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

To be eligible to apply for the CSP® designation, you must have:

  • College Diploma + 35 hours of accredited pre-requisite education in sales aligned to the Sales Professional Competency Framework. You can see which courses are aligned to the CSP® here
  • Minimum 4 years of verified experience independently managing client accounts.
  • Evidence of meeting/exceeding targets for at least 2 of those years (can be included as part of your reference letter, proprietary documents from your employer are not required).
If you have 6 years of verified sales experience, you are exempt from the education requirements listed above, however, we do suggest you take our Sales Professional Assessment to see if you need to improve in any competency areas before attempting the exam. 


We also offer a CSP® Bootcamp for corporate teams. This instructor-led online session will help you prepare for your Certified Sales Professional designation exam. During this session you will have the opportunity to work through challenging content areas, complete sample test questions, and build confidence as you move toward completing the capstone of your sales development journey.

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How to Apply

  • You must Be a member in good standing of the Canadian Professional Sales Association ($199)
  • Meet experience and education requirements
  • Upload the required documents through our National Accreditation Portal (only available to members)
    • 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 (this can be included in your reference letter to protect your employer's proprietary information)
    • 2 signed 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

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1. Once you have made payment, you can proceed to the portal to upload your application
2. The CPSA Institute will email you when a review of your application has been conducted. This takes a maximum of 30 days from the receipt of a complete application.
3. The CPSA Institute will send you a second email with instructions on how to schedule your online exam. All candidates must have access to a computer with a microphone, a camera and internet to do the online exam. Please note that if you require special accommodations for the exam, you must alert CPSA to this before you schedule your exam.
4. Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be awarded with a digital CSP® credential. 

CSP®s 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 CSP®s 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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