CPH FAQs


Successfully passing the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam is the first step in earning the CPH credential. FAQs about the exam process are below. If you have any remaining questions email info@nbphe.org.

My school was accredited after I graduated, can I still take the exam?

You can take the exam if you graduated up to three years before the CEPH–accreditation date of your school or program. (Example: University of Alabama at Birmingham was accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health [CEPH] in 1978. If you graduated in 1975 or thereafter, you are eligible to take the exam.) The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency which accredits schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health. View schools and programs accredited by CEPH.

The program or school from which I graduated is no longer accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), but it was CEPH-accredited when I graduated. Am I eligible for the CPH examination?

Yes you are eligible, as long as your graduation occurred within the time period of CEPH accreditation, or up to three years before the award of accreditation. NBPHE will contact CEPH to confirm an entity’s accreditation date. Note also that NBPHE routinely verifies the graduation status of all examinees with the registrar of the public health school or program. It will be your responsibility to ensure that the records documenting your graduation during the appropriate time period are available for verification.

How does this exam/credential relate to CHES? The ACHE diplomate? Being a registered sanitarian?

The CPH exam covers general information in the core areas of knowledge basic to public health and cross–cutting areas relevant to contemporary public health. The CPH exam does not delve into more specialized areas covered in the CHES, ACHE and other exams.

Is the CPH required for me to work in U.S. Public Health?

The CPH is not a license to practice public health in the U.S. The U.S. does not currently require any license to be hired in public health or to deliver an essential service of public health. The CPH is a voluntary credential that demonstrates mastery of the core knowledge of public health. However, more and more employers are preferentially hiring and promoting CPH professionals or those who are eligible for CPH credentialing.

How do I register for the exam?

Candidates can register at the Apply Now! Candidates who successfully complete the registration process will receive an email from AMP Customer Service (schedule@goamp.com) with instructions on scheduling the date, time and location of their exam. Candidates who have not received an email from AMP within five business days of registration may call AMP’s Candidate Support Center at (888) 519-9901.


Telephone Scheduling

Candidates who requested special accommodations from the NBPHE under the Americans with Disabilities Act must call AMP to schedule their examination appointment at 888-519-9901.

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Email Scheduling

Candidates who selected a test location outside of the 50 US states and DC must schedule via email with AMP. Look for an email from AMP with instructions and a request for preferred locations and dates.

Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf
AMP is equipped with Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD) to assist deaf and hearing-impaired candidates who wish to make application for the examination. TDD calling is available 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Friday at 913-895-4637. This TDD phone option is for individuals equipped with compatible TDD equipment.

What about candidates with disabilities / requesting a special accommodation?

NBPHE is interested in ensuring that no individual with a disability is deprived of the opportunity to take the examination solely by reason of that disability. AMP testing facilities will provide reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities.

  1. Wheelchair access is available at all established Assessment Centers. Candidates must advise AMP at the time of registration that wheelchair access is necessary.
  2. Candidates with visual, sensory or physical disabilities that would prevent them from taking the examination under standard conditions may request special accommodations and arrangements by submitting accommodation request forms to Examination Services, AMP, 18000 W. 105th Street, Olathe, KS, 66061-7543. Questions about the accommodation request process should be directed to 888-519-9901.
How do I update my email or mailing address?

To update your account before you have taken the CPH exam, please log in to NBPHE Online Services and update your contact information. To update your contact information after you have taken the CPH exam, please log in to the recertification portal.

Can I defer my registration to another exam administration?

You may reschedule your appointment ONCE within the examination window for which you applied at no charge online at www.goAMP.com or by calling AMP at 888-519-9901 at least two business days prior to your scheduled appointment. Each subsequent reschedule must be done within 15 days of the schedule exam and will incur a $125 fee (by credit card only). For further instructions please see the CPH candidate handbook.

What are the exam fees?

Standard registration – $385.00 USD Alumni and students of specific schools and programs may receive a discount on the CPH exam fee. View available discounts.

Is the registration fee refundable?

The registration fee is NOT refundable but it is deferrable. The international exam fee is NOT refundable.

Can I use veterans' benefits for the CPH exam?

Yes. As of November 2009, NBPHE is approved to offer the CPH exam through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans, their eligible dependents, and reservists may qualify for reimbursement of the CPH exam costs through their veteran’s education benefits. For more information, please contact the Veterans Benefits Administration office in your area or visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education Benefits website at: http://www.gibill.va.gov.

Exam Information

The exam consists of 200 questions and you have 4 hours to complete it. All questions on the exam are multiple choice and single-best answer. Some questions are: matching items; part of a series of questions related to a common vignette; and have associated pictorials or charts. View Study Resources.

What can I expect during the exam?

See our CPH candidate handbook for more details about the scheduling and examination process.

Can I retake the CPH exam?

Once you receive your score report, you may reapply online by visiting AMP’s website at www.goAMP.com. Candidates retaking the CPH exam will be charged the appropriate registration fee when registering to retake the exam.

My score report says that I’m “Provisionally Certified.” What does that mean?

NBPHE only certifies graduates or alumni of schools or programs of public health accredited by CEPH. Therefore, your CPH is pending until after your academic institution verifies with the NBPHE that you have completed all requirements for graduation. This will happen electronically between your academic institution and NBPHE. Then you will automatically receive a certificate recognizing your accomplishment and your CPH status will be active.

Will anyone else see my score?

Student and alumni scores are only shared with the academic institution which conferred or will confer candidates’ degree. All successful Certified in Public Health examines are listed on the NBPHE website.

What is the Paper-Based Test Exam Schedule?
Exam DatesLocationRegistration DeadlineFee
May 19, 2017University of OklahomaApril 19, 2017$250.00 USD
May 26, 2017New York UniversityApril 26, 2017$315.00 USD
June 23, 2017University of South FloridaMay 23, 2017$250.00 USD
June 24, 2017University of North TexasMay 24, 2017$250.00 USD
October 20, 2017University of South FloridaSeptember 20, 2017$250.00 USD
November 6, 20172017 APHA Annual MeetingOctober 6, 2017$315.00 USD
United States

AMP testing centers where you can take the exam are located throughout the US. Search for a testing center. In addition, some schools and programs offer paper/pencil exams on campus. Candidates who wish to test in the U.S. territories should select their location from the list under “International only.”

International locations and fees

AMP testing centers where you can take the exam are located throughout in a number of countries outside the U.S. Search for a testing center. An additional fee of $100 is required to sit for the exam outside of the US, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

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