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CPWP-M: Taking the Exam

Once an individual is found eligible, APWA shall assess the extent to which the individual is familiar with the Public Works Body of Knowledge and the extent to which the individual’s training and experience have prepared him/her to assume management responsibilities. The assessment shall be based on successful completion of a multiple-choice examination developed for APWA based on a job analysis of public works managers.

CPWP-M logo Exams are computer-based and can be proctored at the candidate's place of employment.
The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions based on the CPWP-M Content Outline.

Preparation for the exam includes review of the CPWP-M Content Outline and Recommended Reading List.

Exam Fees

The exam application fee depends on where the test is administered:
  • Place of employment administration $500 USD
  • Testing Center administration $550 USD + Testing Center's fees
  • Record & Review Proctoring $550 USD
For questions about exam administration, review the FAQs.


Exam Application

Select your desired exam date (must fall within one of the testing blocks), complete the Exam Application   and email to or mail prior to the deadline noted beside the testing date you have chosen.