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CPCP Point Endeavors for Recertification

Point Endeavors for Recertification

This page is intended to help current CPCPs (who are pursuing the points method for recertification) identify point-eligible endeavors, the associated point value and maximum points allowed for a particular type of endeavor.

 

Overview of Requirements

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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 Rules

Double-Counting Prohibited

Double-counting of points is not allowed; for example, a CPCP 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
  • points previously claimed in conjunction with the initial exam application or a previous CPCP recertification process

First-Time Recertification

CPCPs who complete point-eligible endeavors during the interim period after submitting their exam application, but prior to receiving their exam results may apply these activities toward their first recertification, providing that the activities were not previously claimed for points.

  • Example: Someone applies for the June 2012 testing period in March 2012 and then attends the NAPCP Annual Conference in April 2012. This event should not have been part of the CPCP application submitted in March. As such, the CPCP is allowed to claim the April 2012 conference points when recertifying for the first time in June 2015.

 

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

Table of Qualifying Point Endeavors
Experience/Other Professional Credential
(occurring during the CPCP's three-year certification period)

Points

Max. Pts.

Card-related work experience (end-user or provider); view a sample letter for documenting end-user work experience

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

Obtain or renew 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

Card/Card-Related Education
(occurring during the CPCP's three-year certification 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

6

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

see pt. values

4

Webinar (most are 60–90 minutes, worth 0.25 point each)

see pt. values

9

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
(occurring during the CPCP's three-year certification period)

Points

Max. Pts.

NAPCP council member/committee chair

4/year

12

NAPCP task force member (excludes NAPCP online user groups)

3/year

9

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

1/year

3

 
Speaking/Facilitation Endeavors (Card/Card-Related Topic)
(occurring during the CPCP's three-year certification period)

Points

Max. Pts.

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

3

9

NAPCP Annual Conference speaker

1

3

NAPCP audio call/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 speaking point even if same presentation is delivered more than once

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)
(occurring during the CPCP's three-year certification period)

Points

Max. Pts.

Write educational content used in published industry education; see below

PCPCC decision

8

Read and critique industry report from designated list; see below

1

3

 

 

Survey Endeavors (Card/Card-Related Topic)
(occurring during the CPCP's three-year certification period; the NAPCP's bi-weekly polls are not point-eligible)

Points

Max. Pts.

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

pt. value varies

3

Other Industry Participation/Contributions
(occurring during the CPCP's three-year certification 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

Upon invitation by PCPCC, provide at least 10 new CPCP exam questions; must be approved by PCPCC and used for exam purposes to earn credit; see below

1

1

 

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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
This endeavor is limited to end-users. It refers to a CPCP 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 a CPCP who manages the card program half-time and functions as a buyer the other half of their time. If a CPCP'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 a CPCP'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 Audio/Video Interviews

Fulfill interviewee role for an audio/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
  • Members, access an example of a qualifying audio interview

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 CPCP'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.

#Read and critique industry report:

  • Select a resource from the approved list (below, if available), read, write a critique/analysis and take a short quiz (link to quiz to be provided after critique is submitted).
  • The written critique must be a minimum of 500 words, demonstrating that the CPCP understands the material.
  • Upon completion of critique, submit to cpcp@napcp.org.
  • Award of one point is subject to PCPCC review and approval of submitted critique and CPCP successful completion of the quiz. The PCPCC will not judge writing style, grammar or punctuation, but the critique is expected to be professional.

Other Industry Participation

Participating in a CPCP item (question) review meeting and submitting new CPCP exam questions are two endeavors that occur on an occasional basis only—approximately every other year. Participation is by invitation only:

  • Item (question) review meetings are conducted by a small group (generally less than 10 individuals); if interested in this endeavor, e-mail cpcp@napcp.org.
  • The opportunity to write new CPCP exam questions is generally extended to all current CPCPs, as applicable.

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