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Eligibility Requirements

To sit for the CPSM examination, a candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree plus four years of experience in marketing or business development for firms providing professional services, or
  • Possess an associate’s degree plus six years work experience in marketing or business development for firms providing professional services, or
  • Without a degree, have eight years of experience in marketing or business development for firms providing professional services

In addition, all candidates must pledge to abide by the CPSM Code of Ethics.

Application Process

Step 1. Complete and submit the online CPSM application form and application fee to Professional Testing Corporation (PTC). Include a copy of your college transcript, or a notarized photocopy of your degree (when applicable).

Step 2. The application will be reviewed, and candidates will receive their Eligibility Notice from PTC within two weeks. Candidates will have one year from their application approval date to sit for the exam. (If you do not receive your Eligibility Notice from PTC within two weeks, contact PTC at 212.356.0660 for a duplicate.)

Step 3. Refer to the Eligibility Notice for details on how to schedule your examination appointment at a PSI Testing Center. Appointment times are first-come, first-serve, so schedule your appointment as soon as you receive your Eligibility Notice to maximize your chance of testing at your preferred location and on your preferred date. You have one year from the date your application is approved to take the test. 

Fee Schedule

  SMPS Member  Nonmember  
Application Fee:  $245 $350
Examination Fee: $275 $415
Total Fee*: $520 $765
     
Retesting Fee $275 $415
     
Recertification Fee**: $225 $375

*Application and examination fees are due with submission of application to PTC
**Required once every three years

Cancellation Policies

There is no refund of the application fee. If your application does not meet the eligibility requirements for CPSM candidacy, only the examination fee will be refunded.

For More Information

Contact Kevin Doyle, SMPS Headquarters, at 1.800.292.7677 or 1.703.549.6117, x232, or kevin@smps.org.