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Application Instructions

Application Instructions


How to Become BPM Certified (CBPA®, CBPP®)

Step 1: Review Pre-requisites/Qualifications

See Eligibility and Experience Requirements. Additionally, to become certified you must maintain an active Professional Membership. There is a major emphasis on experience as a requirement. You will be required to describe in a narrative format that demonstrates your experience in the context of the knowledge areas of the BPM CBOK®. You will also be required to describe your BPM projects, what you did on those projects in terms of the situation and the business processes in focus and what you did to improve or transform the business processes. If you are not able to meet this experience requirement, it is suggested that you wait to apply and invest the time to acquire the requisite experience.

For those of you who believe you meet the pre-requisite qualifications, you are invited to apply.


Step 2: Prepare

The BPM certification examination is a very rigorous examination structured according to the BPM knowledge areas found in the Guide to the Business Process Management Common Body of Knowledge (BPM CBOK®) and tests your multidisciplinary knowledge and breadth of experience as a BPM Practitioner.


Step 3: Complete the Application

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Before submitting, be certain that your application is complete. Be certain to describe each project and initiative in such a way that people who will be reviewing your application will be able to immediately understand the outcomes as well as what you personally did to improve or transform each situation. Your description should relate your experience to each of the BPM roles in which you served as well as to the knowledge areas of the BPM CBOK®.

Additional pages may be added if needed, but documents such as resumes or CVs will not be considered.

A non-refundable application fee of $75.00 USD (CBPP®) and $40.00 USD (CBPA®) should be submitted prior to submitting or resubmitting an application to take the exam.

NOTE: Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

To complete the application, be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Current Professional Certification- dates obtained and expiration date
  • Educational Experience
  • Professional BPM experience- including company name and address, job title, dates of experience, BPM role, name and email address of reference for verification purposes, and narrative description of effort.
  • Read the ABPMP Code of Ethics
  • Payment by Visa, MasterCard or PayPal


Step 4: Application Review

Your application will be reviewed by the ABPMP Certification committee. The committee may request additional information or clarification of responses. You will be notified of the determination within 30 business days.


Step 5: Register for the Exam

Once your application is approved, you will be sent the url to register and pay for the exam. For your convenience, you can take the exam at one of the hundreds of testing locations throughout the world.

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Examination Fee (payable to Kryterion testing centers):

CBPA® Exam Fee

  • Members: $400
  • Non-Members: $550


CBPP® Exam Fee

  • Members: $500
  • Non-Members: $650

 Applicant must take their exam within 6 months of registration.


Candidates will be notified of their scores immediately upon completion of the exam. Upon successfully completing and passing the exam, a CBPA® or CBPP® certification diploma will be mailed to your address on the application within 30 business days from examination.


Step 6: Maintain your Credentials.

The ABPMP International requires that you keep your certification up to date by participating in BPM-related training and/or activities and paying a non-refundable $75.00 (USD) application fee, both of which are required to renew your certification.


FAQ: What if I don't pass the Exam?

  • You may re-take the CBPP® only once after a 30 day waiting period before you must re-apply.
  • You must wait at least 30 days before retaking the exam, provided that allows sufficient time to prepare.
  • You must not wait more than 6 months to re-take the exam without re-applying.
  • Your exam scores will provide an indication of how much additional preparation is needed.
  • To register to retake the exam, use the exam registration link you originally received. If you need the link and log in credentials resent to you, contact the ABPMP International Office at 850-474-0995.
  • While you do not need to pay an additional application fee, you will need to pay for the subsequent exams.   
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