Certified Public Pension Trustee (CPPT) Designation

The GAPPT Certified Public Pension Trustee (CPPT) program provides consistent, regimented training to ensure public pension trustees have the knowledge necessary to confidently address the challenges they face. By participating in the program, trustees gain an understanding of a wide range of topics related to the public pension industry. GAPPT education event sessions also specifically address tissues related to the public retirement sector.

The CPPT Program is offered at the annual GAPPT Trustee School and is comprised of a Basic, Advanced, and Continuing Education Course. 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). CPPT certification runs from April 1st to March 31st, and designees must complete eight (8) Continuing Education Units annually to maintain their certification.

Download the Certified Public Pension Trustee Brochure HERE.

CPPT recertification fees are paid during the membership renewal process. An additional CPPT CEU Verification Form will need to be submitted by the individual designee


2019 CPPT Certification Renewal

Please see below for FAQs about the 2019 recertification process. Members may also contact Sue Reynolds at [email protected] for more information.

2019 Due Dates and Requirements

When can I renew my certification? The 2019 CPPT renewal process will begin in November 2018. An email reminder will be sent to all current CPPT designees during the renewal period. 

Who is required to submit a CPPT CEU Verification Form? All CPPT designees who passed their Advanced Test in March 2018 or before.

What is required? All active CPPT designees must complete the CPPT CEU Verification Form attesting they received eight (8) hours of CEU credits at a GAPPT event. A $30.00 recertification fee is also required. For 2019 recertification, only CEU hours obtained at the Ninth Annual Conference (Savannah - 2018) or the Sixth Annual Trustee School (Athens - 2019) will be accepted.

How do I pay my recertification fees? Annual recertification fees are paid during the membership renewal process. If you are a Plan Sponsor member, please ensure your organization's "Key Member" is aware you will need to renew your CPPT recertification.

Why do I need to submit a separate form? All CPPT designees must individually attest to their Continuing Education Units (CEU). Forms can be scanned and emailed to [email protected] or mailed to P.O. Box 468447, Atlanta, GA 31146.

I just recently submitted my 2018 Recertification Form. Do I need to complete another form for 2019?  Yes. This will ensure your CPPT certification does not lapse on March 31, 2019.

What if I miss the March 31, 2019 deadline? Your CPPT designation will lapse. Lapsed participants have the opportunity to renew their CPPT designation until December 31, 2019, but will need to obtain a total of twelve (12) CEU credits, as well as pay an additional fee.

As a lapsed designee, what if I miss the December 31, 2019 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.

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