Examination Details and Preparation

Qualified candidates can take the three-hour exam during two 30-day testing windows each year at approved testing center locations throughout the world. Dates for the next application and examination window are listed under the Spotlight column on the right.

Application Process

The CMPP application process is handled directly by ISMPP. Examination administration is managed by an external certification partner.

Click here to download the Candidate Handbook, which contains details about the examination and application process.

Click here to submit the CMPP Examination Application electronically.

About the CMPP Exam

As is standard with this type of certification, the CMPP program exam has been prepared to ensure that each candidate has a broad understanding across a set of critical information domains, and to ensure a minimum acceptable standard of practice across the industry. The current pass rate of the exam is ~81%.

The four knowledge domains tested are:

  • Publication plan development

  • Tactical plan development

  • Publication plan implementation

  • Professional Responsibilities

Part of the development process included the psychometric validation of the examination, which assesses candidates on all aspects of professional publication planning.

The examination includes 150 multiple-choice, psychometrically validated, computer-based questions. Examinations are graded on a pass/fail basis.

Eligibility Criteria

The exam is open to members and nonmembers, and applicants must meet one of the following minimum qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college/university or an equivalent educational degree as determined by ISMPP, and

  • Four thousand (4,000) hours of active, verifiable employment predominantly involving strategic publication plan development, tactical publication plan development, and/or publication plan implementation, as defined in Candidate Handbook. Such qualifying work includes employment with medical publication planning or communications agencies; pharmaceutical companies; biotechnology or device companies; and/or medical publishing firms.

[NOTE: Four thousand (4,000) employment hours and/or freelance/contracted assignment hours are the equivalent of two (2) years of full-time work experience].OR
  • High School Diploma, or an equivalent, completed educational course of study, as determined by ISMPP; and

  • Ten thousand (10,000) hours of active, verifiable employment predominately involving strategic publication plan development, tactical publication plan development, and/or publication plan implementation, as defined in Candidate Handbook. Such qualifying work includes employment with medical publication planning or communications agencies; pharmaceutical companies; biotechnology or device companies; and/or medical publishing firms.

[Note: Ten Thousand (10,000) employment hours and/or freelance/contracted assignment hours are the equivalent of five (5) years of full-time work experience].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CMPP Exam Application

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Candidate Handbook

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Next Examination

March 1 - 31, 2015

Application Deadline

February 1, 2015

Total number of CMPPs:

971

Why Certify?

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CMPP Poster Presentation (April/2012)

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