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Become a CEP

Be part of the exciting world of equity compensation. CEPs have:

  • exCEPtional SKILLS

  • exCEPtional Knowledge

  • exCEPtional Training

Be exCEPtional!

The CEP designation demonstrates that you are an expert in the equity compensation field. It gives you, and your employer, confidence in your skills, abilities and knowledge.


Carole Payne, CEP
“The CEP certification has enhanced my performance and credibility at my company while giving me greater confidence in my abilities.”
CAROLE PAYNE, CEP, NETFLIX, INC

Since 1989, the Certified Equity Professional Institute has focused on the needs of the equity compensation industry. The CEPI provides the expertise required for designing, managing and administering equity compensation plans. The CEPI offers the only internationally recognized designation for equity compensation professionals. Combined with its relevant industry research, professional development opportunities and extensive networking connections, the CEPI is an essential resource for all equity compensation professionals. 

What is a CEP?

Much of equity compensation covers activities that are performed by multiple individuals in various departments. Without a single point of contact to coordinate, communicate, and maintain internal controls, equity plan administration ends up being disorganized, and record keeping incomplete. Potentially serious consequences will result.

The CEP designee is an experienced stock plan professional who can serve as a liaison between all internal and external constituencies, with a complete understanding of the interrelated responsibilities of each.

Earning the CEP designation demonstrates that you are an expert in the equity compensation field. It gives you, and your employer, confidence in your skills, abilities and knowledge.

Curriculum

The CEP designation provides the highest industry standard for knowledge in comprehensive equity compensation matters. Our self-study curriculum covers Accounting, Corporate and Securities Law, Equity Plan Design, Analysis, and Administration, and Taxation.

CEP Exams

The certification requires three exams: basic (Level I), intermediate (Level II), and advanced (Level III). CEP Exams are offered twice a year—in June and November—and questions are based on readings from self-study.

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