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What is the Certified Professional Product Steward (CPPS) Credential?

The Certified Professional Product Steward (CPPS), the first credential of its kind, will provide product stewards with an opportunity to distinguish their expertise and build professional credibility within their organizations.

Certified Professional Product Stewards demonstrate professional competence in the responsible management of the health, safety, and environmental aspects of raw materials, intermediate, and consumer products throughout their lifecycle and across the value chain to prevent or minimize negative impacts and maximize value.

How Do I Become a CPPS?

 

 

 

If you are interested in being certified as a CPPS, there are several requirements you must meet:

 

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or from another college that is acceptable to the Board
  • You must have 48 month (four years) of professional-level experience where at least 50% is in the professional practice of product stewardship
  • You must currently be engaged in active practice at the time of application
  • You must pass the CPPS exam
  • You must agree to adhere to the BGC Code of Ethics and to be governed by the BGC Ethics Case Procedures

 

For more information on the specific details of becoming a CPPS, read the CPPS handbook

Testimonials

What our Diplomates say

People who hold the CPPS certification often say they feel a sense of accomplishment, a sense of additional responsibility, and a greater appreciation of Product Stewardship practice. Here is just a sampling of some of the testimonials we have received from our CPPS Diplomates:

“Thirty years ago, I became a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and that feeling of accomplishment (and relief) that washed over me when I received my certificate has never left me. That foundation served me well as my career expanded into the emerging field of product safety / stewardship over these past 20 years, but I’ve always felt that the CIH only told part of my story. That’s why, when the CPPS was announced, I jumped at the chance to once again see how I measured up. Now, maintaining both a CIH and a CPPS paints a fuller picture of me professionally and should help my clients feel confident that the person advising them is not only knowledgeable but is also bound by a professional code of ethics. Earning the CPPS may not be like winning a Grammy, but it sure feels good to be tested and find out that you do measure up against your peers.”

John Mikan,

CIH, CPPS

“As a BGC Board member involved in the development of the CPPS credential, it’s exciting to see the credential in place and growing. BGC certification is awarded to those who can pass rigorous examination and who demonstrate their professional competence through education, work experience, and a continuing commitment to keeping their knowledge and skills current. The CPPS designation is useful for certificants and employers looking for product stewardship professionals.”

Thomas Grumbles,

CIH, FAIHA, CPPS

“The timing worked out great for me to apply for the CPPS credential, and it captured my past 20+ years of experience and knowledge in Product Stewardship. I wanted to see how my understanding of Product Stewardship compared with the CPPS. The CPPS has given me higher expectations and additional responsibility as to how I, as a CPPS, should face challenges using the principles and values of Product Stewardship. I am very thankful for those who made the CPPS certification available for me to challenge myself. I know many years of preparation went into developing this credential, which provides topics that are broad, global, and impact many industries.

Like any achievement, the process of obtaining my CPPS was the most meaningful aspect of this endeavor. AIHA’s CPPS preparation courses and AIHA’s two main publications were very useful in that regard. I use the publications regularly even after having taken the exam. The exam preparation allowed me to re-visit Product Stewardship from a slightly different lens, beyond day-to-day work. It also introduced areas with which I was not familiar. I highly recommend applying for the CPPS credential for a greater appreciation of Product Stewardship practice!”

Saho Ikemoto Linton,

CPPS