Certified Equity Professional (CEP) Testing

The Certified Equity Professional Institute (CEPI) at Santa Clara University is the only certification body for equity compensation professionals. Candidates are given the option to complete one, two, or all three levels of the exam. To earn the Equity Compensation Associate (ECA) designation, individuals must pass the first exam, thus demonstrating a basic understanding of equity compensation related issues in all of the core disciplines. ECA certification is a prerequisite to becoming a CEP. To earn the CEP designation, individuals must pass all three exams, thus demonstrating mastery of equity compensation related issues in all of the core disciplines. The CEPI also offers candidates the Advanced Equity Compensation Accounting certificate (AECA) exam, which is designed for financial reporting professionals who work with equity compensation.

All examination centers are equipped to provide access in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and every reasonable accommodation will be made in meeting a candidate’s needs. If you require a special accommodation and have not requested one during the application process, please contact the CEPI. Please note that all Special Examination Arrangement requests must be made at the time of registration.

For all general questions about the testing process and information on testing regulations and policies, please visit the CEP page on the Santa Clara University website.

Application Requirements

Before you can schedule your examination, you must submit an examination application and fee to the CEPI.

Please note that even if you have already registered and made an account in MyCEP (on the CEPI site), you will need to make a new account here. New and returning candidates must create a new Pearson VUE web account, username, and password to complete the registration process regardless of previous registration history.

Last updated 2022-03-28