Exams




The CAS and MAS certification exams are offered year-round at PPAI events, Regional Affiliates, and online. In order to register, you must have already completed the program requirements for your designation. Each exam consists of 150 multiple choice questions

The CAS exam material is based primarily on the content of the CAS Required Courses, while the MAS exam draws from general industry knowledge and experience.

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

CAS/MAS Exam Application for Paper and Online Exam

Paper-Based Exams
  • Paper-based exams are administered by PPAI staff or a PPAI Registered Certification Exam Proctor
  • You will have a maximum of three hours to complete the exam
  • Test scores will be reported to the candidate normally within five 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, ProctorU. 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 from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM EST, Monday – Sunday
  • 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 ProctorU
  5. User completes exam and receives an immediate score report


Exam Fees

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


Upcoming In-Person Testing Opportunities

  • Expo East – Atlantic City, NJ (May 19 – 21, 2014)
  • North American Leadership Conference – Boston, MA (August 10 – 12, 2014)
  • Leadership Development Workshop - Grapevine, TX (September 29, 2014)
  • PPAI Expo - Las Vegas, NV (January 11-15, 2015)
  • Regional Affiliates – Testing at Regional Affiliate shows is arranged on an as-needed basis. Through the new PPAI Registered Proctor program, your regional association may be able to schedule additional times to take the exam. Contact your regional association 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 with no additional fees, provided that they retest within 90 days of sitting for 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.



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