TechServe Alliance Certification Program Rules TechServe Alliance has established the following rules in conjunction with its certification program. Certification Classifications Certified Professional Services Recruiter Level One & Level Two The CPSR I and II certifications were designed for recruiters and other team members in the IT and engineering staffing industry. Attainment of the certification demonstrates knowledge and mastery of the following areas: general industry practices, recruiting best practices and knowledge of relevant employment laws and other legal concepts. Certified Professional Services Account Executive Level One & Level Two The CPSAE I and II certifications were designed for account executive (sales) and other team members in the IT and engineering staffing industry. Attainment of the certification demonstrates knowledge and mastery of the following areas: general industry practices, account executive (sales) best practices and knowledge of relevant employment laws and other legal concepts. Eligibility Requirements CPSAE Level I and CPSR Level I certifications are open to all professionals in the IT and engineering staffing industry. To sit for either the CPSAE II or CPSR II examination, an individual must have two or more years of experience and have passed the Level I exam in their respective discipline. Upon passing the Level II examination, an individual earns the CPSAE II or CPSR II certifications. Certification Exam Fee The fees below include the applicable certification program study materials and exam administration fee. Participation in the annual prep course held during Conference and the yearly certification maintenance fee is not included. Member Rate: $395 For employees of TechServe Alliance member firms Non-member Rate: $695 For individuals not affiliated with a TechServe Alliance member company Examinations Examinations for the respective certification will be based upon the TechServe Alliance Certification Program Study Materials that will be made available to candidates for certification at the time of registration. While the certification program prep course held at the TechServe Alliance Annual Conference is highly recommended, applicants can also study the online study materials independently and take the appropriate examination. Candidates for certification must answer 70 percent of the examination questions correctly to achieve certification. Examinations will be administered online and must be taken within six months of registration. If an applicant fails the examination, he or she can retake the exam one additional time within a six-month period for an additional fee of $125. Certification Validation Period The CPSAE and CPSR certifications are valid for a period of three years from the date of issuance. To maintain their respective certification, each staffing professional must satisfy continuing education requirements abide by the CPSAE or CPSR Code of Ethics, and pay an annual certification maintenance fee of $50. Maintaining a Certification: Continuing Education Requirements Each individual who has earned their CPSAE or CPSR must participate in 24-credit hours of continuing education in each three year period following the initial award of a certification. The certification continuing education page provides information about which in-person and online educational events are eligible credit toward the continuing education requirement. Individuals holding more than one certification are only required to earn 24-credit hours in each three years. All individuals holding a certification are responsible for tracking and reporting their continuing education hours annually using the TechServe Alliance Certification Program online portal. Achieving Recognition: Promoting Your Certification with Clients and Candidates Earning a TechServe Alliance certification is a significant achievement. Those who have attained their certification are encouraged to use the designation they have earned on their business cards, in marketing materials, company websites, as well as referencing the CPSAE or CPSR designation following their name in professional communications.