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The CPIP program is closed to new candidates from Nov 30, 2013

Eligibility Requirements

The opportunity to obtain the CPIP credential will be available for a limited period of time. New candidates must meet the eligibility requirements and submit an eligibility application by November 30, 2013, complete relevant interim steps and pass the examination before May 31, 2014. Eligibility is assessed with respect to formal education and professional experience.

  1. Request an official, degree awarded transcript from your university/college. The transcript must be sent directly from the learning institution to ISPE. Non-degreed candidates should obtain proof of secondary school completion to submit with the application.
  2. Fill out the CPIP eligibility application form (CPIP-EA-1 Form), and send with your application fee payment information, professional experience verification documentation by mail/post to ISPE.

    ISPE Headquarters
    Professional Certification Department
    600 N. Westshore Blvd., Suite 900
    Tampa, Florida 33609 USA
  3. Receive notice of eligibility acceptance from the ISPE-PCC.

Candidates with a bachelor’s (or higher) or the global equivalent

Education Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s or higher (or globally equivalent university degree) from an educational institution accredited by a generally-recognized accrediting body (e.g., ABET, SACS, UK Science and Engineering Research Council)
  • A candidate who has earned one or more advanced degrees (such as a Master’s or Doctoral Degree) will receive credit for one year of experience (see Experience Requirements below).

Experience Requirements:

  • Three (3) years of documented drug product development / manufacturing pharmaceutical / biotechnology industry-related experience


  • Five (5) years of documented experience in an industry other than the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries

Candidates with a secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent)

Education Requirements:

  • A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent) or associates degree or global equivalent

Experience Requirements:

  • At least seven (7) years of documented drug product development/ manufacturing pharmaceutical/biotechnology or life sciences industry-related experience


  • Ten (10) years of documented experience in an industry other than the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries

You must also possess broad industry knowledge in the following knowledge areas:

  1. Product development
  2. Facilities and equipment
  3. Information systems
  4. Supply chain management
  5. Production systems
  6. Regulatory compliance (includes drugs, environmental, health and safety)
  7. Quality systems

Detailed eligibility requirements are located in the CPIP Eligibility Application Handbook.

Eligibility Application Fees

ISPE Member Application Fee US$175, €135
ISPE Nonmember Application Fee US$275, €212

Sam DeMarco, CPIP, President Compliance Team Inc, United States

"I believe that the credential has made me more confident and I feel that my clients engage me in more philosophical discussions on pharmaceutical industry subject matter. I get the sense that my clients 'listen' to me in a more serious 'in tune' way."

Marc Fleischman, CPIP, Facility and Verification Engineer, Genzyme, a Sanofi Company

"I chose to pursue the CPIP certification as a way to learn new phases of the industry and to codify my existing knowledge. As I prepared and studied for the exam, I was challenged to develop a broader understanding of many industry concepts that I had not been routinely exposed to. The experience has left me with a deep understanding of GMP regulation and broad industry knowledge across the entire bio/pharm lifecycle."