Certified Public Pension Trustee (CPPT) Designation

The GAPPT Certified Public Pension Trustee (CPPT) program provides consistent, regimented, and unbiased training to ensure public retirement system fiduciaries have the knowledge necessary to confidently address the challenges they face. By participating in the program, fiduciaries gain an understanding of a wide range of topics related to the public retirement system industry. 

The CPPT Program is offered at the annual GAPPT Trustee School and is comprised Basic and Advanced Courses. To enroll in the Advanced Course, a participant must have successfully completed and passed (70% or greater) the Basic Course examination in the last two (2) years. Upon the successful completion of their Advanced Course exam, a participant is designated as a GAPPT Certified Public Pension Trustee. CPPT certification runs from April 1st to March 31st, and designees must complete eight (8) Continuing Education Credit (CEC) annually to maintain their certification. CE credits are obtained by attending the Continuing Education Course at the Trustee School or sessions at the Annual Conference.

Download the Certified Public Pension Trustee Brochure HERE.


2020 CPPT Recertification - Frequently Asked Questions

UPDATE: Due to the cancellation of the Eleventh Annual Conference, (March 23-36, 2020 - St. Simons Island), CPPT expiration dates will be extended to September 30, 2020.

Who needs to renew their CPPT certification? All CPPT designees who passed their Advanced Test in March 2019 or before.

Since the Eleventh Annual Conference was cancelled, what GAPPT events count toward 2020 recertification? CECs earned at the Tenth Annual Conference (September 16-19, 2019 - Lake Lanier Islands) and the Seventh Annual Trustee School (September 21-23, 2020 - Macon) will be accepted for 2020 recertification.

Can I earn my CEC credits through GAPPT online education? Absolutely! Currently, we have 4.5 CECs available online. Additional sessions will be added in May 2020. Learn more about GAPPT online education HERE.

Are other organization's hours (or participation in a vendor's "educational" session) accepted? No. Only credits obtained at a GAPPT event or through the GAPPT online platform may be used for recertification purposes.

When did the 2020 recertification process begin? The 2020 CPPT recertification process began at the Tenth Annual Conference and is open until September 30, 2020. 

What is required? After attending a GAPPT educational event, CPPT designees must complete the an online CEC Submission Form attesting to at least eight (8) earned CECs. (A CEC Submission form is not necessary for online education.) A $30.00 recertification fee is also required.

How do I complete the CEC Submission Form?  Complete the 2019 Conference CEC Submission Form HERE. The 2020 Trustee School CEC Submission Form will be available on September 21, 2020.

What is the Continuing Education website feature? Members can now view and download a transcript listing their attended GAPPT sessions and corresponding continuing education credits/hours. Learn more about this feature HERE.

How are recertification fees paid? Annual recertification fees were automatically added to 2020 membership renewal invoices.

What if I miss the new September 30, 2020 deadline? Your CPPT designation will lapse. Lapsed participants have the opportunity to renew their CPPT designation until December 31, 2020, but will need to obtain a total of twelve (12) CE credits and pay an additional fee.

As a lapsed designee, what if I miss the December 31, 2020 late deadline? Your CPPT designation will expire. Participants with expired CPPT designations must retake the CPPT Advanced Test to regain their certification. The Advanced Test is only administered at the Annual GAPPT Trustee School.

How do I check the status of my CPPT Certification and confirm I have submitted the necessary requirements? CPPT status and a listing of submitted requirements, (CPPT recertification fees and submitted forms), are included on a member's profile page. Learn more about how to navigate the website HERE.


For questions and additional information, please contact Merry Cella at [email protected] or Sue Reynolds at [email protected].