Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) Exam

UT policy HR0465 “Salary Increase for Passing the Certified Professional Secretary Examination” outlines provisions for non-exempt employees who perform clerical-secretarial or clerical-management duties to earn a nine percent salary increase upon passing the Certified Professional Secretary (CPS), now the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) exam. Please review 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.

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CAP class participants attend a mixer to celebrate their progress toward achieving their goals. More than 50 employees were enrolled, including employees at the UT-Family Practice Clinic in Jackson (not pictured)

Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) Overview

CAP Checklist

Changes from CPS to CAP

The CPS (Certified Professional Secretary) designation has changed to CAP (Certified Administrative Professional). While the language in the UT policy concerning the nine percent increase for the CPS has not been changed, the university will honor the CAP and reward successful employees with the nine percent increase. Updates to this policy will be distributed upon receipt.


Saturday, May 4, 2013February 15, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013August 15, 2013

Exam Structure

The CPS three-part exam is no longer available with the CAP designation. The CAP exam is a comprehensive, 350 question exam administered for 4 1/2 hours on the testing dates. The topics covered are: Human Resources, Financial Functions, Document Production, Physical Information Resources, Records Management, Information Distribution, Organization Planning, and Communication.

Employees may be eligible for a grant of up to $150 from the Career Development Fund (CDF) to offset the cost of 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.