Redefining Recruitment to Retention

AAPPR Fellowship Program

The AAPPR Fellowship Certification lets you stand apart from the crowd because it demonstrates you have received comprehensive education in all aspects of physician and provider recruitment.

The AAPPR Fellowship Program is the most comprehensive, authoritative resource for health care professionals seeking to develop and test their skills and knowledge within a broad spectrum of topics including physician and provider recruitment, onboarding and retention, human resources, and relevant legal issues.

AAPPR is changing its certification name to CPRP, learn more by clicking here.

What does it offer?

The program provides an in-depth view of recruiting basics such as sourcing, screening, and interviewing, as well as delving deeper into advanced topics such as interpreting benchmarking metrics and understanding/implementing medical staff development plans. Recruitment professionals with the FASPR designation are equipped with resources, best practices, and cutting-edge training that is put to use every day in order to recruit and retain top candidates for their hospital and health systems, as well as to influence hiring practices in the provider workforce.

Studying for and taking the fellowship exams was the best thing I’ve done for my career. The courses were challenging and stimulating and reminded me that regardless of how long I’ve been an in-house physician recruitment professional (15 years), there’s always more to learn.
— Lori Jackson-Norris, FASPR dignity health
chandler regional medical center
mercy gilbert medical center
  • Earning your FASPR Certification
    • Requirements

      The program consists of three modules and three exams.

      Those who pass the 101 exam receive the designation of AASPR (Associate). Those who pass both the 101 and 201 exams receive the designation of DASPR (Diplomate). Those who pass the 101, 201, AND 301 exams receive the designation of FASPR (Fellow).

      Those taking the course have one year to complete it from the date it is purchased.

    • Topics Covered
      • Cutting-edge physician sourcing methodologies
      • Effective screening techniques
      • Creating positive physician interview experiences
      • Making immigration work for your recruitment program
      • How to develop a recruitment budget
      • Current trends in compensation
      • Effective sourcing for advanced practice providers
      • Understanding developing components of a relocation policy
      • Effective physician onboarding programs
      • Practical advice on developing a retention program
      • Negotiating
      • Understanding physician contracts and the physician self-referral law (“Stark”) and federal anti-kickback statute
      • Medical staff development plans
      • Interpreting benchmarking metrics
      • Advanced immigration issues – visas, H-1B caps and exemptions
      • Physician benefit plans
      • Employment law, regulatory agencies and avoiding potential litigation
    • Eligibility

      The modules are open for anyone to take; however, only members are able to sit for the exam and earn their AASPR, DASPR, or FASPR designation.

  • Renewing your FASPR certification

    FASPR status will be valid for three years from the date of completion. Renewal will be required within three months of FASPR expiration date.

    The following criteria must be met to complete your FASPR renewal:

    If these criteria are met, you will receive a new FASPR Certificate upon your recertification.

  • Continuing Education

    Hours of continuing education may be obtained through:

    • Attending AAPPR conferences (approximately 9-11 hours depending on the program)
    • Viewing AAPPR webinars, either live or on demand through our Learning Center
    • Educational programs, conferences, webinars, etc. from any organization on our list of AAPPR-approved providers

    AAPPR credits (from annual conferences, webinars, etc.) are automatically added to the professional development section of your profile on a monthly basis. You may log continuing education credits from AAPPR-approved organizations as you earn them. Your CE transcript can be obtained in your AAPPR profile as well.

  • Fellowship Group Discount Program
    • Discount Rates

      AAPPR offers a discount program to employing organizations that already have a group membership established with AAPPR. Those who wish to take advantage of this discount must have at least six individuals registering for the same fellowship module.

      • 6-10 Module Registrations: 25% off current rate
      • 11-20 Module Registrations: 30% off current rate
      • 21+ Module Registrations: 35% off current rate
    • Register Your Group

      Fill out our Group Fellowship Registration form below to join your group today.

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The Fellowship Module Pricing is based on if you are eligible to take the courses.


$900 Bundle
$1,600 Bundle

Group Discount

6-10 registrations
25% off
current rate
11-20 registrations
30% off
current rate
21+ registrations
35% off
current rate

Certified Physician/Provider Recruitment Professional

In January 2020, AAPPR announced a new competency model and exciting plans to change the FASPR certification to one that strategically aligns with this model.

We are pleased to announce the name of the certification is CPRP (Certified Physician/Provider Recruitment Professional). This change signifies AAPPR’s commitment to helping you advance your career.

As long as you currently hold the FASPR designation, and are a member in good standing, you will automatically be transferred to the CPRP designation.

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Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act

The Association is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), and ensuring equal access to our examinations and certification program. We provide appropriate and necessary testing accommodations for candidates with documented disabilities, where the disability impacts the candidate’s ability to take our examinations under the standard terms and conditions of our respective examinations. Please contact us at to request an accommodation. All decisions regarding testing accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. The information and documentation provided to AAPPR must 1) confirm and establish there is a current substantial limitation in a major life activity related to ability to take our examinations, and 2) provide a rationale and an objective basis for why the requested accommodation is necessary.

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