Preparing for the NIGP-CPP

Preparing for the NIGP-CPP

COVID-19 Update

Pearson VUE is the NIGP-CPP test provider, and all test centers are closed through April 16. Pearson will update their website as updates occur.


NIGP-CPP Testing periods:

Prep - Bridge Exam

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    1. Understand the Exam Format

    • As a Pathway F candidate, you are not required to take Module A of the NIGP-CPP exam since you have already successfully passed an exam that covered the Module A material. You will only take Module B which applies to both CPPO and CPPB certificants.
    • Module B represents a bridge from the CPPO and CPPB to the NIGP-CPP and only covers the content that was not examined in the CPPO and CPPB tests. A minimal number of NIGP-CPP exam questions may cover content that was included in the CPPO exams but not on the CPPB exams as differentiated in the UPPCC Body of Knowledge.
    • Module B consists of 80 questions and you will have 2 hours to complete the computer-based exam at the testing center

  • 2. Understand the Exam Content

    • The NIGP-CPP comprehensive exam questions will assess ability to demonstrate competency aligned to 43 competency statements. Read more about the Exam Content and the 43 competency statements
    • The Bridge Exam includes only the competency and knowledge statements that were not included in either the CPPO or CPPB exams when the gap analysis was performed in 2019 between the CPPO/CPPB and the new NIGP-CPP.
    • Generally, the 43 technical competency statements fall into two categories. Nineteen (19) are already covered in the CPPO and/or CPPB exams and are therefore, excluded from the bridge exam. Twenty-four (24) are not covered in the CPPO and/or CPPB exams and therefore form the basis of the bridge

  • 3.  Study and Take a Prep Course

    Once your application is approved, you will be sent an email notifiying you of your approval. Forward this approval email to NIGP Customer Care at CustomerCare@nigp.org and request the details and links for:

    • the Virtual NIGP-CPP Prep Guide
    • to register for a complimentary NIGP-CPP Virtual Bridge Exam Prep Course. 

    Customer Care can only provide the links and details on the free prep course and study guide upon receipt of your approval email.  The Prep Guide and Prep Course is complimentary for approved candidates through June 2021.

  • 4.  TAKE THE TUTORIAL BEFORE GOING TO TESTING CENTER

    All candidates must complete an online tutorial from Pearson VUE, our testing partner, BEFORE going to your scheduled testing appointment. The tutorial walks you through the mechanics and functionality of the exam and gives an overview of what to expect on the day of your exam. The tutorial will NOT be available at your testing appointment. Therefore, it is required that you review this information PRIOR to arriving at the Pearson VUE testing center. 

Prep - Comprehensive Exam

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    1. Understand the Exam Format

    • The Comprehensive exam is a two-module (A and B), computer-based, multiple choice exam.
    • Each module consists of 80 questions; of these, 75 questions will be scored and the remaining 5 will be considered pre-test questions which may be used in future exams.
    • You will have 2 hours to complete each module of the computer-based exam at the testing center.

  • 2. Understand the Exam Content

  • 3.  Study for Exam Prior to the Test Date

    • The NIGP-CPP Online Prep Guide will be available May 2020.

  • 4. Take a Prep Course

    • Register to attend a NIGP-CPP Comprehensive Exam Prep Course

  • 5.  TAKE THE TUTORIAL BEFORE GOING TO TESTING CENTER

    All candidates must complete an online tutorial from Pearson VUE, our testing partner, BEFORE going to your scheduled testing appointment. The tutorial walks you through the mechanics and functionality of the exam and gives an overview of what to expect on the day of your exam. The tutorial will NOT be available at your testing appointment. Therefore, it is required that you review this information PRIOR to arriving at the Pearson VUE testing center.