What is the one-year CSPT Candidacy Eligibility Window and what’s the 90-day CSPT Authorization To Schedule?

The CSPT Candidacy Eligibility Window time period is one year, beginning when your application for CSPT Certification is approved. During this year-long period, candidates must complete all requirements to become CSPT certified, including passing the CSPT Exam and submitting an attestation form.

The Authorization To Schedule time period is 90 days, beginning when your application for CSPT candidacy is approved. During this period, you must schedule and take the CSPT Exam. If you are unable to schedule and sit for the exam during this 90-day period, you are required to withdraw your exam application to avoid paying all fees.

 

Candidacy Eligibility Window

  • To become a candidate for CSPT Certification, you must apply through your PTCB Account. Once your application for CSPT candidacy is approved, you will be granted a one-year Candidacy Eligibility Window. During this time period, you must complete all CSPT Certification requirements, including pass the CSPT Exam.
  • Any CSPT candidate who is unsuccessful in passing the CSPT exam may retake it provided the candidate is still within their one-year Candidacy Eligibility Window and has not exhausted four attempts at the CSPT Exam. Candidates who fail to complete the CSPT Certification requirements within their one-year Candidacy Eligibility Window will be required to reapply for eligibility if they wish to pursue their CSPT Certification.

Authorization to Schedule

  • If your application for CSPT candidacy is approved, you will receive an Authorization To Schedule email message from PTCB. The email will tell you that you have 90 days to schedule and take the exam, and will provide the ‘begin date’ and ‘end date’ of your authorization time period. If you are unable to schedule and take the exam during this 90-day period, you are required to withdraw your exam application to avoid paying all fees.
  • CSPT candidates unable to take the exam during their 90-day CSPT Exam authorization period must withdraw their exam registration to receive a refund of examination registration fees ($149) minus the $25 administrative fee. CSPT candidates who fail to withdraw their exam registration application before the expiration of their exam authorization period will forfeit the $149 exam registration fee. The $50 CSPT application fee is non-refundable.
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