Certification levels are earned sequentially. The CPCA level is earned first through training and then objective testing. We suggest that candidates for CPCA have 1-2 years’ experience in category management before taking the exam. CPCM is the next certification level earned and for this designation candidates should have 3-5 years’ experience before taking the exam. CPSA is the final level of certification and candidates for this level should have 6 or more years of experience, have managed a category management team, and have been responsible for joint business planning.
Please review the standards for each of the Certification tests you wish to complete. These standards are listed on this page.
We recommend you reach out to any of our CMA Accredited Solution Providers or Accredited Universities to gain the knowledge in each program level standard you may feel you have a deficiency or need additional help.
All candidates for the CPCA and CPCM will be required to take and successfully pass an online, objective test to earn a certified designation from the CMA.
The CPCA and CPCM test is segmented and questions are asked for all Learning Programs.
Candidates that do not pass and wish to retake the exam must pay a retake fee of $50.00.
Candidates wishing to take the CPSA exam will be required to take an online Essay Exam.