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Certification - PPAI Professional Development Program

Welcome To The New  Evolution Of A Professional!

Building on the existing PPAI certification designations:  Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) and Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) programs, PPAI‘s Professional Development Department is excited to introduce two new industry designations: the introductory Trained Advertising Specialist (TAS) certificate program, is designed for those early in their careers, and the advanced Master Advertising Specialist Plus (MAS+) certification program, is for experienced industry veterans. The PPAI certification program is an all-inclusive industry-wide program and does not require membership.  Associated certification costs for both members and nonmembers are the lowest in the industry.

The Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) and Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) are the promotional products industry's professional designations. Individuals with MAS/CAS Certification are seen as industry leaders—those who have attained a higher standard of professionalism, knowledge and experience. MAS/CAS certification is acquired through a combination of: active employment in the industry, education, industry contributions and the successful demonstration of expertise. Certification is maintained through continuing education to ensure current knowledge and leading-edge professional skills.

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Value of PPAI Professional Development Certification Programs
Certification is an investment in yourself and your career. PPAI Professional Development designations are highly respected and the recognized credentials in the promotional products industry. As the industry benchmarks, they establish your professional credibility to colleagues, clients, employers and peers. Earning your designation

  • Demonstrates your commitment to the industry
  • Enhances the professional image of the promotional products industry 
  • Reflects personal achievement
  • Establishes professional credentials
  • Improves career opportunities and advancement
  • Offers greater professional recognition from peers
  • Shows you are dedicated to a higher standard

Trained Advertising Specialist (TAS)
Begin the evolution of your career with the Trained Advertising Specialist (TAS) Certificate!

 The PPAI Professional Development Certification Program Trained Advertising Specialist (TAS) Certificate is a PPAI Professional Development initiative aimed at providing promotional products professionals with less than three years of industry experience an avenue for earning an industry credential, which is aligned with their entry-level experience, education, and/or achievements.

Components
The PPAI Professional Development Certification Trained Advertising Specialist (TAS) Program is an earned certificate program comprised of the following elements:

• Foundational education program targeted towards promotional products professionals with less than three
     years of industry experience
• Completed and approved Trained Advertising Specialist (TAS) application form
• Trained Advertising Specialist (TAS) program fee
• Verification of 25 earned education points from either MAS or CAS-approved courses
• Trained Advertising Specialist (TAS) certificate


Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS)
The PPAI Professional Development Certification Program Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) Certification is a PPAI industry credential awarded to promotional products professionals with at least three years of promotional products industry experience, and who have met rigorous educational course and testing requirements—demonstrating exemplary commitment to their profession. Professionals who have earned their CAS provide the highest standard of conduct and integrity.

PPAI has certified CAS candidates since 1961, in all 50 US States and in over 15 countries around the world. Click HERE to read how the CAS has shaped countless professionals for over 50 years.

Program Requirements
The PPAI Professional Development Certification Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) Program is an earned certification which requires the following:

--Possess a current UPIC (www.upic.org) login (registered email address and password)
--Presently serving in a position with a promotional products company
--Three years of promotional products industry experience (does not have to be consecutive years)

 --15 education credits from six CAS-required courses

 Master Advertising Specialist (MAS)
The PPAI Professional Development Certification Program Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Certification is a PPAI industry credential awarded to promotional products professionals with at least five years of promotional products industry experience, and who have met rigorous educational course and testing requirements—demonstrating exemplary commitment to their profession. Professionals who have earned their MAS provide the highest standard of conduct and integrity.

PPAI has certified MAS candidates since 1979, in all 50 US States and in over 15 countries around the world. Click HERE to read how the MAS has shaped countless professionals over the years.

 Program Requirements
The PPAI Professional Development Certification Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Program is an earned certification which requires the following:

 Possess a current UPIC (www.upic.org) login (registered email address and password

  • Presently serving in a position with a promotional products company
  • Five years of promotional products industry experience (does not have to be consecutive years)
  • Posses a current CAS Certification
  • 100 MAS-level education credits (there are currently no required MAS courses)  
  • Minimum of 1.0 Industry Service Credit* (a maximum of 15 Industry Service credits are allowed)
  • Passing score on the MAS Exam: 70%
  • Recertification every three years (by earning 25 additional MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Recertification Application)