CPD Exam

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Upcoming exam dates and deadlines: 

  • 2019
    • See more here to determine if you're eligible: eligibility form + more info (registration now closed)
    • Exam dates: April 3-5, 2019
    • Registration opened: Dec. 3, 2018
    • Registration closed: March 21, 2019
  • 2020
    • Exam dates: March 30 - April 5, 2020
    • Registration opens: Dec. 1, 2019
    • Registration closes: March 19, 2020


CPD Exam Overview and Highlights

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To be eligible to take the CPD examination, a candidate must possess:

  • A minimum of four years of experience in a position of responsibility for the design of plumbing systems and possess a baccalaureate degree in a field related to engineering
  • In lieu of an accredited degree, a candidate may substitute up to an additional four years of practical experience in the design of plumbing systems, for a total of eight years, or be granted a credit of one-half year of practical experience for each full year of education in an accredited curriculum related to plumbing engineering
  • To inquire if you'd be eligible fill out the eligibility form to notify the CPD Committee.

New as of 2015 and updated since 2018:
The CPD Exam is open book unless otherwise notified. Candidates can bring in and use any printed reference materials. These materials may be professionally bound or printed by the exam candidate but they must remain bound during the exam. Loose paper, such as printed and downloaded publications, may be bound with ring binders, brads, plastic snap binders, spiral-bounding, or screw posts. Staples, sticky notes, and flags will not be permitted. Reference books with notes highlighted or written inside are permitted but loose notes such as extra printed papers or a notebook with written notes are prohibited. Candidates can bring in and use any non-programmable battery operated calculator. Click here to read more from the FAQ section about what is and is not permitted.

Want to know what to study?
ASPE recommends the following materials. If a publication is not in stock and you wish to have the bound version of the book reach out to your local chapter's President or Vice President Membership to inquire if any members can lend you their copies. The CPD Committee has revised the Open Book policy for 2018. See the section right above this for detail.

CPD Examination Domains: 

  • Gathering Information / Administration: ~11 questions
  • Design: ~ 65 questions)
  • Specifications: ~ 13 questions
  • Construction Services: ~ 11 questions

CPD Examination Fees:
ASPE Members (USA & Canada)  $450  (International) $575
Nonmembers (USA & Canada)  $675    (International) $800

CPD Practice Tests:
You can find the available practices tests online at the third-party website (https://reg-aspe.epic-exam.com/register). Read more here for step-by-step instructions.

Testing Centers:
Click here to find testing centers near you. Only centers that have Pearson Professional Center are in the ASPE network of exam centers. You will see many others appear, but the CPD Examination is only held at a Pearson Professional Center.

For questions related to eligiblity please complete the form online here.
If you have any questions about the CPD program, or any related issues please email certification@aspe.org
The CPD Exam is held once per year in the Spring.