CPAIP Testing

Testing provided by CTS

Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals, Inc. (ICDVP) works with Continental Testing Servies to provide test application, test references, candidate study guide, language proficiency form, supervisor assessment form and exam dates.

Visit the CTS Website for more testing information and exam dates.

The following references support the questions on this examination. These books may be available at retail stores and in public and academic libraries. They are also available online from, Barnes and Noble ( and as well as directly from the publishers.

ICDVP selected the following references as the best available sources to represent knowledge and competencies that should be familiar to a certified professional. While these references support questions in content areas important to safe and effective practice, ICDVP does not recommend any particular service model or endorse every statement in these sources. However, ICDVP affirms that domestic violence professionals should be familiar with the issues addressed in these sources.

Bancroft, Lundy & Silverman, Jay G. The Batterer as Parent, 2nd Edition (2012). Sage Series on Violence Against Women
Publisher: Sage Publications.

Pence, Ellen, and Paymar, Michael. Education Groups for Men Who Batter: The Duluth Model (1993)
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

Wilson, K.J. When Violence Begins at Home, 2nd Edition (2005)
Publisher: Hunter House Inc.
Publishers Website:

Bergen, Raquel K., “Marital Rape: New Research and Directions.” (2006)
National Resource Center of Domestic Violence (NRCDV).
Available here

Illinois Domestic Violence Act, Revised 2015
Publisher: Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Illinois Administrative Code 501, Partner Abuse Intervention. Illinois Department of Social Services. (2014)

A Manual for Mandated Reporters (2015)
Publisher: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Reporting Adult Abuse: What Professionals Need to Know (2014)
Publisher: Illinois Department on Aging
Available here

Safety & Sobriety: Best Practices in Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse (2005)
Publisher: Illinois Department of Human Services, Domestic Violence/Substance Abuse Interdisciplinary Task Force

All candidates for the Illinois Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professional certification must complete 40-hour Domestic Violence training at an ICDVP certified training site, complete 20-hour PAIP training at an ICDVP certified training site; and complete 150 hours of satisfactory, documented, supervised direct services at an IDHS approved PAIP program within 3 years of examination date with all hours completed prior to submission of the application. It is the responsibility of the candidate seeking supervision to ensure the following are met.

Hours towards certification must be earned subsequent to completion of the 40-hour Domestic Violence training or the 20-hour/20-hour at an ICDVP certified training site, but may begin prior to the completion of the 20-hour PAIP training as long as the PAIP training is completed within 6 months of the start of supervision.

  • Direct service is defined as service hours provided, and not clocked hours worked.
  • The individual providing supervision must be a current CPAIP working at an IDHS approved PAIP program.

There are no ICDVP approved supervision sites for CPAIP candidates. Instead, supervision must be obtained by providing services at an IDHS approved PAIP program and under the supervision of a current CPAIP. If a candidate does not work for an IDHS approved PAIP program, then hours may be obtained by providing abuser intervention services at their agency or another agency that is an IDHS approved PAIP program under the supervision of a current CPAIP.

  • The CPAIP providing supervision has the discretion to charge external candidates for the supervision.
  • It is recommended that the supervisor have a contract or MOU between their agency and the ICDVP candidate that defines expectations for both parties.

All 150 hours must fit into the 4 approved categories of activities with the hours obtained as listed below.

  1. Group Services: This must account for at least 120 hours.
  2. Victim/Survivor Service Contact: This must account for no less than 8 hours and no more than 20 hours.
  3. Intake Assessments: This must account for no more than 15 hours.
  4. Counseling: This must account for no more than 7.5 hours.

A minimum of 15 hours of supervision are required for every 150 hours of direct services (not clock hours worked, but service hours provided) as defined in the above section. Those 15 hours may consist of any combination of the following:

  • Face to Face
  • Phone Consultation
  • Video Conferencing Communication
  • Review and discussion of documentation and client records
  • Review and discussion of the IDVA, including confidentiality limitations for services not provided through a domestic violence agency
  • Direct observation of service provided.

Group supervision for all sites is limited to 5 supervisees in the group.

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