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Why must the best jobs in Private Equity always go to graduates from premier business and finance schools? CPEP elevates your knowledge and employer-appeal and brings you up to the same high level that top PE and VC firms expect. CPEP accelerates career growth of professionals already working in the private equity space. And better still, it prepares graduating finance, accounting and business students best for quick, impressive starts to their careers in this industry.

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CPEP Program Fee: $ 775 USD

This is a one-time fee which covers the USPEC exam, learning resources, credential kit, and all material shipping costs. This fee does not include special local taxes, duties, and levies etc., which may be applicable in the receiver’s/ consignee’s/ applicant’s country.

Note : This fee may change without notice and does not include the training fee charged by training companies, universities, or institutions who offer exam-preparation training for USPEC exams.

USPEC is a standards and credentialing body and is not responsible for training delivery, and neither controls, nor is concerned with any aspect of training/ education. USPEC does not govern, mandate, or control the training/ program fee charged for the CPEP™ Program by any training company or education provider.


The CPEP program efficiently tops-up your current qualification in business, finance, accounting or investment management for smoothing your entry and growth in the private equity and venture capital industry. It helps bright applicants from remote parts of the world overcome a pedigree disadvantage, and places them in the same job market where professionals from bigger institutions vie for the best PE jobs. Among the most esteemed global PE qualifications around, the CPEP ratifies and stamps best your potential and promise of handling even the most complex of roles and assignments in the private equity industry.


The rigorous USPEC IFIS body of knowledge underlying the CPEP program governs and controls the exam content, policies and credentialing mechanism to ensure that individuals qualifying the CPEP program are indeed, most thorough in their knowledge and skills and are fit to hit the ground running for achieving extraordinary results for their organizations. You can register for CPEP anywhere you may be in the world, and take your exam right in your city.

CPEP - The Power of Insight

CPEP stands tall as an industry-focused qualification primarily because it has been insightfully developed after extensive research and consultations with dozens of experienced and accomplished PE experts from around the world, including chief investment officers, principal partners, fund managers and investment principals - the same people who eventually hire talents for their PE firms.

Indeed, comprehensive and insightful USPEC IFIS framework ensures CPEP professionals have been proven profession-ready because they have qualified the exam that covers the more advanced technical, managerial and decision aspects of private equity business and functions.

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All-Inclusive Package

Latest books, anywhere exam-taking facility, digital badge, printed certificate, lapel pin and shipping of all material - everything is included in the registration package of the CPEP program.

  • Learning Resources

    All participants of the CPEP™ program get study and exam-preparation resources containing the Mastering Private Equity Handbook and the Private Equity Casebook. These are the flagship learning and exam preparation resources containing exclusive content written for easy comprehension covering all dimensions of private equity knowledge. In addition, all participants are also provided access to online resources to learn the latest in the field and also practice applying important frameworks and concepts. No additional fee is charged for the learning resources from any participant.

  • Anywhere Exam Facility

    The exam can be taken by participants anywhere they wish to – home or office – once they are ready for exams and registered on ExamStrong – the revolutionary remote-proctored online exam platform. Exam fee is included in the registration package, so no additional fee is to be paid.

  • Printed Certificates & Lapel Pin

    Participants who qualify their exam get printed certificates shipped to them in a special box containing a lapel badge/ pin to be worn on a jacket or a shirt-top.

  • Shipping

    The first-time shipping of books, kits, certificates is covered under the program fee. Replacements, duplicates etc., will be shipped on charges as applicable, however.

The books, learning kit, certificates etc., shown here in the image are only for illustration, and their design, colors etc., may change without notice. The certificate and the designation pin are awarded only after the passing of the exam. The notebook/ laptop and the ipad/ tablet featured in the image are just to illustrate the digital inclusions in the package, and not included in the registration package for any individual.

CPEP Candidacy

Individuals already holding a Master's qualification or an MBA in finance/ accounting/ Financial Analysis or in any discipline related to capital markets, investment management, finance or accounting can apply for CPEP. Individuals studying for a Master's or MBA in USPEC-affiliated or recognized institution/ university/ b-school can also apply for CPEP. A basic understanding of the concepts of funding, banking, corporate finance, investments, capital markets, accounting, entrepreneurship, and business is desirable The following are the most popular entry-tracks in CPEP.

  • Track 1:

    MBA/ Master’s in Finance with at least two years of work experience

  • Track 2:

    A Bachelor’s qualification with a major in Finance with at least three years of work experience

  • Track 3:

    Students of MBA/ Master’s (Finance) programs in business schools, institutions and universities accredited and recognized by USPEC

  • Track 4:

    Currently working in any of the finance sub-functions with a bachelor's degree and an active credential by CFA, FRM, or any other global certification body recognized by USPEC

Getting the CPEP - A Preview of the Journey

There are six distinct stages of your journey toward becoming a CPEP. Here's what these stages look like. Of course, we've just tried to take you through a quick tour, so many of the details may be missing. You may Contact Us for more information.


How to Apply

Check Eligibility Requirements
Fill Online Application
Learning Resource
Taking the USPEC Exam


USPEC Exam Aims & Design

Structure of Assessments

CPEP Assignment Assessments

Exam Curriculum

Exam Questions

Preparing for the Exam

Qualifying for the CPEP Program


CPEP Qualification Continuation Policy - 2021

Business, environment and technology change faster today. Hence, your CPEP qualification requires refreshing every three years to stay in sync with the latest professional knowledge and practices in the Private Equity discipline. Your CPEP dashboard will have all information on what to read and the other steps you have to take to keep your knowledge and skills current and continue your qualification.


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The Digitally Badged CPEP™

The CPEP™ is digitally badged by CredBadge, using its secure, proprietary badging technology.

The CPEP™ not only maximizes your profile visibility through social sharing, but it also adds distinction to your profile, being individually verifiable by a prospective employer or client.


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