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Certified Equity Professional Institute

Equity Compensation is an Integral Part of Silicon Valley's Legacy and Future

The Certified Equity Professional Institute provides self-paced study programs to assist you in demonstrating your equity compensation knowledge. We offer two professional designations—Certified Equity Professional and Equity Compensation Associate. Distinguish yourself by becoming an expert in equity compensation!


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Becoming an Equity Compensation Associate demonstrates that you have a fundamental knowledge of equity compensation, while becoming a Certified Equity Professional demonstrates that you have a deep knowledge of all aspects of equity compensation, including equity plan design, analysis, and administration. You must earn an ECA to be eligible for the CEP Exams.

The Certified Equity Professional Institute (CEPI) at Santa Clara University is the only certification body for equity compensation professionals. The curriculum focuses on the core disciplines of equity compensation:

  • Accounting
  • Equity Plan Design
  • Analysis and Administration
  • Corporate and Securities Law
  • Taxation

Candidates can elect to complete just the first level of the program - resulting in the ECA designation, or to continue on for the remaining two levels, at which point they will have earned the CEP designation. The CEP designation is granted to individuals who have passed all three exams, and have demonstrated mastery of equity compensation related issues in all of the core disciplines.

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2024 CEPI and Silicon Valley NASPP Symposium

Registration is now open for the 20th Annual CEPI & Silicon Valley NASPP Symposium!

Join us as we celebrate the 20th Annual Symposium. Don't miss our educational and networking event, promising an exceptional experience. With a stellar lineup of speakers discussing hot topics in equity compensation, along with fun activities, this year's Symposium marks a milestone worth celebrating!

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GPS Research Publications

The CEPI provides unbiased guidance and resources for issuers, service providers and auditors. These research efforts build the GPS library.

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If you are a current ECA/CEP who'd like to share your story, we'd love to hear from you. We are excited to be sharing your stories on the CEPI LinkedIn page and would love to hear a bit about how the CEPI has helped you throughout your journey.

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