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Association For Strategic Planning
Success through strategic thinking, planning, action

Welcome to ASP Certification Program

Dear ASP Members,

Welcome to the ASP Certification Program.  The purpose of the ASP Certification Program is to establish a high-level of quality and consistency within the strategic planning and management industry so that strategic planners and those responsible for developing and deploying strategy can assist organizations in meeting and exceeding the challenges of the 21st century.  The Program is based on the ASP Standards, Competencies and Body of Knowledge Framework (BOK Framework) which was developed by leaders in the field of strategic planning and management to guide the certification of strategy professionals in the United States as well as internationally. 

ASP offers two certifications, the Level I Strategic Planning Professional (SPP) and the Level II Strategic Management Professional (SMP), and a designation, the Strategic Planning Associate (SPA).  ASP members as well as non-members are eligible to apply for Certification. The Association also qualifies Registered Educational Providers (REPs) to offer courses and programs in strategic planning and management that align with ASP’s BOK Framework, including but not limited to courses to prepare individuals for passing the certification exams.


As of Nov. 2011, a revised ASP Certification Qualifying Application and new ASP Certification Handbook, Second Edition are available for download. Each document has important new information about procedures for applying for an ASP Certification credential and taking the Certification Exam, as well as recommendations and resources for Exam Preparation. See also the updated Summary of Important Administrative Information For ASP Certification (also Appendix III in the new Handbook).

Credential Title SMP: Strategic Management Professional Level II SPP: Strategic Planning Professional Level I SPA: Strategic Planning Associate
  • Works with C-Level Executives and their Teams
  • Works with Executives, Managers, and their Teams
  • Student, Apprentice, or New to Strategic Planning
  • 5 years (minimum) as an experienced internal Executive or external Consultant leading multiple Strategic Planning assignments
  • College Graduate or 10 years work experience
  • Holds SPP credential or meets all of its requirements
  • 2 years (minimum) in an internal planning role or as a junior external planning consultant
  • College Graduate or 5 years work experience in strategic planning or related field
  • Meet ASP criteria for Student membership4
  • Has a senior planning professional mentor, preferably ASP certified
  • No prior experience in Planning nor demonstration of Business Acumen
  • Agree to apply for SPP within 3 years
Application Process:
Steps to Obtaining
  • Submit ASP Qualifying Application and pay Application Fee
  • Upon qualification, submit PTC Test Center Application and pay Exam Fee
  • Take and pass Exam Level II for SMP.

Note: ASP Pioneers were Exam Exempt as they created the Exam Questions.
  • Submit ASP Qualifying Application and pay Application Fee
  • Upon qualification, submit PTC1 Test Center Application and pay Exam Fee
  • Take and pass Exam Level I for SPP
  • Submit ASP Qualifying Application
  • Pay Application Fee
Exam Information:
Exam administered
for ASP by PTC 1
  • No Exam Required
Select Member Type
Application Fee
Candidate Exam Fee

Fee Schedule

Fee Schedule

Fee Schedule

Requirements 2
  • Every five years
  • Submit an Intention to Re-certify
  • Submit 100 Contact Hours2
  • Provide 10 potential SMP Exam Questions on Level II competencies
  • Pay Recertification fee
  • Every three years
  • Submit an Intention to Recertify
  • Submit 50 Contact Hours2
  • Provide 10 potential SPP Exam Questions on Level I competencies
  • Pay Recertification fee
  • Credential good for up to two (2) years
  • No Recertification

1 ASP contracts with Professional Testing Corporation (PTC), an independent third party testing
  service. www.ptcny.com .
2 Recertification requirements and fees are currently under review and may be revised as of 2012.
3 Contact Hours Calculation: 1 CEU = 10 contact hours.
   ASP REPs hours are double credit (5 REP contact hours = 1 CEU).
   ASP REPs (i.e. Registered Educational Providers) are independent vendors qualified by ASP to teach its
   Body of Knowledge.
4 For student membership criteria, see ASP Student Discount Policy on the ASP Membership/Application webpage.


Fees Structure (payable only in USD) For Members For Non Members
Qualifying Application Fee for SMP, SPP, and SPA: $100 $150
Candidate Exam Fee for SMP and SPP:
To be paid ONLY after Certification Application is approved
Re-Exam Fees: $175 US/CAN   $200 International
$300 $400
International Test Center Surcharge:
To set up Exam Location outside of US & Canada;
Surcharge included in fee when home country not US or Canada
$100 Surcharge $100 Surcharge
Testing Period Transfer Fee:
To be paid ONLY AFTER ASP approval for test period transfer
$150 $150
Recertification Fee for SMP and SPP: 2 Under review Under review

Survey Results

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Acknowledgment of Sponsorship for
The ASP Certification Project: 2008-2009-2010

The Association of Strategic Planning (ASP) would like to acknowledge its gratitude and "Thank You" for the individuals, teams and organizations participating and supporting the development of our ASP Certification Program, especially including the following:

Sponsors for the ASP National Standards and Certification Program include:

  • Delta Community Credit Union
  • Sundt Corporation
  • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
  • Haines Centre for Strategic Management
  • Balanced Scorecard Institute

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