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