NRPA devotes extensive resources to the
development and maintenance of two national exams. Exam development is a
resource-intensive process. The CPRP and CPRE each require 8-month development
cycles from design to administration. Throughout this process, we rely on
extensive subject matter expert and generalist reviews to ensure high quality,
accuracy, consistency, and fairness that offers and exam that reflects
practical knowledge and real-world skills.
All candidates will receive a confirmation email after submitting a
completed application to NRPA. Candidates schedule their own date in
coordination with the testing company. Examinations must be scheduled one
year from the date the initial application is processed. Testing site
availability includes Monday-Saturday, year-round.
The CPRE examination is offered by PearsonVUE at over
1500 in the United States and DANTES testing internationally. The exam is
administered via computerized test at designated PearsonVUE testing centers.
For a list of testing centers nearest you, go to www.pearsonvue.com/nrpa, or call
questions to familiarize you with the exam structure and computerized testing
2. 150 test questions, including 125 upon which your score
will be based, and 25 randomly inserted questions that will not be scored, but
are being validated for possible future exam use
3. Content areas include
communication, finance, human resources, operations and planning.
The NRPA is committed to
ensuring that no individual with a disability is deprived of the opportunity
to take the examination solely by reason of that disability. A candidate who
has a disability may request special
accommodations; the request must be submitted in writing at the time of
Candidates with English as a Second
Candidates with English as a second language are
authorized to use of the time extension or translation dictionary
accommodation. All ESL
Request forms must be submitted to NRPA at least 30 days prior to the
exam date. NRPA will notify the candidate within 10 business days if their
request is approved.
CPRE Candidate Handbook for details relating to the exam, reference
materials and procedural details.
Completion of the Examination
Candidates will obtain a score
report directly following exam completion. If the candidate has passed the
examination a certificate will be sent from NRPA within one to two months. If
the candidate is not successful information will be provided on the score
report on how to schedule a re-test.
For questions or further
information on certification, please email us at [email protected]