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ASP CERTIFICATION FAMILY OF CREDENTIALS (updated in 2016)

This exam contains college level English and strategy jargon.  If English is NOT the language of business in your country, be aware that successful performance requires superior business English proficiency.




SMP SPP SPA
 


Credential Title SMP: Strategic Management Professional Level II SPP: Strategic Planning Professional Level I SPA: Strategic Planning Associate
Role
  • Works with C-Level Executives and their Teams
  • Works with Executives, Managers, and their Teams
  • Student, Apprentice, or New to Strategic Planning
Eligibility
Requirements
  • 5 years (minimum) as an experienced internal Executive or external Consultant leading multiple Strategic Planning assignments
  • College Graduate or 10 years work experience
  • Holds SPP credential or meets all of its requirements
  • 2 years (minimum) in an internal planning role or as a junior external planning consultant
  • College Graduate or 5 years work experience in strategic planning or related field
  • Meet ASP criteria for Student membership4
  • Has a senior planning professional mentor, preferably ASP certified
  • No prior experience in Planning nor demonstration of Business Acumen
  • Agree to apply for SPP within 3 years
Application Process:
Steps to Obtaining
Credential
  • Submit ASP Qualifying Application and pay Application Fee
  • Upon qualification, submit PTC Test Center Application and pay Exam Fee
  • Take and pass Exam Level II for SMP.

Note: ASP Pioneers were Exam Exempt as they created the Exam Questions.
  • Submit ASP Qualifying Application and pay Application Fee
  • Upon qualification, submit PTC1 Test Center Application and pay Exam Fee
  • Take and pass Exam Level I for SPP
  • Submit ASP Qualifying Application
  • Pay Application Fee
Exam Information:
Exam administered
for ASP by PTC 1
  • 3 hours and 160 questions
  • SMP Exam covers Level II
    in ASP BOK Framework
  • 3 hours and 160 questions
  • SMP Exam covers Level I
    in ASP BOK Framework
  • No Exam Required
Qualification
Application Fee
SMP
SPP
SPA
Candidate Exam Fee $450 $450
No Exam Required.
Re-Certification
Requirements 2
  • Every five years

  • Submit 100 Contact Hours2
  • Provide 10 potential SMP Exam Questions on Level II competencies
  • Every three years
  • Submit 50 Contact Hours2
  • Provide 10 potential SPP Exam Questions on Level I competencies
  • Credential good for up to two (2) years
  • No Recertification

1 ASP contracts with Professional Testing Corporation (PTC), an independent third party testing
   service. www.ptcny.com .
2 Recertification requirements and fees are currently under review and may be revised as of 2012.
3 Contact Hours Calculation: 1 CEU = 10 contact hours.
   ASP REPs hours are double credit (5 REP contact hours = 1 CEU).
   ASP REPs (i.e. Registered Educational Providers) are independent vendors qualified by ASP to
   teach its Body of Knowledge.
4 For student membership criteria, see ASP Student Discount Policy on the ASP Membership/Application webpage.

   Membership/Application webpage.
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