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AE (CPSAE) & Recruiter (CPSR) Certification

TechServe Alliance Certification Program Rules

TechServe Alliance has established the following rules in conjunction with its certification program.

Certification Classifications

Certified Professional Services Recruiter (CPSR) Level One & Level Two
The CPSR I and II certifications were designed for recruiters and other team members in the IT and engineering staffing industry. Attainment of the certification demonstrates knowledge and mastery of the following areas: general industry practices, recruiting best practices and knowledge of relevant employment laws and other legal concepts.

Certified Professional Services Account Executive (CPSAE) Level One & Level Two
The CPSAE I and II certifications were designed for account executive (sales) and other team members in the IT and engineering staffing industry. Attainment of the certification demonstrates knowledge and mastery of the following areas: general industry practices, account executive (sales) best practices and knowledge of relevant employment laws and other legal concepts.

Eligibility Requirements

CPSAE Level I and CPSR Level I certifications are open to all professionals in the IT and engineering staffing industry.

To sit for either the CPSAE II or CPSR II examination, an individual must have two or more years of experience and have passed the Level I exam in their respective discipline. Upon passing the Level II examination, an individual earns the CPSAE II or CPSR II certifications.

Certification Exam Fee

The fees below include the applicable certification program study materials and exam administration fee.

Member Rate: $395 For employees of TechServe Alliance member firms
Non-member Rate: $695 For individuals not affiliated with a TechServe Alliance member company


Examinations for the respective certification will be based upon the TechServe Alliance Certification Program Study Materials that will be made available to candidates for certification at the time of registration. Applicants can study the online study materials independently and take the appropriate examination. Candidates for certification must answer 70 percent of the examination questions correctly to achieve certification.

Examinations will be administered online and must be taken within six months of registration. If an applicant fails the examination, they can retake the exam one additional time within a six-month period for an additional fee of $125.

Certification Validation Period

The CPSAE and CPSR certifications are valid for a period of three years from the date of issuance. To maintain their respective certification, each staffing professional must satisfy continuing education requirements and abide by the CPSAE or CPSR Code of Ethics.

Maintaining a Certification: Continuing Education Requirements

Each individual who has earned their CPSAE or CPSR must participate in 24-credit hours of continuing education in each three year period following the initial award of a certification. The certification continuing education page provides information about which in-person and online educational events are eligible credit toward the continuing education requirement. Individuals holding more than one certification are only required to earn 24-credit hours in each three years. All individuals holding a certification are responsible for tracking and reporting their continuing education hours annually using the TechServe Alliance Certification Program online portal.

Achieving Recognition: Promoting Your Certification with Clients and Candidates

Earning a TechServe Alliance certification is a significant achievement. Those who have attained their certification are encouraged to use the designation they have earned on their business cards, in marketing materials, company websites, as well as referencing the CPSAE or CPSR designation following their name in professional communications.

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These firms are standing out from their competition by having at least one certified recruiter (CPSR) or account executive (CPSAE):

Actium Consulting, adaQuest, Advanced Resources, Aegistech Inc, Alpha Consulting, Arrow Strategies, Azimetry Inc, Blue Chip Talent, Business Control Systems L.P., Capstone Consulting, Inc., Certus Solutions, Commercial Programming Systems Inc (CPSI), Computer Resource Team, CoSourcing Partners, CSS Technical Services, Cynergies Consulting Inc, Design Strategy Corporation, Donnelly & Moore, Dresden Partners, East End Resources, Edge Services, Foothills Consulting Group, FYI Solutions, Global Technical Talent, Gotham Technology Group LLC, Harbinger Partners, Inc., Harvey Nash Inc, Hired By Matrix, Hollstadt & Associates, HonorVet Technologies, Information Control Company, InfoTech Resources, Internal Data Resources, IT Trailblazers LLC, iTech Solutions, JD Strategies, Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc (LRS), Link Technologies, MAKE Corporation, MANIFEST Technology, MDI Group, Millennium Consulting, Mitchell Martin, nauwork, OpTech LLC, OS Technical, Oxford International, Paladin Consulting, Palo Alto Staffing, Pinpoint Resource Group, Preferred Resources, ProFocus, Inc., Project One, Prominent Technology, Inc., Proteam Solutions Inc. (PSI), PSCI, Quick Solutions, Randstad, Red Stream Technology, Rita Technology Services, RiverPoint Group LLC, Signature Consultants, Software Management Consultants Inc. (SMCI), SPR Consulting, STAR BASE Consulting, Inc, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Sullivan and Cogliano, Super Go Faster (SGF), SyllogisTeks, Systemtec, Inc., Talon Professional Services, LLC, Team Soft Inc, Technical Connections Inc, Tech-Pro, TransTech IT Staffing, TriCom Technical Services, UNICON International, Inc., VIA Technical, V-Soft Consulting, w3r, Whitridge Associates, Inc., xScion Solutions, ZINNCORP