Welcome to the ABPMP's Certified Business Process Professional (CBPP®) Certification Program. 

The Certified Business Process Professional Program is a professional certification program that requires experience, knowledge, and a commitment to professionalism, and is not a training program. 

How to Become a Certified Business Process Professional (CBPP®)


Step 0:  Pre-requisites/Qualifications

See Eligibility and Experience Requirements. There is a major emphasis on experience as a requirement. You will be required to describe in a narrative format that demonstrates your experience in the context of the knowledge areas of the BPM CBOK®.  You will also be required describe the BPM projects, what you did on those projects in terms of the situation and the business processes in focus and what you did to improve or transform the business processes.  If you are not able to meet this experience requirement, it is suggested that you wait to apply and invest the time to acquire the requisite experience.  For those of you who believe you meet the pre-requisite qualifications, you are invited to apply.

Step 1:  Prepare

The CBPP® examination is a very rigorous examination structured according to the BPM knowledge areas found in the Guide to the Business Process Management Common Body of Knowledge (BPM CBOK®) and tests your multidisciplinary knowledge and breadth of experience as a BPM Practitioner.  You certainly can take advantage of the ABPMP membership by joining a Chapter and/or participating in a Chapter study group.  ABPMP International Chapters are uniquely positioned to complement the way you learn best: 

• Study the BPM CBOK®
• Join our online CBPP Prep study group on LinkedIn.
• Attend our CBPP® OnDemand Webcasts.
• Attend educational sessions at a local ABPMP Chapter meetings.

Step 2:  Submit Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $75 in US dollars should be submitted prior to submitting or resubmitting an application to take the exam.  NOTE: Your application will not be processed until payment is received.  - Click Here to submit application fee. 

Non-Refundable US Application Fee:  $75.00


Step 3:  Complete the Application

Download the application here.  Before submitting, be certain that your application is complete. Be certain to describe each project and initiative in such a way that people who will be reviewing your application will be able to immediately understand the outcomes as well as what you personally did to improve or transform each situation. Your description should relate your experience to each of the BPM roles in which you served as well as to the knowledge areas of the BPM CBOK®. 

Additional pages may be added, but all information should be contained within the application form.

Additional documents such as resumes or CVs will not be considered.


Step 4:  Submit your Application

E-mail your application to the Certification Committee for determination of your readiness to take the CBPP® Exam.   You will be notified of the determination within 30 business days.

Step 5:  Register for the Exam

Once your application is approved, you will be sent the url to register and pay for the exam.  For your convenience, you can take the exam at one of the (Click Here for Testing Centers) hundreds of testing locations throughout the world.

Examination Fee:
Members:  $500
Non-Members:  $650

Candidates will be notified of their scores immediately upon completion of the exam.  Upon successfully completing and passing the exam, you will receive a CBPP® certification diploma will be mailed to your address on the application.  

Step 6  Maintain your Credentials.

The ABPMP International requires that you keep your certification up to date by participating in BPM-related training and/or activities and paying a $75 application fee, both of which are required to renew your certification.

Recertification Policy & Requirements (Download)

  • Recertification required every 3 years
    • 60 hours of continuing professional education activities required
    • Or retake exam
  • Some example activities
    • Courses, Training, Seminars
    • Professional association events
    • Writing, Presenting, Teaching
  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about CBPP Certification can be found here


The CBPP® is unique in our rapidly changing market place.  This certification has been developed by and for BPM practitioners.  It is the first independent professional examination and certification program in the area of BPM.  CBPP® has been designed to comply with international certification standards and is now the internationally recognized standard for BPM professionals.   The certification will initially be offered by ABPMP through our chapters and affiliates worldwide, representing the largest qualified constituency of BPM practitioners today.

BPM Certification means that an individual has:

  • Achieved appropriate professional experience and/or education;
  • Passed a rigorous examination;
  • Agreed to abide by a professional code of conduct;
  • Committed to maintaining an active credential through meeting continuing professional development requirements.

Experience Qualification

  • 4 Years
  • Process management, Process improvement, or Process transformation experience
  • Documented experience and qualifications
  • References


  • Undergraduate degree may not be substituted for expierience – no additional credit
  • Approved graduate degrees may be substituted for up to 6 months of BPM experience

Other Professional Certification, e.g., PMP, CBAP

  • Approved certifications may be substituted for up to 6 months of BPM experience


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