Earning the Certified Professional Product Steward® (CPPS®) credential demonstrates your knowledge and expertise essential to the best practice of product stewardship as well as your commitment to professional development and a code of ethics.

The CPPS is administered by the Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC). More information on the requirements for applying for the credential can be found on BGC's website.

Here are the steps to earning your CPPS:

Step 1: Read the Candidate Handbook

Review BGC's CPPS Candidate Handbook to understand all of the policies and procedures related to eligibility, applying for the exam, and sitting for the exam.

Step 2: Determine Your Eligibility

To be eligible for the CPPS exam, candidates must meet several eligibility requirements, including academic, ethics, and work experience.

Step 3: Apply for the Exam

The CPPS exam will be offered twice a year, in March and September. Select a date that allows you time to prepare and fits with your schedule.

  • Spring Application Deadline: December 1
  • Fall Application Deadline: June 1

Step 4: Prepare for the Exam

The Product Stewardship Society offers a variety of resources to help you build your subject matter expertise so you'll be ready to take the exam.

Step 5: Take the Exam

The three-hour examination contains 150 multiple-choice questions. Upon passing the exam, you will be awarded the CPPS credential, which will be valid for five years.


For questions about earning the CPPS, contact BGC at applications@goBGC.org.

Why Get Certified?

Professional certifications like the Certified Professional Product Steward can provide tangible benefits for both professionals and employers:

For Professionals

  • Validate your expertise in product stewardship
  • Enhance your professional credibility
  • Elevate your status in the profession
  • Gain a competitive edge in the job market

For Employers

  • Build a team of highly qualified professionals
  • Ensure your team is up to date on best practices
  • Recruit top talent to your team
  • Strengthen your organization's reputation and brand

CPPS Infographics

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