To take the Certified Pain Educator (CPE) Examination, a candidate must be a current member of the American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE) and be able to furnish documentation* that the following eligibility criteria have been met:
Licensure - Applicant must hold a current license as a healthcare professional.
Clinical/Professional Experience - Applicant must have at least two (2) years of full-time experience or four (4) years of half-time experience in a position in which at least 10% of the applicant’s time is devoted to providing pain-related education to clinical peers and/or patients (eg, 400 hours of pain education experience). Note: Experience must have accrued within the last five (5) years.
Certified Continuing Education Activities - Applicant must have completed at least 30 hours (credits) of pain-related educational activities certified for Category 1 CME, CPE, CE, or other professional credit. Note: Credits must have been earned within the last five (5) years.
*The type of documentation required is described in the Candidate Handbook and on the Application Form.
Candidates who are unsure if they meet the criteria as stated or who feel their qualifications are different but equivalent, may contact the ASPE at firstname.lastname@example.org.