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Overview of Eligibility Requirements and Application Process

Begin by reading the Handbook for Candidates, which is a required first step. Also review the Code of Ethics.

Minimum requirements: To apply to take the exam (offered three times annually), you need a minimum:

  • two years of Commercial Card (e.g., P-Card) work experience (end-user or provider) and
  • 15 points; view point-eligible endeavors (work experience counts toward the points)

The application process requires:

  • completed application – save this PDF to your computer; when ready, open, complete electronically and then print
  • completed application supplement (only if you are claiming points for industry participation and/or professional development/continuing education)
  • supporting documentation for claimed points
  • payment of the application fee


If applicable, also complete the form for requesting special needs accommodations.


The application fee is:

  • $295.00 for NAPCP members
  • $395.00 for non-members/complimentary subscribers

Mail the forms, supporting documentation and payment to the NAPCP’s business partner, the Professional Testing Corporation (PTC):

Certification Examination for Purchasing Card Professionals

Professional Testing Corporation

1350 Broadway – 17th Floor

New York, New York 10018

Wait to hear from PTC concerning your eligibility. After the application period closes, PTC will e-mail eligibility notices to approved candidates. When receiving such a notice, you can schedule your exam.
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