Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS)

The PPAI Professional Development Certification Program Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) Certification is a PPAI industry credential awarded to promotional products professionals with at least three years of promotional products industry experience, and who have met rigorous educational course and testing requirements—demonstrating exemplary commitment to their profession. Professionals who have earned their CAS provide the highest standard of conduct and integrity.

PPAI has certified CAS candidates since 1961, in all 50 US States and in over 15 countries around the world. Click HERE to read how the CAS has shaped countless professionals for over 50 years.

Program Requirements
The PPAI Professional Development Certification Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) Program is an earned certification which requires the following:

--Possess a current UPIC (www.upic.org) login (registered email address and password)
--Presently serving in a position with a promotional products company
--Three years of promotional products industry experience (does not have to be consecutive years)

--15 education credits from six CAS-required courses

The above courses can be found by visiting our e-learning platform and searching under CAS Required.

--60 elective education credits from either CAS or MAS-level courses
--Passing score on the  CAS Exam: 75%
--Recertification every three years (by earning 25 additional CAS or MAS credits within the three years and submitting a  Recertification Application)

Periodic changes to ensure current content and relevance are a hallmark of a well‐designed credentialing program. Therefore, the Certified Advertising Specialist certification exam has recently undergone an extensive analysis and subsequent update. The new CAS exam will take effect on June 10, 2016. Please contact PPAI directly at certification@ppai.org if you have any questions or concerns.

If you have seven or more years of experience in the promotional products industry you may qualify for our Fast Track program. This program can waive up to 75 CAS points based on your experience, education, and position within the company.

CAS Application Process
1. Register as a CAS candidate (if you don’t currently possess a CEU PIN Number; there is no fee to register for the CAS program)
2. Earn 75 education points (15 points from CAS Required Courses & 60 points of electives)
3. Verify your points by accessing your Certification Transcript
4. Submit a CAS  Exam Application

When you earn your PPAI industry certification, your achievement is celebrated in the PPAI Newslink and PPB publications, as well as formally recognized with an array of custom promotional items. These are delivered to you courtesy of PPAI and generously donated by our PPAI Certification Sponsor companies.


In order to maintain your hard-earned certification, you must recertify every three years. Recertification keeps you current on the industry's trends and best practices and provides the highest value and quality to your customers and yourself. CAS designees must continue to keep their CAS Certification current by completing 25 additional education points every three years*, and submitting a Recertification Application.

*Life Certification Exemption can be possible by meeting certain specified criteria.

CAS Program Fees

 Item  PPAI Member Fee  Nonmember Fee
 CAS In-Person Exam Fee  $225  $325
 CAS Online Exam Fee  $275  $375
 Recertification Fee   $75  $125




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