Formal Education

Although there is a ten (10) year limitation on the experience requirement, there is no time limitation on formal degrees regardless of the year in which the degree was earned. While the CPPO/CPPB certifications now require the completion of a formal degree for eligibility, there are no additional requirements regarding the concentration or focus of the degree. The earned degree can be in any area of study/discipline and still be applicable for credit. Only degrees earned from regionally accredited colleges and universities will be considered. Regional accreditation means that the college or university is recognized by at least one of six U.S. accrediting organizations listed with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) (http://www.chea.org/directories/regional.asp); Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC), Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC-ACSCU). Degrees earned from non-accredited institutions will not be accepted.

If the educational degree was earned in the United States from a school not accredited by one of the above listed accrediting organizations, the degree would not contribute to the applicant's degree qualifications for UPPCC certification.

For formal educational degrees earned outside of the United States, the applicant must have the degree evaluated by a reputable educational research firm to determine equivalency to the US regionally accredited degree required for the UPPCC certification for which the applicant is applying BEFORE submitting an application. Any 3rd party educational evaluation services are to be performed at the applicant's request and are at the applicant's expense.

An official, sealed transcript from the college or university is required and may either be sent directly to the UPPCC by the institution or included by the applicant with the application packet. If the transcript is included by the applicant with the application packet, the transcript must remain unopened and officially sealed by the institution. The UPPCC will not accept a student copy of the transcript; nor will it accept a copy of the diploma.

All information and documentation submitted must be provided in English. There are no exceptions to this rule. If the documentation is not available in English, the applicant must provide a notarized translation into the English language at the applicant's own expense to supplement the original document(s).

CPPO Formal Education Requirements

The minimum level of formal education required of all applicants for CPPO Certification is the successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree program. The degree may be earned in any area of study.

CPPB Formal Education Requirements

The minimum level of formal education required of all applicants for CPPB Certification is the successful completion of an Associate's Degree program. The degree may be earned in any area of study.

Special Consideration Regarding Associate's Degree Programs outside the U.S.

For applicants who have educational degrees earned outside the U.S., the Associate's Degree requirement may be satisfied if the applicant earned a degree, diploma or certificate following a minimum of two (2) years of full-time or its equivalent in part-time enrollment at a post-secondary accredited institution. Two (2) years of full-time enrollment typically results in a minimum of 60 credit hours for programs considered to be equivalent to the UPPCC desired level of an Associate's Degree. If an applicant has earned an educational degree outside of the U.S., that the applicant believes to be equivalent to two (2) years of full-time enrollment, but did not result in a minimum of 60 credit hours may opt to have an equivalency review performed by a 3rd party prior to submitting an application for certification.

This special consideration applies to the Associate's Degree requirement only and only to those applicants whose formal educational degree was earned outside the U.S. where Associate's Degree programs are not as prevalent.

Any translation or 3rd party evaluation services are to be performed at the applicant's request and at the applicant's expense.