BGC Introduces the Certified Professional Product Steward (CPPS) Certification

This September, the Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BCG) will offer the first exam for its newest certification, the Certified Professional Product StewardTM (CPPS). The Product Stewardship Society supported BGC in the creation of the CPPS to provide product stewardship professionals with an opportunity to distinguish their expertise and build professional credibility within their organizations.

Whether a seasoned product steward or a professional who has transitioned from another field, the CPPS demonstrates that individuals possess a solid understanding of the exam’s four domains:

  • Assessment, Impact Analysis, and Risk Management
  • Communication
  • Data and Information Management
  • Regulatory Compliance

To earn the CPPS designation, candidates must pass a comprehensive exam covering these four domains. Candidates must also meet specific education and experience requirements.

The first exam will be administered September 1 through September 30, 2020 and BGC is accepting applications for it now. To encourage candidates to apply, BGC is waiving the application fee for the first two exams.

Application FeeExam Fee
September 2020 ExamWaived$250
March 2021 Exam
Subsequent Exams$150$250

The application deadline to sit for the first exam is July 15, 2020. Candidates who pass will be the very first to hold the Certified Professional Product Steward (CPPS) credential.

Professionals who are interested in pursuing the CPPS credential should download and review the CPPS Candidate Handbook to find all of the exam details, including:

  • The exam blueprint (outlining the four domains, tasks, knowledge, and skills covered in the exam)
  • Complete eligibility and application requirements
  • Examination procedures, format, and scheduling

The Product Stewardship Society has a number of resources to help candidates prepare for the exam, including several publications frequently cited as resources and an upcoming online CPPS exam prep course, which will debut this summer. Additionally, our Stewardship On Demand learning library contains sessions covering all aspects of product stewardship and can serve as a supplemental resource.

With reaching this significant milestone, we would be remiss not to recognize and thank the dozens of volunteer product stewardship experts who contributed to the development of this credential over the past several years. From building the exam blueprint to writing the exam questions, this credential has been developed for product stewardship professionals by product stewardship professionals. Their efforts will help establish a common framework to define the practice of product stewardship for years to come.

If you, or a product steward you know, are interested in furthering your career by earning the CPPS, get started here.


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