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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Candidates must agree to uphold the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) Standards of Ethical Practices and Certification Program Rules.

4. The candidate must submit an application for certification and pay the appropriate certification fee.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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 Committee.

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.


11. 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.

An 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).

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