Certified Sales Leader (CSL)

Lead the Way to the Top - CSL Exemption Pathway

  • Have you attended 5 days of sales conferences over the past 5 years?

  • Do you have over 10 years’ experience in sales-team leadership?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, then you may be eligible to apply for an exemption for a limited time!

------>Don't have 10 years of sales-team leadership experience? No problem, you may still be eligible to apply under the CSL Regular pathway. Click here


Want to know what a real CSL has to say about the designation? Read our CSL case study here!


How to Apply:

It's easy! Simply submit the following documents to institute@cpsa.com and wait for your approval email:

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The new Certified Sales Leader (CSL) designation recognizes Canada’s top sales leadership talent.

Certified Sales Leaders (CSL) have a strong commitment to delivering sales force excellence, continuous learning, and leadership in enterprise sales. They also have the knowledge, skills, and experience to improve sales performance across entire organizations.

CSL's excel at recruiting, developing, and retaining top talent, strategic planning, problem solving, sales operations, performance management and leadership. They have what it takes to impact both an organization’s bottom line and its overall sales culture.

Who Should Become a Certified Sales Leader?

The CSL designation is for sales leaders who want recognition for their knowledge, skill, and commitment to sales force excellence, continuous development, and leadership in the complex and ever-changing world of enterprise sales. 

CSL candidates may currently hold titles such as:

  • Director of Sales
  • Vice-President of Sales
  • Regional Sales Manager

Coming Soon

A CSL pathway for Sales Leaders who don't have 10 years of experience.

CSL Minimum Requirements (Regular Pathway)

  • University Degree
  • 35 hours of pre-requisite education aligned with sales leadership competencies
  • 6 years cumulative work experience which includes:
    • Minimum 2 years independently managing customer accounts – meeting or exceeding targets
    • Minimum 2 years people leadership experience or
    • 10 years experience teaching sales and sales leadership in a post-secondary institution.

How to Apply

    • An up-to-date CV or link to updated LinkedIn profile.
    • Evidence of 2 years of meeting or exceeding sales targets (can include sales awards, dashboards, performance reports, or Letters of Reference).
    • 2 Letters of Reference from immediate supervisors or customers. We will accept reference letters in the following format:
    • Option 1: Use the template reference letter provided by the CPSA Institute and have your referees complete the highlighted areas;
    • Option 2: Your referees can write their own reference letter and email them directly to institute@cpsa.com;
    • Option 3: Your referees can provide you with reference letters and you can submit them to institute@cpsa.com along with all required documents.
    • Evidence of 35 hours of professional development (can include attendance at sales conferences, seminars, completing in-house training, or developing/presenting seminars or courses).
  • Pay one-time Application and Examination Fees - $996
  • Earn a passing grade on the CSL exam.
    For a limited time, Sales Leaders with more than 10 years of experience in sales team leadership, and sales faculty members with more than 10 years’ experience in sales education in a post-secondary institution may apply for an exemption from the final exam. See above for CSL Exemption Pathway requirements.
  • Sign an agreement to abide by the CPSA Institute Code of Ethics

If you want to apply under the CSL Regular pathway, please contact institute@cpsa.com

Maintain Your Designation

  • Get at least 30 units of professional development each year
  • Remain a member in good standing of the Canadian Professional Sales Association
  • Adhere to the CPSA Institute Code of Ethics
  • Certified Sales Leaders must pass an online ethics quiz with a final score of 80% or more within the first year of receiving their designation

Ready to apply? Get started today.

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

“CPSA Institute’s rigorous, standards-based designations and education framework are addressing the need for a strong development path for sales talent in today’s labour market, and defining excellence for a new generation of highly skilled sale professionals.”  

Jordan Sheridan, General Manager – Modern Workplace, Microsoft