Certified Postsecondary
Instructor® (CPI)
CERTIFICATION

Your Path to becoming a Certified Postsecondary Instructor®.

Certified Postsecondary Instructor® (CPI®) certification is designed primarily for individuals who act in a teaching capacity in postsecondary career or technical college educational programs or healthcare institutions. Candidates are typically subject matter experts who have been hired to train or instruct others, but do not possess an academic background in education.

Choose Your Route

There are TWO (2) routes of eligibility to take the Certified Postsecondary Instructor® exam. Select your route of eligibility from the following:

Regular Examination


Minimum HS diploma (or GED)

  • A copy of a United States high school diploma or equivalent credentials (e.g., GED). If you have a college degree, you may send a copy of your degree/diploma instead.

Minimum 6 months full-time teaching experience (or equivalent) at the postsecondary level.

Evidence of good moral character.


Exam Fee: $135

Application Information

    In order for NCCT to process your application in a timely manner your application and all required documentation must be submitted 14 days prior to your anticipated test date.

    Applications and payments are valid for one year from the date of submission to NCCT.

    The practice of some professions may be regulated in certain states and it is your responsibility to determine whether this certification meets your state requirements for practice before taking it.

    For information regarding requests for ADA accommodations, download the following documents:

To complete your application; a test site & test date will be required.

Please contact NCCT 800-875-4404 as needed for this information.