Rise Above The Rest By Earning Your Industry Designation
The Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) certification has been the industry standard for 50+ years—it’s the professional designation of the promotional products industry. The Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) is an advanced-level designation we offer to professionals who have completed the CAS and want to go further. In 2012, PPAI introduced the entry-level TAS certificate program (not a certification) and an advanced Master Advertising Specialist Plus (MAS+) certification.
The PPAI Certification Program is an all-inclusive industry-wide program and does not require membership. Associated certification costs for both members and non-members are the lowest in the industry.
Individuals who hold their CAS, MAS and MAS+ Certifications are seen as industry leaders—those who have attained a higher standard of professionalism, knowledge and experience. Certification is acquired through a combination of: active employment in the industry, education, industry contributions and the successful demonstration of knowledge through rigorous course and testing requirements. Certification is maintained through continuing education to ensure current knowledge and leading-edge professional skills.
Value of PPAI Professional Development Certification Programs
Certification is an investment in yourself and your career. PPAI Professional Development designations are highly respected and the recognized credentials in the promotional products industry. As the industry benchmarks, they establish your professional credibility to colleagues, clients, employers and peers. Earning your designation
- Demonstrates your commitment to the industry
- Enhances the professional image of the promotional products industry
- Reflects personal achievement
- Establishes professional credentials
- Improves career opportunities and advancement
- Offers greater professional recognition from peers
- Shows you are dedicated to a higher standard
Your professional journey begins with the Trained Advertising Specialist (TAS) Certificate:
The PPAI Professional Development Certification Program uses an outside, independent professional testing service for preparing, scoring, and safeguarding questions/results in the examination process.
Q: What is my PIN number?
A: Each company has a PPAI number, but your PIN is your individual number. This is what we use to track your transcript and education credits. To lookup your PIN, follow the instructions to View Your Transcript—the PIN will appear at the top of the page. Click here for PIN FAQ.
Q. How do I access my Certification Transcript?
A: To access your current transcript online, login to the PPAI.org website and select View Certification Transcript on your MY ACCOUNT page. Your UPIC/PPAI username is your email address on file, and since passwords are randomly generated we don't have access to it. If you don't know your password, click on 'Forgot Password' on the login page and your password will be reset. To acess your current transcript online, login to the PPAI.org website and select View Certification Transcript on your MY ACCOUNT page.
Q. How do I earn credit toward earning my PPAI industry cetification?
A: We know you're busy. The PPAI Certification Program has been designed to work with your schedule, and with opportunities to earn credit through live and online events, your certification desgination can be completed at your own pace. There are a number of ways you can earn education credits towards your certification:
- PPAI Live Events: The PPAI Expo, EXPO East, Women's Leadership Conference, North American Leadership Conference, Technology Summit and Product Responsibility Summit
- Online Learning: we offer live streaming sessions and a library of on-demand content you can view at your convenience
- Regional Associations: earn credit for education offered at regional events around the country
- Third-party opportunities: In addition to preapproved options, you are welcome to request credit for classes, seminars and books that are industry-relevant and applicable to your business. Processing fees apply.
For more information on earning credits, please visit http://www.ppai.org/education/certification/earn-credit.
Q: Why are credits from a PPAI Live Event missing from my transcript?
A: Sometimes users have more than one profile in our database, and your credit could be listed on another account under your name. It’s also possible that your badge was not scanned at the time of this event. In any case, just email us details at email@example.com and we’ll work with you to resolve the issue.
Q: Why are credits from a Regional Association Event missing from my transcript?
A: Sometimes users have more than one profile in our datase. It's also possible that the attendance roster for that event was transcribed incorrectly or not submitted to PPAI by the Regional Association. First, make sure to contact your Regional Association to ensure they were approved to offer PPAI Certification Credits, and also submitted an attendance roster to PPAI following the event.
Q: How do I get credit for the PPAI webinar I viewed, or PPAI session I attended?
A: After PPAI live sessions, PPAI will process credits based on attendee lists or badge scans following the event. This may take a few weeks after the event to occur. If you do not see the credit applied to your transcript, simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work to investigate the issue.
All PPAI offered webinars should have a pop-up survey that will automatically upload your education credits once complete. If you experience any issues, to obtain credits, log into the PPAI.org website and under Certification Forms submit a Request Credit for Education Course form. You may also contact email@example.com to let us know about the issue you are experiencing.
Q: Can I get cerification credit for non-PPAI events?
A: When you participate in PPAI events and webinars, credit is preapproved. For third-party events you may request MAS/CAS credit for your participation—you’ll just need to submit the appropriate form (found on your MY ACCOUNT page) and request that we evaluate the material. A processing fee will apply.
Q: Why is there a fee to request credit for third-party events and books?
A: When you request credit for material that isn’t preapproved, PPAI staff has to evaluate it to determine what credit can be given. We are a not-for-profit organization, and processing fees help to offset the administrative costs associated with the process.