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Name of Credential

Credentialed Pain Educator (CPE)

Organization Name

American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE)


6 Erie Street
Montclair, NJ 07042


(973) 233-5570



Eligibility criteria

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.

Duration of initial certification

5 years

Recertification requirements

The Certified Pain Educator (CPE) credential is valid for five (5) years. To maintain the credential, CPEs must:

  • Maintain current American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE) membership
  • Remain a healthcare professional licensed by a recognized US jurisdiction (eg, state)


  • Fundamentals of Instruction/Pedagogy (28%)
    • Adult-to-Adult Learning Theories
    • Establishing Educational Objectives
    • Tailoring Presentations to Professional Audiences
    • Tailoring Presentations to Lay Audiences
  •  Science of Pain (10%)
    • Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology
    • Epidemiology of Pain
  •  Clinical Application (49%)
    • Assess Pain
    • Apply Diagnostic Methods
    • Differentiate Clinical Syndromes
    • Integrate Treatment Options
    • Evaluate Current Research for Treatment Options
  •  Ethical/Legal Implications (13%)
    • Ethical Standards in Pain Management and Research
    • Medical/Legal Aspects


  • Initial Certification fee: $400
  • Annual Certification Maintenance fee: None
  • Recertification fee: $400

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