The CMPC® certification examination was developed by a diverse group of subject matter experts in partnership with test development experts in a manner consistent with generally accepted psychometric principles and best practices for certification exam development. The initial Job Task Analysis (JTA) identified and weighted six Task Domains (listed below) and component tasks that provided the foundation for the exam. A subsequent revision of the JTA retained the original six weighted Task Domains (and associated tasks) and resulted in revised Test Specifications that include 15 Knowledge Groups weighted within each domain.
The CMPC® exam is 115 multiple choice items. Applicants have 90 minutes to complete the exam. Topics covered are:
As the certification program's governing body, it is within the Certification Council’s role to develop and administer the exam to determine the qualifications of candidates for certification. The Certification Council does not develop, require, provide, approve, accredit, or endorse any specific study guides, review courses, or other exam preparation products.
The Certification Council does not accredit, approve, endorse, or recommend any education or training programs and/or products designed or intended to prepare candidates for certification. The Council has no involvement in the development or delivery of such programs or products.
A Certification Exam Reference List is provided as a resource to give certification exam takers ideas about references that they may use to prepare for the exam while AASP works to create study materials for the future. This resource is not intended to serve as an exclusive list of references that will help a candidate prepare effectively for the exam, nor is it a guarantee that all information on the exam is contained within these references. These references and others were used to help write exam questions.
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88% of all candidates taking the exam have passed (as of December 2018.)
The CMPC® exam is offered at over 5,000 PearsonVue test centers. Candidates are encouraged to apply for certification well in advance to ensure their choice of examination date and time will be available.
Once your CMPC® application has been approved and an exam voucher assigned by the AASP staff, candidates will need to follow these instructions:
Candidates must follow the ACSM registration process to complete a candidate profile. Candidates will be assigned an ACSM Candidate ID which will be used to complete their exam scheduling. The ACSM Candidate ID will be used whenever scheduling, rescheduling, or cancelling an appointment with Pearson VUE.
For additional information on scheduling your exam (for new applicants and current CMPCs who need to take it for recertification), taking the exam, and what to expect after the exam, click here.