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Recognition Professionals International is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.



Take your career to the next level by enrolling in the Certified Recognition Professionals (CRP) program. RPI’s four-course sequence teaches professionals the fundamental steps for building a successful recognition program. The CRP program uses the Seven Best Practice standards, as well as the latest information and practices to improve organizations around the world through employee recognition.

Program participants not only continue to learn and grow professionally, but also develop the skills necessary for producing bottom-line results at their organizations. With the CRP designation, recognition professionals distinguish themselves as leaders in employee recognition. Download CRP Program pdf.

"Since becoming a Certified Recognition Professional 9 years ago, I have used the knowledge, expertise and industry best practices I gained to help my clients structure award-winning, sustainable programs.  Each year RPI offers opportunities for professional development that allow CRPs to remain on the cutting edge of this dynamic industry and I am grateful to be a part of this thriving community."
  • Dee Hansford, CRP, Dee Hansford Consulting

As the only employee recognition certification program, the CRP program is one-of-a-kind. Take advantage of RPI’s resources and knowledge, and join the hundreds of other recognition professionals who are continuing to make THANKS matter.

Recognition Professionals International is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

Course Outline

Effective and successful recognition programs are dynamic cycles of assessment, strategy, implementation, and review. While this cycle is easy to define, it’s difficult to execute. RPI offers an introductory course and the four CRP course sequence to help professionals successfully execute the cycle.

Recognition Fundamentals

  • Recognition Fundamentals provides an overview of the Seven Best Practices and has been developed from years of implementation and research. Promote awareness and develop a thorough understanding of the vital role recognition plays in organizations with this hour-long course. Recognition Fundamentals is a standalone, introductory course that is recommended but not required for CRP certification.

CRP Program

I - Structuring Recognition Systems for Success

  • The first course in the program introduces RPI’s Seven Best Practice Standards and covers each in-depth.

II - Creating a Recognition Culture

  • The second course highlights cultural considerations, engagement concepts, and motivational theories.

III - Building a Blueprint

  • The third course provides baseline assessment tools, techniques for setting recognition strategy, enlisting management support, and defining measurements.

IV - Designing and Implementing Recognition Programs

  • The final course focuses on the design of the recognition program, including demographics, generational considerations, multi-site implementation, and program evaluation.