Certified RPG Professional
The Certified Role-Playing Game Professional (CRPGP) certification is a professional certification created and currently maintained by RPG.LLC.
Similar approaches to professional certifications are seen in a variety of fields to establish consistent baselines of service quality, safety, and employer expectations. In the tech sector, Microsoft, Oracle, and the SANS Institute, offer a variety of professional certifications to set a baseline quality control and definition of standards at different levels with various areas of focus. In the education industry it is not unusual to have an overarching certification with a wide variety of endorsements. In the healthcare sector it is common to have various specialty and population specialization areas. We also highly regard the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and the Board Certified Music Therapist, certifications as many of our requirements map well to the subject matter included in those specialty certifications, however our certification focuses on specialization in as a role-playing game professional using RPGs as an intervention modality rather than the broader music or recreation therapy.
As with the aforementioned technology certifications, currently no accrediting body recognizes the CRPGP, instead over time they have come to be recognized by other organizations in the field for the quality (or lack thereof) and provide recognized value to employers for applicants with the credentials.
For the short term it will be this market-driven approach that determines the value of the CRPGP in the RPG industry.
Over time however, RPG.LLC plans to apply to accrediting bodies, especially for the certifications related to education and therapeutic specialties, to increase the value and impact of the CRPGP.
Furthermore, RPG.LLC is considering creating a separate organization solely for managing the CRPGP, something along the lines of The Council for Role-Playing Game Professional Certification, though this is currently in the earliest stages.
At present the CRPGP is undergoing considerable revision since first proposed in 2004, and formalized in 2014 under other name variations. Based on Job Analysis information from practitioners, employers, and other professionals we continue to revise this certification every 5 years.
This is one reason why the certification has a limited "shelf life" before recertification is required (though this can be extended through ongoing training, attending authorized events for CPUs (Continuing Professional Units) and/or CEUs (Continuing Education Units), etc.).
The CRPGP is valid for 5 years from publication of the certification date. Those wishing to retain their certification without having to take the latest certification test again, must report every 2 years their aggregate CPUs or CEUs during their certification period to renew for an additional 2 years.
Lapsed certification means the professional will need to meet all requirements of the latest version of the CRPGP, and will no longer be "grandfathered" in.