The PPAI Certification exam is offered year-round at PPAI live events and online. In order to register, you must have already completed the specified CAS or MAS program requirements.

Each exam consists of 149 multiple choice questions. The CAS exam material is based primarily on the content of the CAS Required Courses, while the MAS exam draws from all CAS information and industry knowledge and experience.

Exam Registration: Register for an exam by completing the following form and returning to certification@ppai.org.

Certification Exam Application Form

Paper-Based Exams
  • Paper-based exams are administered by PPAI staff
  • You will have a maximum of three hours to complete the exam
  • Test scores will be reported to the candidate normally within seven to ten business days of attempting the exam

Online Exams

Promotional Products Association International is proud to offer certification candidates the opportunity to take their PPAI Professional Development Certification exams online by using our virtual proctor partner, B-Virtual. Using a webcam and a reliable high-speed internet connection, certification candidates can take their exams anywhere.

  • Candidates must possess a computer with a webcam and an internet connection
  • You will have a maximum of three hours to complete the exam
  • Online exams are scheduled Monday – Sunday, 24 hours a day
  • After completion of the exam the candidate will receive an immediate email with their examination score
  • For technical requirements, click here 
  • For an overview on how the virtually proctored  exam works, click here 

Online Exam Process

  1. Candidate completes the  MAS or CAS Exam form (denoting online exam option)
  2. Candidate pays for online exam through PPAI
  3. PPAI sends the candidate an email inviting them to schedule an exam
  4. Candidate schedules an online exam through B-Virtual
  5. Candidate completes exam and receives an immediate score report
  6. PPAI follows-up with candidate within 5 business days

Exam Fees

  • Online Exam: $275 / $345  (PPAI Member / Nonmember)
  • Paper-Based Exam: $225 / $285  (PPAI Member / Nonmember)

Upcoming In-Person Testing Opportunities

  • 2016 PPAI EXPO - Las Vegas, NV (Sunday January 10: 9am – 12pm) (Wednesday January 13: 1:30pm – 4:30pm)
  • Expo East 2016 - Atlantic City, NJ (Friday March 18: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm)

Regional Affiliates – Testing at Regional Affiliate shows is arranged on an as-needed basis. Through the PPAI Proctor program, your regional association may be able to schedule an in-person PPAI exam. Contact your regional association for more information*.

Ø   All candidates must pre-register with PPAI by completing their Certification Exam Application Form
Ø Exam applications must be submitted to PPAI a minimum of 7 business days prior to the regional scheduled exam date
Ø Walk-in registration is NOT available at Regional testing events

Upcoming Regional In-Person Testing Opportunities

*If you are a Regional Association interested in proctoring the PPAI Certification Exam, please contact Julie Levay, for more information.


Policy on Exam Re-Takes
If a candidate does not achieve a passing score on a certification exam, they are eligible to retest for a fee of $75/$125 non-member fee, provided that they retest within 90 days of taking the exam. The candidate must request the retest from PPAI (as it is not an automatic process) and the test will be subject to availability of test proctors and/or locations. If a candidate requests to retake the exam after 90 days, they may do so at the current market rate. A Candidate may not take the same exam more than three times in a calendar year.

Certification Retest Application



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