CPD Exam Open Book FAQ

ASPE's Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) credential

Below are common questions related to the Open Book Policy for the CPD Examination.

The 2021 CPD Exam is open book. UPDATED SINCE THE 2018 CPD EXAM: Exam candidates are allowed to bring in and use any printed reference materials. There is no limit to the quantity of reference materials brought into the testing center. 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. No staples, sticky notes, and flags will be permitted. Loose notes within a book are not permitted. The books and printed materials can include:

  • Handwritten notes on the pages
  • Highlighting within the pages


If you have any questions about the CPD program, or any related issues please email [email protected].

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