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CPCP Point Endeavors for Initial Eligibility

Point Endeavors for Initial Eligibility

This page is intended to help individuals identify point-eligible endeavors (and the associated point values) when applying to take the CPCP exam.

 

Overview of Requirements
  • Review information about the application process.
  • To apply to take the exam, you need to have a minimum of two years' Commercial Card (e.g., P-Card) work experience and 15 qualifying points.
  • The primary point categories are: work experience/other professional credential, college education, card-related education, and industry participation; see below.
  • Appropriate supporting documentation is required for all claimed points.
Point Values

Some endeavors have a fixed value, as noted in the table below. For other endeavors, the point value varies, depending on the amount of qualifying content (must be card/card-related). The general rule is a minimum of four hours of P-Card and/or related content—up to one full day—to potentially earn one full point. 

Determining Qualifying Content
For endeavors not explicitly outlined below, refer to the webpage on determining qualifying content.
Additional Rule

Double-Counting Prohibited

Double-counting of points is not allowed; for example, an individual cannot claim:

  • qualifying college courses and the resulting college degree
  • card-related work experience and activities completed as part of their job, such as reports, manuals, presentations, etc. specific to a particular organization or card program

 

The following qualifying endeavors and associated point values are subject to change.

Table of Qualifying Point Endeavors
Experience/Other Professional Credential

Points

Max. Pts.

Minimum of two years Commercial Card (e.g., P-Card) work experience (end-user or provider)

3/year

9

Purchasing- or accounting-related work experience (end-users only, limited to those who fulfill a specific purchasing or accounting job); see below

1/year

3

Currently hold one of these professional credentials: APS, CAPA, CAPP, CCCM, CFCM, CFE, CLGPO, CM, CMA, C.P.M., CPA, CPCM, CPP, CPPB, CPPO, CPSM, CTP, GCPA, GCPCA, GTP, PMP 

5

5

Maximum points for this section:

 

17

College Degree (from an accredited college or university)

Points

Max. Pts.

MBA (or other business-related master's degree)

15

15

Bachelor's

10

10

Associate's

5

5

Card/Card-Related Education
(activities must have occurred within 36 months of testing period)

Points

Max.
Pts.

NAPCP Annual Conference

3

9

NAPCP Regional Forum

1

3

Workshop on Commercial Cards by NAPCP or other external organization—not an end-user organization; see below

see pt. values 

4

Conference/forum by a card provider

see pt. values

6

Purchasing- or accounting-related conference/forum (e.g., NIGP, IFO, ISM); maximum of two points per event

see pt. values

4

Educational event for card professionals hosted by end-user organization or regional group; see below

see pt. values

4

Audio call/webinar (most are 60–90 minutes, worth 0.25 point each)

see pt. values

4

Other qualifying card-related education (e.g., event, course, certificate program) pre-approved by the PCPCC (to submit an inquiry, click here); for example, the "P-Cards on Campus" conference is worth two points

PCPCC decision

6

 

 

External Committee or Task Force
(activities must have occurred within 36 months of testing period)

Points

Max. Pts.

NAPCP council member/committee chair

4/year

8

NAPCP task force member (excludes NAPCP online user groups)

3/year

6

Other voluntary, external committee (outside of job) related to Commercial Cards; must be pre-approved by the PCPCC (to submit an inquiry, click here)

1/year

2

 

 

Speaking/Facilitation Endeavors (Card/Card-Related Topic)
(activities must have occurred within 36 months of testing period)

Points

Max. Pts.

NAPCP workshop instructor (workshops spanning multiple hours to one full day)

3

6

NAPCP Annual Conference speaker

1

3

NAPCP webinar speaker

1

3

NAPCP Regional Forum speaker or host

1

2

Speaker for other qualifying event by other org. (e.g., card provider, IFO); 1 point per event versus 1 point per presentation

1

6

Facilitation of topical/industry roundtable at card/card-related conference/forum; 0.25 point per event versus 0.25 point per "round"

0.25

1

Fulfilling an interviewee role for an educational webinar or video interview published within the industry (e.g., the NAPCP's website); see below

0.25

1

 
Writing Endeavors (Card/Card-Related Topic)
(activities must have occurred within 36 months of testing period)

Points

Max. Pts.

Write educational content used in published industry education; see below

PCPCC decision

8

Survey Endeavors (Card/Card-Related Topic)
(activities must have occurred within 36 months of testing period; NAPCP bi-weekly polls are not eligible)

Points

Max. Pts.

Complete card industry research/benchmark survey (point eligibility and value subject to review and approval by the PCPCC)

PCPCC decision

2

Other Industry Participation/Contributions
(activities must have occurred within 36 months of testing period)

Points

Max. Pts.

Upon invitation by PCPCC, participate in CPCP item (question) review meeting (pt. value based on meeting duration, which varies); see below

pt. value varies

2

Other qualifying participation pre-approved by the PCPCC (to submit an inquiry, click here)

PCPCC decision

2

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Additional Details About Point Endeavors

 

Workshop on Commercial Cards and/or Commercial Payments
A workshop is different than a conference or similar event, as it offers a concentrated learning opportunity—typically an interactive format among a smaller group of participants (e.g., approximately 50 or less).

Purchasing- or Accounting-Related Work Experience
As noted in the table above, this endeavor is limited to end-users. It refers to an individual who fulfills a job role/position within one of these departments that is separate from a card program management role and the associated card program duties. For example, it could apply to an individual who manages the card program half-time and functions as a buyer the other half of their time. If an individual's job role is exclusive to card program management, this point category does not apply.

Educational Event by End-User Organization or Regional Group
Separate from an individual's ongoing job responsibilities, such events generally include one or more educational presentations on a card/card-related topic, interactive discussions, sharing of best practices, etc. One or more providers (of card products or services) often participate, sometimes fulfilling a speaking role. Examples include:

  • an internal event centrally hosted by an organization with offices (and program managers and administrators) throughout the U.S.
  • regional group of program managers and administrators organize and host quarterly events

Educational Webinar/Video Interviews

Fulfill interviewee role for an Webinar/video interview published within the industry:

  • Interviewee is essentially a subject-matter expert, relaying his or her knowledge and experience to educate other industry professionals
  • Interview must be educational (not based on a particular provider or proprietary solution)
  • Duration of interview must be at least 20 minutes

Writing Endeavors

Write educational content used in published industry education:

  • Point eligibility and value subject to review and approval by the PCPCC.
  • Generally speaking, a 500- to 1,200-word article may qualify for 1 point, but point value may be less or more, depending on content; range of point values is 0.5 (1/2) point to 2 points.
  • Written content should include more than just a sample document. Sample documents based on a particular organization or program (e.g., training manual, presentation, etc.), created as part of someone's job, would be considered part of the individual's card-related work experience and, as such, cannot be counted again as a writing endeavor.
  • To be point-eligible, written content must be created for an external audience (e.g., other card professionals) and offer educational takeaways, such as a "how to" and/or "why" element. Click here to view one example (limited to NAPCP members only). Another example would be an article written for and published within a trade journal (access to this example is limited to members only), business magazine or similar publication.
  • Writing content for the NAPCP newsletter or online Resource Center are just two possibilities; if interested, refer to the submission guidelines for these endeavors.

Approved Surveys

If you would like another survey considered for point eligibility, please complete the inquiry form.

Other Industry Participation

Participating in a CPCP item (question) review meeting is an endeavor that occurs on an occasional basis only—approximately every other year. Participation is by invitation only. These meetings are conducted by a small group (generally less than 10 individuals); if interested in this endeavor, e-mail cpcp@napcp.org.

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