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Certified Professional Property Administrator (CPPA)
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Become a CPPA

To align with accreditation standards, NPMA Certification Polices and Procedures are continuously updated. Please read this information carefully because our procedures have changed.

 

Recent changes to our certification procedures

  1. The separate application fee has been eliminated
  2. An administration fee has been included in the fee of the first time purchase of the CPPA Module 3. This fee is required.
  3. The CPPA administration fee covers the administrative expenses of processing exams and results.

  4. You will receive within 2 business days an electronic version of the  Intermediate Property Management Studies Manual and Study Guide.

  5. There is no longer an option to purchase the electronic version of the study materials as a stand-alone purchase.
  6. If you prefer to have a hard copy of the manual and/or study guide, you may purchase them here.
  7. If you prefer to purchase the study materials without purchasing the exam, please purchase them here to receive the hardcopy version.

 Purchase an exam*

 

 

*This button is for first time exam purchases ONLY. When you purchase the CPPA Module 3 for the first time the fee listed below covers the exam fee and the administration fee which includes the electronic version of study materials for the CPPA Module 3 and 4 exams.

 

Please note when purchasing your CPPA Module 3, you will select one supplement type from five options. Please choose the Module 3 exam and study materials based on the regulations you most frequently follow:


Supplemental Manual Titles:

  • FAR Regulations - Contract Property Management
  • FMR Regulations - Federal Property Management
  • GASB - State/Local Government Property Management
  • OMB Regulations - College/University Property Management
  • Sarbanes-Oxley - Corporate Property Management

IMPORTANT: If you have previously purchased the CPPA study materials, please use this link to purchase your Module 3 exam.

 

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CPPA Eligibility requirements

  1. Have an active CPPS
  2. Have an approved Work Experience Summary.
  3. Have worked in the area of property management for at least three years in seven of the functional areas.
  4. The CPPS, CPPA and CPPM expire five years from the date of issue. To learn more about renewing your highest level of certification, visit our renewal page

 

FUNCTIONAL AREAS 

Definitions of Functional Areas 

 

Acquisition Disposition and Retirement Physical Inventory
Audits Environmental Considerations Property Accounting
Consumption Identification Receiving
Contracts & Agreements Closure Maintenance Records
Control: Ownership, Responsibility, and Accountability
Movement & Transfers Reporting

 

 

Fees

NPMA membership is not required to participate in the Certification Program. The Non-NPMA Member fees listed below do not include a membership.

NPMA Members Non-NPMA Member
Module III Exam - 1st attempt (includes administration fee and electronic study materials) $185 $285
Module IV Exam - 1st attempt $100 $200

 

 Retakes for each Module are $50 for members; $150 for non-members

 

  how does it work?

 
 See a larger version of the CPPA Flow Chart
Exam Preparation Options

Choose from the following optional methods of certification training and study: 

  • Self-study with testing provided by your selected proctor. Information about proctors can be found here. Find a proctor. 
  • Self-study with special arrangements for testing through your HR or Training Departments
  • Group study
  • Certification courses taught by an NPMA professional instructor. Course offerings.
  • On-site certification training at your company, chapter or agencies. Learn more about on-site courses.
Exam Information
  • Exams must be administered by an approved NPMA Proctor. Find a proctor.
  • There are two exam modules of 50 multiple-choice questions each
  • Each exam has a 90-minute time limit for completion
  • Module III and Module IV may be ordered at the same time or separately
  • Each exam has a 90 day expiration date. (When more than one exam is ordered, the expiration dates are staggered: Module III exam expires in 90 days and Module IV exam expires in 180 days)
  • There is no mandatory wait time before purchasing and retaking exams.
  • There is no limit to the number of times you can take an exam in order to pass it. To retake one or both exams, you must purchase the exam(s) you must retake and arrange with a proctor to take your exam(s).
  • Purchase CPPA Module III Retake
  • Purchase CPPA Module IV Retake
  • Exam retake fees: CPPS and CPPA = $50 per module for members or $150 per module for non-members. CPPM Situational Judgement Exam = $75 for members and $175 for non-members.

 Taking the Exams

  • Candidates are responsible for contacting the proctor to schedule the administration of the exam(s).
  • If exams are not taken within 90 days, candidates can request an extension by contacting certification
  • Online exam instructions are emailed to proctors and candidates within 2 business days of your purchase. Only your proctor will receive the exam password
  • Booklet exams are mailed to the proctor within two weeks of receipt of payment. If the proctor has not received the exam(s) within three weeks of payment, please contact certification
  • Before taking any exam, you must complete a Confidentiality Agreement in the presence of your proctor. 
Exam Results 
  • Candidates are notified via email of their online exam results within 2 business days of exam completion
  • Candidates are notified via email of their written exam results approximately 10 business days after completing the exam. If you don't receive your exam results within 21 business days after completion, please email certification 
  • A passing grade is 76 or higher
  • NPMA provides pass/fail results only. Results are posted on the candidate's profile at npma.org
  • No examination results are given over the telephone
  • Certification designations (CPPS, CPPA and CPPM) are not issued until all exams required for the applicable level of certification are passed
Study Materials
  • Your CPPA administrative fee covers the administrative expenses of processing exams and results. You will receive within two business days an electronic version of The Intermediate Studies of Personal Property Management Manual, a Student Study Guide, and one Supplemental Manual of your choice. If you prefer to have a hard copy of the manual, supplement and/or study guide, you may purchase them here.

  • Each supplemental manual may be utilized in conjunction with the Intermediate Studies Manual or as a stand-alone reference  
  • A portion of the Module IV exam draws questions from the supplement content. When you purchase the Module IV exam, we issue an exam that corresponds with the supplement you purchase

Supplemental Manual Titles:

  • FAR Regulations - Contract Property Management
  • FMR Regulations - Federal Property Management
  • GASB - State/Local Government Property Management
  • OMB Regulations - College/University Property Management
  • Sarbanes-Oxley - Corporate Property Management
NPMA Members Non-NPMA Member
Initial Application Fee (includes study materials) $85 $185
Module 1 Exam $50 $150
Module 2 Exam $50 $150
NPMA Members Non-NPMA Member
Initial Application Fee (includes study materials) $85 $185
Module 1 Exam $50 $150
Module 2 Exam $50 $150

 

Purchase an exam* 

 

*This button is for first time exam purchases ONLY. When you purchase the CPPS Module 1 for the first time the fee listed below covers the exam fee and the administration fee which includes the electronic version of study materials for the CPPS Module 1 and 2 exams.

 

When purchasing exams, please do not use Internet Explorer. Please use another web browser such as Chrome or Firefox.

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