Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) Exam

UT policy HR0465, Salary Increase for Passing the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) Exam outlines provisions for non-exempt employees who perform clerical-secretarial or clerical-management duties to earn a nine percent salary increase upon passing the CAP exam. Please see the list of eligible job titles.

The exam is administered by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) twice per year. The purpose is to help administrative professionals become more knowledgeable and informed regarding best practices in the workplace and in the profession. In addition to CAP, the Organizational Management (CAP-OM) and Technology Applications (CAP-TA) specialties are also being offered for those who desire to advance in these areas. Complete details are available at the IAAP website.


Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) Overview

CAP Checklist

Exam Structure

The CAP exam is a one-part, 350-question test administered for 4.5 hours on the testing dates. Topics covered include:

  • Communication
  • Organization and Planning
  • Information Distribution
  • Records Management
  • Human Resources
  • Document Production
  • Financial Functions
  • Physical and Information Resources

Beginning in March of 2015, IAAP will offer the exam via a computer-based platform. For updates regarding this transition visit the IAAP Certification homepage.

Career Development Fund

Employees may be eligible for a grant of up to $150 from the Career Development Fund (CDF) to offset the exam fee. For more information review the CDF guidelines and application process.

CAP Exam Salary Increase Instructions

Please review the steps to complete in order to receive the salary increase.