CRPGP Endorsements Overview

Why so many variants and areas of specialization?

Endorsements

[CRPGP]-[SECTOR]:[FORMAT]:[ROLE][LEVEL] (SPECIALTIES,)

Endorsements a certified RPG professional has earned appear on their certificate. All certificates must have at least one endorsement, and some endorsements cannot stand alone on a certificate.

As the profession evolves the technical knowledge and skills required to practice successfully in a complex service environment increases significantly.

Beyond the broad range of essential professional skills, there is an increasing expectation to develop specialized knowledge and skills that are distinctive to specific populations and service sectors.

The CRPGP is a baseline, with multiple variants and optional designations of specialization which provide a higher level of assurance and verification that the practitioner has committed to advancing their knowledge and skills to support providing high quality services to the consumer.

Specialization is well recognized within professional practice and has become the norm within many professional verticals using service delivery systems today.

Of course abbreviations in any industry are rife with peril, not to mention all the variations between industries and sub-specialties, but it is not reasonable for most certifications to list the full title in all correspondence, so some effort has to be exerted in standardizing the abbreviations appropriate to the CRPGP certifications.

The overarching certification is referred to as the Certified Role-Playing Game Professional (CRPGP), but rarely will just "CRPGP" be the complete designation. A full certification designation will indicate:

  • Sector (recreation, entertainment, education, therapeutic)
  • RPG Format (ERPG, LARP, TRPG) (if applicable, not applicable for RPG Advocate or Researcher).
  • Role type (facilitator, advocate, game master, etc.)
  • Level (I, II, II, etc.)
  • Specialties (ADHD, ASD, CP, MD, etc.)

It is possible for some professionals to have multiple certifications in a variety of areas.

We tried to provide a single, or few, certifications to cover all bases, but based on consumer and employer feedback this was too much irrelevant training for those wishing for a more focused approach. So we are replicating what organizations like GIAC have done with information security in providing very granular certification options that meet specific professional and employers' extremely varied needs.

If someone wishes to just have one certification covering all of the others, this is referred to as the Certified Role-Playing Game Professional Wizard (CRPGPW). To achieve this certification requires passing all available certifications in all RPG variants, roles, levels, and specialties!

CRPGP Sectors

We provide training and certification for 4 different industry sectors where RPGs are highly in demand. If demand grows in other sectors we may consider additional sector options in the future.

  • Recreation REC
  • Entertainment ENT
  • Education EDU
  • Therapeutic Tx

Recreation

This is the standard RPG experience. When playing for free, this would be playing or running a TRPG with your friends in your home at or at game store, or you and your friends meeting for a LARP, etc.

In Professional RPG experience, this would be slightly different in that the RPG Professional is providing a premium RPG experience for a group of players who have paid (or had paid for by others through gift certificates, employers, etc.) to play. The RPG Professional is paid to provide the clients with a premium experience similar (but superior) to the standard TRPG experience.

Entertainment

This is where an RPG experience is provided for the entertainment of people other than those participating in the RPG itself. For example streaming or on a live set, you as the RPG Professionals may have fun, but your primary goal is to entertain an audience through the RPG activities.

Education

This is where an RPG experience is provided by an RPG professional in an educational setting to achieve specific, quantified learning goals, frequently in a formal academic setting.

Therapeutic

This is where an RPG experience is provided by an RPG Professional to help participants achieve specific measurable therapeutic goals.

RPG Formats

According to the RPG Model, there are 5 major RPG Variants:

  • Electronic (ERPG)
  • Live-action (LARP)
  • Solo Adventure Books/Modules (SABM)
  • Tabletop (TRPG)
  • and Hybrid (HRPG) which covers cross format and other mixtures of RPG formats (for example a crossover between TRPG and collectible card games (CCG)).

Not everyone wishes to train and provide services in all of these formats, and the differences between each format require slightly different skills and knowledge. While much of what you learn from LARP is applicable in a TRPG, there are many things not applicable in TRPG, and many things necessary in TRPG that you would probably not need to know as a LARP GM.

