Certification Fast Track

Accelerate your path towards the Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) designation!

The PPAI Professional Development Certification Fast-Track Program is a PPAI Certification initiative aimed at providing promotional products professionals with a minimum of five years of verifiable industry experience with an avenue for “waiving” certain CAS certification requirements in consideration of their experience, education, and/or achievements.

PPAI Professional Development Certification Fast Track Program is comprised of two applicant-submitted waivers:

  • Certification Fast Track 15: “Waives” all six CAS-required courses (15 points) for the applicant (each course will show
     as “Waived” on the applicant’s transcript)
  • Certification Fast Track  75: “Waives” all six CAS-required courses (15 points) and remaining 60 CAS points for the applicant—qualifies the applicant to immediately sit for the CAS exam (each course will show as “Waived” on the applicant’s transcript)


Criteria
PPAI Professional Development Certification Fast Track Program participants must meet one of the following criteria in order to be eligible to submit a Certification Fast Track 15 waiver:

  • Possess a Bachelors degree or higher in a related promotional products field (marketing, business, advertising, etc.)
  • Possess 10 years or more of promotional products industry experience (does not have to be consecutive years)
  • Possess a comparable certification from another agency or organization
  • Currently serving in a senior management capacity for a promotional products company

PPAI Professional Development Certification Fast Track Program participants must meet two or more of the following criteria in order to be eligible to submit a Certification Fast Track 75 waiver:

  • Possess a Bachelors degree or higher in a related promotional products field (marketing, business, advertising, etc.)
  • Possess 10 years or more of promotional products industry experience (does not have to be consecutive years)
  • Possess a comparable certification from another agency or organization
  • Currently serving in a senior management capacity for a promotional products company for a minimum of three years

The Fast Track application requires you to submit a current resume. The resume is our standard for verifying an applicant’s work history, education, credentials, etc. This standard applies to each candidate and helps to create a level-playing field from which to vet each candidate’s reported information.

If you don’t currently have a resume there are  many tools available to you online for creating one quickly—here are a few:

Certification Fast TrackProgram Fees


Item  PPAI Member Fee          Nonmember Fee 
Certification Fast Track15: Waiver For CAS Course    
Requirements

 $100  $150
Certification Fast Track 75: Waiver For CAS Course
Requirements & CAS Elective Points 
   
 $150  $175
Expedited Waiver For CAS
Course Requirements*

 $125  $175
Expedited Waiver For CAS Course
Requirements & CAS Elective Points*
        
 $175  $225

*Expedited applications are processed within three business days of application submittal.

Access  Certification Fast Track Spec Sheet 
Access Certification Fast Track Online Application



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