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CERTIFICATION UPDATE (05/06 #2)
A publication for Chapter and Division Certification Chairs
(with courtesy copy sent to Chapter and Division Presidents)

Congratulations on your efforts the first quarter of the 2005-2006 year. Approximately 1,700 candidates are registered and ready to take the CPS and CAP exams on November 4-5, and others are preparing for the May 2006 exams. As Certification Chair for your Chapter or Division, be sure you continue promoting the certification programs, get answers to your members' questions, and support those who are studying.

In this issue of the Certification Update you will find upcoming deadline and exam dates, dates and locations for the 2006 and 2007 Certification Seminar (for CPS and CAP holders and approved candidates), details on The Academy, and tips on exam preparation.

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Examination Dates:

First full weekend of May and November

 

Parts 1-3 of the CPS and CAP Exams
May 6 and November 4, 2006

 

Part 4 of the CAP Exam
May 5 and November 3, 2006

Certain centers, approved as Sabbatarian centers, give the exams on Thursday and Friday. These centers are open only to those whose religious beliefs prohibit Saturday testing. These centers are noted on the Centers Listing found on the "Professional Certification" section of the IAAP website (www.iaap-hq.org).

Application Deadlines:

February 15 for the May examinations

 

August 15 for the November examinations

 

(Candidates outside the United States and Canada need to apply by February 1 and August 1)

Refer to Certification Update (05/06 #1) for exam fees and parts.

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Members and nonmembers have access to the "Professional Certification" section of the IAAP website (www.iaap-hq.org). Here they will find forms needed to apply to take the CPS or CAP exams, suggestions on how to prepare for the exams, information and forms on recertification, a listing of centers used to administer the exam, a map showing review courses the Certification Department have been made aware of**, details on the Certification Seminar, and much more.

**Remember, it is up to you to provide us with details on review courses in your area. Send that information to certification@iaap-hq.org or to jmead@iaap-hq.org.

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(for CPS and CAP holders and approved candidates)

The 2005 Certification Seminar was held October 16-19, at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge MD. Creating Calm out of Chaos was the theme, with educational sessions on: conquering clutter, streamlining chaos, generational diversity, valuing diversity in the workplace, and doing the right thing in the midst of chaos.

The 2006 Certification Seminar will be held October 15-18, at the Marriott Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage CA. The IAAP room rate is $169, single or double. The theme will center on Advanced Organizational Management. Watch for additional information in early 2006 on the IAAP website (www.iaap-hq.org) under "Events & Conferences."

The 2007 Certification Seminar will be held October 14-17, at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio in San Antonio TX. The room rate is $175 single/$180 double.

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Another benefit of certification is the opportunity to join The Academy. The Academy is similar to a college/university alumni association. To belong to The Academy an individual must hold an active CPS or CAP rating. Annual dues are $15 for IAAP members and $30 for nonmembers.

Membership benefits include receiving the Academy News, published electronically four times per year and only available to active Academy members, a special reception at the annual Certification Seminar and a recognition ribbon at the International Convention & Education Forum.

Articles in the Academy News provide tips on gaining required recertification points, information on obtaining college credit for the rating, steps to take in gaining corporate support of the CPS and/or CAP ratings, how achieving the rating has enhanced careers, etc.

As the Certification Chair for your Division or Chapter, make sure your certified members are aware of The Academy, IAAP's own "alumni association." What a great way to support the professional rating they have worked so hard to gain.

The Academy enrollment form can be found on the IAAP website (www.iaap-hq.org) under "Professional Certification" and then "Academy," or can be obtained from the Certification Department (e-mail certification@iaap-hq.org).

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CPS and CAP holders are required to recertify every five years. Those who do not remain current through recertification have their rating marked inactive on the IAAP database and are no longer afforded the privileges of certification.

To assist members and guests in attaining these needed points, be sure your program chairman requests recertification points for your chapter and division educational programs. The educational programs (business meetings are not eligible for recertification points) must be at least one hour in length and must cover topics relevant to the exam outline.

Details on requesting recertification points for chapter and division educational programs can be found at www.iaap-hq.org/Cert/recertification_prog_app_dir.htm. Please submit the request four weeks prior to the program.


Continued best wishes in your role as Certification Chair during the next quarter of the 2005-2006 year. Refer back to Certification Update (05/06 #1) for other important information on the IAAP Certification Programs. Remember the Headquarters Certification Department is your resource department. Keep these names and numbers handy and let us know when we you can assist you: phone 816.891.6600; e-mail certification@iaap-hq.org; or directly contact Kathy Schoneboom CPS/CAP (x2227) kschone@iaap-hq.org; Jennifer Mead CPS (x2225) jmead@iaap-hq.org; Vicki Twombly (x2248) vtwombly@iaap-hq.org; or Trayce Hayden (x2234) thayden@iaap-hq.org. And always feel free to have members and nonmembers contact us too. You are not expected to be able to answer every question you get. We are here to help.