So, because of these variations, we currently offer 3 CRPGP certification variants with the following designations:

  • CRPGP:ERPG
  • CRPGP:LARP
  • CRPGP:TRPG

We do have plans, pending market demand, to address the other two variants SABM and HRPG, but do not currently offer such certification yet.

Roles

Currently available CRPGP roles include:

Advocate (A)

Facilitator (F)

Game Master (GM)

Player Archetype Specialist (PAS)

Researcher (R)

Writer (W)

Levels

Full title levels are indicated by Roman Numerals, while abbreviated designations use Arabic numerals.

Level I = 1

Level II = 2

Level III = 3

Level IV = 4

etc.

Specialization(s)

Wherever possible we attempt to use industry standard abbreviations for specific population specialties. In the case of a duplicate/conflict abbreviation, every attempt to use the most logical abbreviation will be used, though this will be on a first-established-first-followed basis. Meaning that if the abbreviation ASD is allocated for the CRPGP certification to mean Autism Spectrum Disorder, and later it is asked to develop another program for "Adult Spectrum of Disease", we would need to come up with something other than ASD.

Specializations are enclosed in parentheses.

Multiple specializations are listed in alphabetical order and all included within the same parentheses and separated by commas). Example: (ABI,ARA,CHI,CR,MD).

Current specializations available or in development:

ABI = Acquired Brain Injury (includes subsets of stroke, TBI, etc.)

ADHD = Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADO = Adolescence (ages 10-24)

ADU = Adult (ages 24-65 years)

ARA = At-Risk Adult

ARY = At-Risk Youth

AS = Accessibility Specialist

ASD = Autism Spectrum Disorder (includes PDD)

CHI = Children (6-9)

CP = Cerebral Palsy

CR = Conflict Resolution specialist

Deaf = Deaf & Hard of hearing (HoH)

DI = Includes DD and DI

K12 = Kindergarten through 12th grade population in educational settings.

MD = Muscular Dystrophy

PRE = Preschool (2-5 years)

SCI = Spinal Cord Injury

SEN = Senior adults (ages 66+)

SOC = Social skills development specialist

VI = Visual Impairments

Examples

Putting this altogether allows for a broad range of specialty focused options for each professional and employer to meet exact industry demands.

While complicated to create and maintain, this method makes it relatively easy to determine at a glance what skill sets the professional has developed.

[CRPGP]-[SECTOR]:[FORMAT]:[ROLE] (SPECIALTIES)

CRPGP-A1 (Certified Role-Playing Game Professional Advocate Level I)

CRPGP-REC:TRPG:GM1 (CHI,CR,PRE,SOC). Certified Role-Playing Game Professional in Recreational Settings, using Tabletop Role-Playing Games as a Game Master Level 1 with specializations in Child populations, conflict resolution, preschool populations, and social skills development.

CRPGP-EDU:ERPG:F1 (K12). Certified Role-Playing Game Professional in Educational Settings, using Electronic Role-Playing Games as a Facilitator Level 1 with specialization in K-12 populations.

CRPGP-ENT:TRPG:GM1. Certified Role-Playing Game Professional in Entertainment settings: Tabletop Role-Playing Games: Game Master Level 1. No specializations.

CRPGP-Tx:LARP:PAS3 (SEN,SCI). Certified Role-Playing Game Professional in Therapeutic settings using Live-Action Role-Playing as a Player Archetype Specialist Level 3 specializing in Senior populations and Spinal Cord Injuries.

Many people begin at entry level and then work up to higher certifications, they may either just list their "highest" certification achieved in their email signature, and only list all of the certs in their CV.

For example, someone who starts as an Advocate, then becomes a Facilitator, then Game Master. With accumulated specialty foci in Children and social skills development. Focused in Recreation would have the following designation:

  • CRPGP-REC:A1,TRPG:F1,GM1

If specialized in multiple sectors and formats, it may be easier to read if the various designations are on separate lines, but could be listed with commas on a single line if necessary:

CRPGP-EDU,ENT,REC,Tx:A1,LARP:F1,PAS1,TRPG:F1,GM1

vs.

CRPGP-EDU,ENT,REC,Tx:

A1

LARP:F1,PAS1

TRPG:F1,GM1

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