Certified Sales Professional (CSP)

The Mark of Excellence in Professional Sales

For over 20 years, Certified Sales Professionals (CSP) have represented the gold standard in sales, demonstrating a commitment to excellence that opens the door to better career opportunities and higher earning potential.

CSP Minimum Requirements

  • College Diploma + 35 hours of recognized professional development in sales aligned to the Sales Professional Competency Framework.
  • Minimum 4 years of verified experience independently managing client accounts and meeting or exceeding targets.


How to Apply

  • Be a member in good standing of the Canadian Professional Sales Association
  • Meet experience and education requirements
  • Send in an application, attaching:
    • An up-to-date CV or link to updated LinkedIn profile
    • Transcripts/evidence of College Diploma
    • Evidence of 2 years of meeting or exceeding sales targets (include this in your reference letter to save you time!)
    • 2 Letters of Reference from immediate supervisors or customers. Use our template reference letter!
    • Evidence of 35 hours professional development in sales aligned with the CPSA professional sales competencies
  • Pay one-time Application and Exam Fees ($598)
  • Pass the Certified Sales Professional exam
  • Sign an agreement to abide by the CPSA Institute Code of Ethics

Ready to apply? Get started today.

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CSPs know what top performers know, and have the skills and follow-through to get consistently good results. A professional designation marks their commitment to being the best.
  • 72% of CSPs rank in the top 25% of sales within their organizations
  • The majority surpass their annual sales quotas
  • Almost 50% earn more after completing the program
  • Read the case study of a real CSP here

It’s no wonder that more and more employers are demanding certification as the standard for new hires.

We’ve updated our CSP program, in close collaboration with industry leaders, making the CSP designation more valuable today than ever.


Who Should Become a Certified Sales Professional?

CSP designation is for sales professionals who want recognition for excellence in how well they handle the largest accounts, with the most strategic customers, and consistently meet or exceed sales targets. 

CSP candidates may currently hold titles such as:

  • Account Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Account Leader
  • Account Director

Maintain Your Designation

  • Get at least 30 units of recognized professional development each year
  • Remain a member in good standing of the Canadian Professional Sales Association
  • Adhere to the CPSA Institute Code of Ethics


Ready to apply? Get started today.

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Or email institute@cpsa.com to find out more.

For more information about designations, see the links below:

"The CPSA program has greatly accelerated my career and made me a better sales professional as I move forward. 24 hours after news broke that I had earned my designation, I was promoted to National Outside Sales Manager within my division."

Brian Sencich, CSP, Client Partner, Facebook


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