Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC)
Certified Personnel Consultants (CPC), and those who aspire to that designation, represent the
individuals who set the tone for a profession by striving for excellence, and by being guided,
certainly, by business sense and legal principles, but more importantly, by a recognition that
true success only comes to one who conducts himself in accordance with the highest ethical
principles and standards.
The NAPS certification trains a recruiter to be knowledgeable about the federal laws
affecting the staffing industry and the work of professional personnel consultants in the
United States — knowledge of which is essential for those engaged in this important work.
The CPC examination addresses legal information relevant to practice of staffing industry
firms and the professional personnel consultants that function within those firms. The
examination also addresses the NAPS professional and ethical standards and the certification
Those obtaining this credential will learn about the myriad of laws and regulations which
will affect them in their profession. Those who have not yet obtained this credential, we
are hoping that through this course-work, one might find this to be a readable and useful
guide in their day to day activities. Most importantly, perhaps, we hope that the presentation
and discussion of the legal issues facing personnel consultants will inspire those who have
not yet obtained the designation to seek to learn more about why so many of their peers have
determined that the symbol of the professional excellence represented by the Certified
Personnel Consultant designation is so worthwhile to strive for and attain.
It is the intent of the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) to first educate individuals in this profession so that they may best serve their customers, whether that customer is the client company hiring official, candidate, or even fellow recruiters. Each NAPS certification program focuses on the laws governing the work of staffing professionals as they seek to serve candidates and clients. The CPC examination is available at any time. However, it is strongly suggested that the individual first obtain the study materials and become familiar with the content. Individuals seeking NAPS certification must first meet certain certification eligibility requirements:
- CPC candidates should be experienced in direct hire placements. Position experience includes: owner, partner, manager, recruiter, placement consultant within a private firm; or corporate human resources or employee relations professional within a large corporation.
- Candidates must agree to uphold the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) Standards of Ethical Practices and certification program rules.
How To Obtain This Credential
There are three ways in which a candidate may obtain this credential.
1. Study Followed by On-line Examination
In this venue, the candidate must first set up an account, purchase the exam(s) they
are interested in taking. The candidate will receive a study manual and may elect to
take the online exam whenever they feel that they are ready by simply logging back
on and starting the exam. If you are interested in the on-line exam, please
2. Certification Immersion Class (CIC)
This venue is a much more traditional venue and will allow the candidate to sit
for a day of intensive study with the authors of the manual and the test. The day
will end with a traditional examination taken manually by the candidate and scored
by our authors. If you are interested in the available CIC classes on our schedule,
please click here.
3. Electronic Certification Immersion Class (eCIC)
Get trained and certified now right from the comfort of your home or office with
NAPS new eCIC program! This is a FREE supplemental class emphasizes the "critical
knowledge points" needed in preparation for the CPC and CTS examinations. After
you sign-up for an online exam, the direct eCIC link will be emailed to you.
How to Keep This Credential
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor
and attended to with diligence.
~ Abigail Adams
The Life-Long Strategy
NAPS certification is an earned privilege — one that will continue to set you apart from thousands of other staffing professionals across the country. To maintain your certification, you must participate in our mandatory continuing education compliance program. It keeps your knowledge current on the most vital employment laws and practices which affect your candidates and clients each day. Like so many other professional designations in business this program fits within our life-long learning strategy. We like to think of it as an opportunity to expand your mind and your value.
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