Candidates for the Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) designation must be an
owner, partner, manager, or search consultant of a private placement firm or
corporate human resources or employee relations professional who is currently
employed in the industry.
Candidates for the Certified Temporary Staffing-Specialist (CTS) designation
must be an owner, partner, manager, or employee engaged full time in the
temporary service business, who is currently employed in the industry.
Candidates must agree to uphold the National Association of Personnel Services
(NAPS) Standards of Ethical Practices and Certification Program Rules.
The candidate must submit an application for certification and pay the
appropriate certification fee.
Candidates must successfully complete the CPC examination in order to bear the
designation of Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and the CTS examination in
order to bear the designation of Certified Temporary Staffing- Specialist
(CTS). The level of achievement is determined by NAPS. A candidate who fails either
examination is permitted to retake the examination by making proper application
to NAPS and paying the appropriate retest fee.
The designation of Certified Personnel consultant (CPC) and Certified Temporary
Staffing- Specialist (CTS) are individual designations and must not be
represented as a firm’s designation. The designation may be used following the
professional name of the certified individual, (unless such use is prohibited
by applicable state law) provided the application for the designation shall be
made in the full legal name of the candidate and that the candidate shall
disclose to NAPS the professional name to be used in connection with the
designation. The designation shall be in type no larger than that used in the
certified individual’s name.
Any person who earns certification may continue to use the designation for
life, regardless of employment, unless they fail to meet the continuing
education maintenance requirements and/or are decertified.
A search or staffing may advertise the certification programs, providing that
an owner or officer of the firm holds the designation being advertised and
provided that said advertisement does not convey the firm to be certified or
misrepresented or falsely advertise the extent of certification.
Those achieving a passing score any certification examination administered in
1995 or thereafter are required to achieve a specified number of continuing
education credits every year dating from the date of their initial
certification to maintain certification status. The number of credits required
and the manner in which such credits can be obtained will be set forth by the
NAPS Credentialing Committee. Any certified individual who fails to attain the
necessary continuing education credits and pay the annual certification
maintenance fee shall have his or her certification suspended until such time
as the credits are obtained and fees are paid.
The process of decertification, as approved by the NAPS Board of Directors,
consists of the following:
a) A complaint alleging a violation or failure to
conform to program rules must be filed with the President of NAPS who shall
refer it to the appropriate State Association for reconsideration. In the event
that there is no state association in the state in question or the state association
declines to handle the matter, the complaint should be immediately referred to
the National Credentialing Committee. (Sections “B” and “C” would not apply.)
b) The state association shall refer the
complaint to its state certification chairperson who shall review the complaint
taking whatever steps he or she deems necessary to ascertain the facts and
shall either dismiss the complaint or recommend decertification to the State
Board of Directors.
c) The state Board of Directors shall review the
findings and shall either reverse or approve the recommendation for
decertification. If the state Board of Directors agrees on the recommendation
of decertification, it shall forward the complaint to the NAPS Credentialing
d) The NAPS Credentialing Committee chairman shall
appoint a review board of five members of the NAPS Credentialing Committee (one
of whom will be designated as the presiding member). The review board shall
consult with NAPS legal counsel and shall schedule a hearing notifying the
accused at least 30 days in advance (certified return receipt requested mail)
of the date, time, and place of the hearing, forwarding with the notice a copy
of the charge and copies of all documents relating thereto in possession of the
reviewing board. The accused shall be specifically advised of his or her right
to be represented by counsel, present witness in his or her behalf, and to
cross examine witnesses against him or her. The party (parties) who filed the
complaint shall be required to give testimony against the accused. The accused
may waive his or her right to appear in person at said hearing and may submit
evidence in a manner suitable to the review board. After hearing the evidence
presented, the review board shall dismiss the case or decertify the accused.
e) A decision of decertification may be appealed
by filing a petition with the NAPS President within 30 days following the date
of the decertification decision by the review board. The NAPS President shall
refer the petition to the NAPS Board of Directors. The NAPS Board of Directors
shall review all information and proceedings which were conducted by the review
board, and shall permit the accused to appear before the NAPS Board of
Directors. The NAPS Board of Directors shall not be required to take testimony,
but may do so if desired. The accused shall be given 30 days prior written
notice (certified return receipt requested mail) of the date, time, and place
of the new hearing, if one is scheduled. At the discretion of the NAPS Board of
Directors, any function to be performed by the NAPS Board of Directors may be
performed by the NAPS Executive Committee. After completing its review, the
NAPS Board of Directors shall render its decision affirming or reversing the
decision of the review board, and that decision shall be final and
non-appealable. In the event of decertification, the certificate must be
returned to NAPS and all use of the designation must cease.
NAPS, as the Owner of the Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and Certified
Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS) designations, has the obligation and the
right to promote the certification programs to the community at large.
Equal Rights Note: Whenever in these Rules, “Man,” “Men,” or their related
pronouns may appear, either as words or as parts of words, they have been used
for literary purposes and are meant in their generic sense (i.e., to include
all humankind, both female and male sexes).