Certified Solicitation Professional™ (CPE™)


Accelerate Your Career Now! There are no minimum work requirements or college degree requirements to apply for the CPE™ Exam.


First time applicants are required to successfully complete a CPE™ Prep Course. The course can be taken in-person or online through certified third-party Universities.

Exam Topics

The CPE™ certification program focuses on the standard of care in both public and private RFP/RFx procurement, including transparency, openness, fairness, ethics, general legal frameworks, conflicts of interest, and others.

The CPE™ Exam assesses and certifies competency in the following solicitation and procurement categories:

  • Procurement Integrity
  • Fundamentals of Solicitations
  • Understanding the Competitive Sealed Proposal Process
  • Developing the Scope of Work
  • Administrative Procedures
  • Evaluations Procedures
  • Close Out Process and Debriefing

The Exam

The CPE™ Exam is 100% online and can be taken at any time (upon successful completion of the CPE™ Prep Course). The Exam consists of 100 questions (multiple choice and short answers) and takes approximately 120 minutes to complete.

Certification Cost

Cost for CPE Members


Cost of CPE Prep Course varies depending on the provider.

Cost for Non-members


Cost of CPE Prep Course varies depending on the provider.

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Your CPE™ credential is valid for two years. By the end of each two year term, a CSP designee will need to accrue 15 approved continuing education credits to maintain their credential. Attendance to one Annual CPE Conference fulfills two years of continuing education credit.