CRBP Eligibility Requirements


If the following statements describe you, then you should make attaining the Certified Recreational Boating Professional credential your goal:

You have Recreational Boating Professional experience being employed or volunteering at a qualifying organization. You currently, or within the last six months have been employed or volunteering at a qualifying organization.

A qualifying organization is a state boating agency, U.S. Coast Guard, recreational boating business, recreational boating-related nonprofit organization.

You have an associate degree or higher, or in lieu of a degree, you have four additional years of professional work experience.

Work experience can be substituted for a degree on a calculated basis. Each year of completed undergraduate studies may be substituted for two years of professional work experience.

You are committed to upholding the CRBP Standards of Conduct and have no felony convictions related to the recreational boating.

You have completed 25 hours of broad-based qualifying professional development within the last five years preceding the application submission.

Qualifying Professional Development Activities

Any continuing professional education offered by any professional entity may be acceptable toward the professional development requirement as long as it is directly related to either recreational boating as defined by the CRBP exam content outline, and meets the guidelines outlined below. The CRBP Commission strongly recommends that you fulfill the professional development requirement by completing coursework in proportion to the weighting of each content area on the exam content outline.

Acceptable professional development activities include:

1. Live conferences, workshops, seminars, or classes (including face-to-face, audio/videoconference, and online delivery) offered by NASBLA or other providers, earn CRBP credit for actual clock time of qualifying education including partial hours, up to a maximum of 8 CRBP credits per day. Note: Online courses must be instructor led, or meet the criteria outlined for self-study credit.)

2. College or university courses (e.g., face-to-face, independent study/correspondence, online) related to recreational boating taken for academic credit at a U.S. accredited academic institution earn CRBP credits as follows:

15 CRBP credits per earned college semester credit
14 CRBP credits per earned college trimester credit
10 CRBP credits per earned college quarter credit


A 3-credit semester course would earn 45 CRBP credits.
A 2-credit quarter course would earn 20 CRBP credits.
Documentation Required: Copy of a transcript and a course description

The following are NOT eligible to earn CRBP credit:
General software/training courses
Expo hall hours
Networking receptions
Breaks between educational sessions
Product-specific promotional courses or training
Job-related duties

Upholding NASBLA's Standards of Conduct

Review the current Standards.

Felony Convictions

Applicants must disclose if they have been convicted of a felony related to recreational boating. Candidates must disclose all felony convictions to the CRBP Commission using the Felony Disclosure Form. If the Commission determines the felony was related to recreational boating the applicant may be ineligible.


Download a CRBP Exam Application.