Certified Professional Secretary® (CPS®) and Certified Administrative Professional® (CAP®)
IAAP®, through its Institute for Certification, offers two separate certification programs, the CPS rating and the CAP rating. Out of 4.1 million administrative professionals, less than 63,000 have achieved the CPS designation since 1951 and just under 2,900 have achieved the CAP designation since its first administration in May 2001.
To attain the CPS rating, a secretary/administrative professional must meet certain educational and work experience requirements and pass a three-part one-day examination. The CPS Examination is administered the first Saturday of May and November.
To attain the CAP rating, an administrative professional must meet certain educational and work experience requirements and pass a four-part, one and one-half day examination. The four-part exam is administered the first Friday afternoon and Saturday of May and November.
Part 1: Finance and Business Law (Economics, Accounting, Business Law)
Part 2: Office Systems and Administration (Office Technology, Office Administration, Business Communications)
Part 3: Management (Behavioral Science in Business, Human Resources Management, Organizations and Management)
Part 4: Organizational Planning (Team Skills, Strategic Planning, Advanced Administration)