Applying for the Certified Professional Product Steward (CPPS) Credential

The practice of Product Stewardship encompasses the health, safety, regulatory compliance, legal, sustainability, and environmental aspects of chemical raw materials; intermediate materials; or industrial, commercial, and consumer products throughout their life cycle and across the value chain.  The Certified Professional Product Steward (CPPS) certification program provides product stewards with the opportunity to distinguish their expertise and build professional credibility within their organizations by obtaining a credential offered through an internationally-respected organization, the Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC). The CPPS is the first credential of its kind, developed using industry best practices for psychometrically valid testing.

BGC will only grant the Certified Professional Product Steward to practitioners who achieve the requirements for education and experience, agree to abide by BGC’s Code of Ethics and, through examination, demonstrate professional-level knowledge and skills by passing an exam covering four domains of Product Stewardship:

  • Assessment, Impact Analysis, & Risk Management
  • Communication
  • Data and Information Management
  • Regulatory Compliance

Once the CPPS credential is obtained, Diplomates can apply their knowledge in many different situations, some broad scope and comprehensive, some narrow scope as the person specializes. The domains of practice often differ and change many times during the course of a career. Thus, BGC places no restrictions or qualifications on the career paths of a CPPS as long as the person meets the ongoing requirements in the certification maintenance program and adheres to the professional, enforceable BGC Code of Ethics.

Obligations of Credential Holders

After you pass the exam and are issued your credential, you are required to meet several obligations, not limited to:

  • paying your fees on or before the due date
  • continually updating your knowledge and skills
  • documenting knowledge and skills through the Certification Maintenance Process
  • upholding the BGC Code of Ethics

Please be aware that if the requirements for certification and recertification change, you will be required to meet them in order to hold your certification.