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Certification

Program Rules & Fees

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 firm
Exam Training Webinars

Led by industry experts, the exam training webinar series covers some of the most critical areas of knowledge required for certification. The series leads off with a program overview and concludes with two separate sessions that focus on legal issues pertinent to all certification candidates. Additionally, there are specific sessions targeted to recruiters and account executives.

  • Member Rate: $100 For employees of TechServe Alliance member firms
  • Non-member Rate: $200 For individuals not affiliated with a TechServe Alliance member firm

(Note: Exam Training Webinars are not sold separately.)

The CPSAE Level I and CPSR Level I and Exam Training Webinars packages are $495 for employees of TechServe Alliance member firms and $895 for individuals not affiliated with a TechServe Alliance member firm.

Examinations

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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