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NPMA Certification


NPMA certification is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate those who demonstrate knowledge essential to the practice of asset/property management.

The Certified Professional Property Specialist (CPPS) level certification is fundamental, intended for those who are new to the property profession or work in a specific property area. Click here for the CPPS Practice Exam.


The Certified Professional Property Administrator (CPPA) level certification is intermediate, intended for those who have a CPPS certification and at least 3 years of experience in the property profession (submitted on the Work Experience Summary Form).  Click here to submit the Work Experience SummaryClick here for the CPPA Practice Exam.


The Certified Professional Property Manager (CPPM) level certification is advanced, intended for those who have a CPPA certification, at least 6 years of experience in the property profession, and at least 4 years of managerial experience (submitted on the Work Experience Summary Form). Click here to submit the Work Experience Summary. Click here for the CPPM Practice Exam.


The NPMA Certification Program Guide describes the Certification Program procedures which will answer your questions. Review the entire Guide or click on these quick links:


Exam Description Study Options
Eligibility Requirements Certificate/Certification Mark
Retesting Policy Adverse Decisions

Steps to follow:

1. Purchase appropriate exams - see buttons below.  Pricing is shown once you click on the link. (Note: To receive member price, log on to this site first.)
2. CPPA/CPPM candidates MUST complete a Work Experience Summary Form before scheduling exam.

3. Schedule exam.

• Two options are available for taking Exams:

• Option 1 Online Proctor

  • Option 2 – Test Center

For more information on this process, please see the Exam Administration page.

• NPMA will issue Exam Voucher to register and schedule exam for CPPS after purchase or, for CPPA/CPPM, after purchase and approval of Work Summary.
• You will create a login and schedule exam at
• Exam pass/fail results are emailed at completion of CPPS and CPPA.  CPPM pass/fail results are emailed after grading is completed.
4. Exam vouchers expire 90 days after issued.


• There is a 30-day wait policy before any retake exam can be taken.
• After 30 days, click on Purchase button below.  Retake exam pricing is shown.  (Note: To receive member price, log on to this site first.)



PLEASE NOTE: The CPPS, CPPA and CPPM exams are now ready for purchase and administration in their new formats!


  Step 1: Click on a button below to purchase your exam.

Purchase CPPS

Purchase CPPA 

 Purchase CPPM


Step 2: For CPPA/CPPM candidates, complete Work Experience Summary Form.


NPMA complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.  Candidates with disabilities covered by this Act will be provided reasonable accommodations made specifically to meet their needs.  Click here for Special Accommodations (ADA) Form. 
NPMA and the Certification Governing Board are dedicated to ensuring fairness, impartiality, validity and integrity in the NPMA Certification Program. The NPMA Certification Program is equitable and impartial with regard to access and availability.  NPMA ensures fairness to all Property professionals and does not discriminate against race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status or any other category protected by federal, state. 




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