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NAPS Credentialing: Pathways to Professional Recognition of Individuals and Firms
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What is the NAPS Certification Program?

The National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) is the professional association representing the staffing industry (placement and temporary staffing) in the United States and internationally. The NAPS certification program has been created to ensure the provision of quality services by staffing industry professionals to the general public and to the clients utilizing their services.

Since 1961, NAPS has awarded more than 20,000 professional credentials to recruiting and staffing professionals. Today, NAPS awards five different professional credentials. Credentialing began with the Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) in 1961. The Certified Temporary-Staffing Specialists (CTS) was added in 1989. We now have a significant number of professionals are dually certified as a CPC and CTS.

The NAPS commitment to credentialing continues with its two most recent credentialing programs, Certified Employee Retention Specialist (CERS) introduced in 2006, and our first credentialing program specifically designed for staffing and recruiting companies. The NAPS Accredited Firm credential (NAF) was introduced in 2007 To learn more about each of these credentials, how to get them and how to keep them, select the appropriate link to the right.


Why earn professional credentials?

Professional credentialing is a statement to the business community, and to your clients specifically, of your commitment to staffing and recruiting excellence. Fortune Magazine has reported that the best way to choose a recruiter is to ask them if they’ve been certified. Buyers of our profession’s services want consultants, consultants who can lead them through the complexities of staffing, search and retention for their organization’s continuing success. Credentialing demonstrates your individual and organizational commitment to excellence to your clients, yourself and your organization.

NAPS credentialing isn't static!

It's very important that the credentialed search and staffing professionals stay current with staffing and recruiting law, ethics, and best business practices. For this reason, NAPS requires continuing education for all its CPC, CTS and CERS credentialed professionals. NAPS Accredited Firms must renew their commitment to excellence on an annual basis. 
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