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 program rules.
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.
In recent months, the NAPS has made many changes to the certification eligibility
requirements. It is the intent of the 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. 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
- 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
- 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. 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 click here.
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 taught by Robert P. Style, Esq. and Frank Burtnett, Ed.D. Bob and Frank
will emphasize 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.
Continuing Education FAQS
Ways to Meet Requirements