| CPC stands for Certified
Personnel Consultant. It is the coveted symbol of professionalism in the personnel consulting industry.|
Certification is the personnel consulting industry's
badge of confidence. It identifies those individuals who have attained a high level
of expertise and professional competence. Its purpose is to assure the client and
job applicant that the highest ethical and professional standards will be met in their
business relationships with the Temporary Help and Permanent
To the individual who achieves it,
certification is the symbol of pride and accomplishment. To the client,
certification is your assurance that the personnel consultant you are working with met or
surpassed a prescribed set of standards and is a professional in all aspects of the highly
technical field of personnel placement.
The rules about certification are few, but
they are significant. To qualify, an individual must be employed currently in the
industry and have a minimum of two years' experience as a placement consultant. The
designation can only be granted to individuals. No firm can claim that it is a CPC
Upon applying for certification, candidates
must first pass an EEO law exam. This tests for their knowledge of certain aspects
of employment law. Candidates failing the examination are not certified.
The examinations are proctored locally and test papers are
sent to an independent psychological testing organization for its approval before
certification can be granted. From start to finish, the entire process of
certification takes the better part of a year.
What does CPC mean to you? It
is your assurance that you are working with a highly-competent individual in the complex
field of recruitment.