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Prepare to take the CPCE Exam with NACE

To achieve the CPCE credential, past candidates have followed the regimen outlined below:

Step 1: Learn more about the CPCE Exam

Achievement of the CPCE designation demonstrates expertise in catering and events and is earned by taking a comprehensive examination that covers the core competencies of the industry:

The CPCE exam consists of 175 multiple choice questions and must be completed in 2.5 hours. A score of 70% or higher is passing.

For more information, please review the exam content outline

Step 2: Develop your CPCE Study Plan

Led by industry thought-leaders who guide you through the ins and outs of catering and event management, the CPCE Fast Track offerings are designed to prepare you for the CPCE exam.

All Fast Track options give candidates 8 contact hours toward exam eligibility:

  • The Fast Track Online offers self-study materials including access to trainer-led videos covering each CPCE core competency and sample quizzes.
  • The Fast Track Live is offered as a live seminar at several industry conferences including NACE’s Experience and other industry events. 

Need more credits to obtain your CPCE? We have upcoming events and online offerings available to you.

Step 3: Gather CPCE Study Resources

Recommended Study Books

Additional Resources
Browse our online courses and visit the NACE store and for additional study resources to help prepare to help you prepare for the exam.

Step 4: Take the Exam

Upon application approval, an online exam date may be scheduled for a time and place that works for both the candidate and volunteer exam proctor. CPCE Volunteer Exam Proctor Guidelines may be viewed here.

Contact cpce@nace.net with questions.

“Earning the CPCE designation helped me to work my way up the corporate ladder when I worked in the hotel industry.”
Dianna K. Shitanishi, CPCE, CMP
Hawaii Weddings and Events

Curious if the CPCE is right for you? Contact our CPCE Concierge today to get the advice you need to get started.

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