How the Exam was Developed

The CMPC examination was developed by a diverse group of practitioners in partnership with test development experts in a manner consistent with generally accepted psychometric principles and best practices for certification examination development. The results of a job task analysis defined the content and provided the foundation for the exam.

The CMPC exam is 115 multiple choice items. Applicants have 90 minutes to complete the exam.  Topics covered by the exam are listed:

  • Domain 1: Rapport, Roles and Expectations  - 13%
  • Domain 2: Assessment  - 16%
  • Domain 3: Goals, Outcomes and Planning -  20%
  • Domain 4: Implementation  - 35%
  • Domain 5: Evaluation - 11%
  • Domain 6: Professional Issues - 5%

Studying for the Exam

As the certification program governing body, it is within the Certification Council’s role to develop and administer the certification examination to determine the qualifications of candidates for certification. The Certification Council does not develop, require, provide, approve, accredit, or endorse any specific study guides, review courses, or other examination preparation products.

The Certification Council does not accredit, approve, endorse, or recommend any education or training programs and/or products designed or intended to prepare candidates for certification. The Council has no involvement in the development or delivery of such programs or products.

A Certification Exam Reference List is provided as a resource to give certification exam takers ideas about references that they may use to prepare for the exam while AASP works to create study materials for the future. This resource is not intended to serve as an exclusive list of references that will help a candidate prepare effectively for the exam, nor is it a guarantee that all information on the exam is contained within these references. These references and others were used to help write exam questions.

Scheduling an Exam

The CMPC exam is offered at testing sites during the dates listed online. A list of over 5,000 PearsonVue test centers will be posted shortly. Candidates are encouraged to apply for certification well in advance to ensure their choice of examination date and time will be available. Once your application has been approved you will receive instructions regarding scheduling your exam date.


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