2020 CPD Exam and COVID-19 Updates

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Updated May 13, 2020

Dear CPD Exam Candidates,

Due to the rapidly changing situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the Credentialing Committee has decided to postpone this year’s scheduled CPD Exam. The original exam dates were March 30 – April 5, 2020. With many cities and states issuing school and business closures, it is in our best interest to postpone the examination until later this year and deliver the exam via remote proctoring. This means that candidates will not go to a test center to take their exams. Candidates will take the exam from the comfort of home or desired location that has a stable internet connection. The 2020 CPD Exam dates are June 15 – 28, 2020. This is an extension from the previous announcement.

For candidates that previously scheduled their examination via PearsonVUE and paid the fee, your examination will be canceled and you will be immediately issued a refund on your original form of payment. Please await news from Pam Rosenberg on the next steps.

For candidates that have NOT previously scheduled their examination, please await news from Pam Rosenberg on the next steps.

On or around June 1, 2020, eligible candidates will receive updated instructions on how to begin registration and submit exam fees. Members will enter a coupon code (check your email) during checkout to adjust the fees to member pricing. For candidates testing outside of North America, the fees are reduced due to remote proctoring.

Instructions may alter after receiving this notice but we will be as transparent and up to date as we can. Please follow up with Pam Rosenberg, Director of Education and Credentialing for the Society, should you have any questions. She is and continues to be your point of contact for the examination. The best way to reach out is via [email protected] or schedule a call via this link.

For those that are still interested in taking the annual CPD Exam and have not previously expressed interest, please visit https://www.aspe.org/education-credentialing/cpd/cpdexaminterest/ to notify the Society that you wish to take the exam this year.

The revised deadline schedule is as follows:

Registration closes (revised): June 19, 2020
Exam dates: June 15 – 28, 2020

We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. We wanted to get ahead of any test center closures, provide time for candidates to coordinate with their employers and families, and provide our exam candidates with the most ideal testing environment possible. All other aspects of the examination are unchanged. We invite all those that are sitting for this year’s exam and future candidates to join us on March 18 at 12 pm EDT for an informational webinar presented by ASPE staff. Registration is free.


Thank you,

Don Strickland, CPD, GPD, FASPE
Credentialing Committee Chair


Pam Rosenberg, CAE
Director of Education & Certification
[email protected]



Some other FAQ related to this year's examination:

  1. Candidates do not pick a date and time for their exam. You will follow the procedures to launch your online exam and sign online when you’re ready to take the exam. For example, if your best availability is on Friday, June 19 at 9:00 pm EDT, you’re permitted to sign on and take the exam at your leisure.
  2. The same policies and procedures apply to the remote proctor exam. You’re permitted to have reference materials (open book), you have 3.5 hours (210 minutes) to complete the 100-question multiple choice exam, and you will be monitored by a remote proctor. You are permitted to take the exam once.
  3. Specifications / Requirements to take the exam remotely via ProctorExam (video here):
    1. Your computer is required to have a webcam (internal or external) which will be used to monitor you during the exam process.
    2. You’re required to download an app to your Android or Apple phone or table. This will be placed behind you in the room which you’ll be taking the exam to monitor your surroundings. I will share this with you at a later date.
    3. You’re required to use Google Chrome and download a browser extension which records your monitor. Nothing is downloaded or stored to your computer.
    4. Your internet speed should be consistent enough as to not time out during your exam session. It’s recommended that your internet speeds be at least 5 MB down and up. If you need to determine this please visit speedtest.net and run a test on the computer you will use for the exam.
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