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Each CRP course offered by RPI is approved for .6 CEUs as approved by ANSI/ IACET. Recognition Professionals International is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

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Certified Recognition Professional® Courses

All effective recognition programs are dynamic cycles of assessment, strategy, implementation, and review. While this cycle is easy to define, it's difficult to execute well.

Recognition Professionals International® (RPI) developed the Certified Recognition Professional® (CRP) program and curriculum to guide participants through this Best Practice process and produce measurable benefits for their organizations.

A vital part of any professional's growth and development is access to an educational environment that offers the appropriate knowledge and skill set. RPI has established performance standards and criteria for our emerging profession that produce bottom line results. Please note that Structuring Recognition Programs for Success - CRP I is a prerequisite course for Building a Recognition Blueprint, Designing and Implementing Recognition Programs and Creating a Recognition Culture.

IMPORTANT: *Prerequisite course: Structuring Recognition Programs for Success - CRP I

Program Goals Include:

  • To raise the professional standards of those engaged in employee recognition.
  • To encourage continuing education for professional development.
  • To encourage self-development by offering guidelines for achievement in the employee recognition profession.
  • To identify and award special recognition to those persons who have demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge of those principles and practices of employee recognition and also laws governing and affecting employee recognition.


You will be required to login. If you are a member, go here to the RPI Learning Center and you will be able to access Recognition Fundmentals and CRP I. If you are a member and forgot your password, click here. If you are not a member, click here and you can purchase Recognition Fundamentals or CRP I here.

CRP I is available online. Creating a Recognition Culture, Building a Recognition Blueprint, and Designing and Implementing Recognition Programs are all available at the 2016 RPI Conference.

One of the RPI Best Practice Standards® is "Program Change & Flexibility." We’ve listened to feedback from our Certified Recognition Professional® (CRP) participants and applied it to our course content to bring you an exciting NEW path to certification in 2016!

We recently stepped back and took a fresh look at the CRP structure, based on your input from past evaluations and our 7 RPI Best Practice Standards®. The result is a series that offers rich content in these strategic areas:

Creating a Recognition Culture (formerly CRP IV): 
This professional certification course focuses on the underpinning theories of motivation and appreciation, cultural consideration, landscape of the industry and recognition systems and trends. Participants gain exposure to roles of recognition, engagement linkage, regulatory things to know, and the ABC's of motivational theory; Participants also become familiar with corporate culture definitions, components, and theory, recognition system methodology, embedding recognition, and current trends including gamification and social recognition.

Building a Recognition Blueprint (formerly CRP II): 
This professional certification course provides baseline assessment tools, alignment between organizational strategy and recognition strategy, components of management responsibility, and common recognition measurements. Participants will map their own current recognition practices and programs with a recognition-specific audit tool, assess the gaps, set goals to close the gaps through a strategic recognition plan, identify ways to ensure management responsibility, and set meaningful measurements. Participants will also gain exposure to several assessment tools, recent best practice case studies, and measurement tips.

Designing and Implementing Recognition Programs (Formerly CRP III): 
This professional certification course brings all the information together from the first three courses and covers designing the recognition program, evaluating progress made toward the goals and making needed changes. Participants gain exposure to program design in the areas of: organizational structure, demographics, three levels of recognition, generations, communications, training, outsourcing considerations, negotiation, challenges of multi-site recognition implementation, and event and celebration planning. Participants also become familiar with the natural life-cycle stages of recognition programs, program evaluation, and change strategies to apply for any redesign.

Each module stands alone but when all are completed they provide a holistic, comprehensive and essential guide that every Certified Recognition Professional® needs to design, build, implement, measure and maintain a successful recognition culture.