Certified Public Pension Trustee (CPPT) Designation

The GAPPT Certified Public Pension Trustee (CPPT) program provides consistent, regimented, and unbiased 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. 

The CPPT Program is offered at the annual GAPPT Trustee School and is comprised of a Basic and Advanced 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 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.

CPPT recertification fees are paid during the membership renewal process. An additional online Continuing Education Credit (CEC) Submission Form will need to be submitted by the individual designee


2020-2021 CPPT Recertification - Frequently Asked Questions

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

What GAPPT events count toward 2020-2021 recertification? CE credits earned at the Tenth Annual Conference (September 16-19, 2019 - Lake Lanier Islands) and the Eleventh Annual Conference (March 23-26, 2020 - St. Simons Island) will be accepted for 2020-2021 recertification.

When does the recertification process begin? The 2020-2021 CPPT recertification process will begin at the Tenth Annual Conference and is open until March 31, 2020. An email reminder will be sent to CPPT designees during the renewal period. 

What is required? All active CPPT designees must complete the new online CEC Submission Form attesting to at least eight (8) earned CE credits. A $30.00 recertification fee is also required.

What is the new online CEC Submission Form? To allow members the ability to track their CE credits, (and make the recertification process easier), the form will now be available online. The new CEC Submission Form will also list individual event sessions and their corresponding CE credits. The Annual Conference version will be available online before September 16, 2019.

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

How are recertification fees paid? Annual recertification fees are automatically added to membership renewal invoices. If you are a Plan Sponsor member, please ensure your organization's "Key Member" is aware you need to renew your CPPT recertification.

I submitted a form after attending the 2019 Trustee School. Do I need to complete the 2020-2021 CEC Submission Form? Yes. This will ensure your CPPT certification does not lapse on March 31, 2020.

What if I miss the March 31, 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, as well as 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 CPPT requirements, (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 Sue Reynolds at [email protected].