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Below is a list of common questions related to the CPDT program and the CPDT examination. 

How often do I have to recertify?

Every CPDT credential holder just recertify with 2.4 CEUs (24 contact hours) every 24 months.

Is there a way to determine if a course is acceptable for recertification? 
Visit this page to complete an inquiry form to notify the CPD Committee so they can properly review. Submit this form more than once if you have multiple courses or seminars you're inquiring about.

Watch this brief video explaining the changes in recertification and audit procedures.

What happens if my CPDT lapses? 
Read more about the CPDT reinstatement process here.

When is the next exam?

Visit the CPDT Exam link to the left to review upcoming dates and deadlines.

What are the exam fees?

Please visit the exam page to review exam and cancellation fees.

Is the CPDT Exam open book?

No. Any applicable tables or charts are provided within the exam questions.

How much time are candidates permitted to take the CPDT Exam?

3.5 hours or 210 minutes.

When will I receive my exam results?

Within 6-8 weeks after the exam has completed candidates will receive results by mail only. ASPE members must login to aspe.org to ensure ASPE has the most accurate and up-to-date mailing address on file for you. Nonmembers must email certification@aspe.org to confirm this. Results are only shared via mail and will not be shared via email or over the phone.

Where are the testing centers?

Visit this link to find testing centers in your area. You will choose the location during registration after confirming availabilty.

What books or reference materials are recommended to review?

In addition to the CPDT Study Guide the following books are recommended to review:


If you have any questions about the CPDT program or any related issues please email certification@aspe.org
The CPDT Exam is only held once per year.