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A NAP Certification is granted when an individual has demonstrated his/her knowledge and abilities relevant to the information and computer industries. Each candidate is reviewed by a member of the NAP Certification Board to ensure that the member has met certain requirements and merits certification. Not all certified members are programmers. Some are consultants, developers, students and others in the computer/IT industry.

Certified NAP members represent an elite group who are dedicated to pride and professionalism and perform their duties pursuant to the NAP Professional Code of Ethics.

Certified members are entitled to use the "NAPC" designation in their titles.

Certifications are not given, they are earned.

Certification Benefits

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Certification Requirements

NAP's minimum criteria for certification was established by NAP's Certification Board whose mission is to certify candidates based upon the candidate's experience, knowledge and/or education. This may include such non-traditional sources as self-taught programming languages and/or self-study guides. The basic minimum requirements for NAP Certification include, but are not limited to, any one of the following or combinations thereof:

NAP reserves the right to investigate any and all claims made on your portfolio submission to ensure its accuracy and completeness.

As you acquire more skills and experience, you always have the option of updating your portfolio. NAP strongly encourages Certified members seek continuing education.

Certification Portfolio

Candidates for NAP Certification may be required to submit a portfolio to be reviewed by the NAP Certification Board. This portfolio will contain the following:

Candidates will submit their portfolios and any pertinent documentation on-line, by postal mail or email. Certifications and awards must be documented. A copy of the certification or award is acceptable.

The Certification Board will evaluate all information in determining eligibility for certification. The Board may request additional information prior to granting certification. Additional information submitted at Board request is not considered a resubmission.


If a candidate is denied certification, regular membership shall be granted. Candidates denied certification may resubmit their portfolios upon meeting the requirements for certification. Re-submissions shall be assessed an additional fee.

The Certification Board will grant or deny certification based entirely upon the information contained in your portfolio. Any information you feel would be helpful in determining your eligibility should be included. Items to include would be a degree from any college or university, other courses completed, certifications and/or awards you have earned (MCSE, CNA, etc.) and languages you have learned. All information must be dated.

Please be comprehensive about your education and work histories and please feel free to expand upon these. Instead of just saying you are a "programmer," explain what kind of programming you do. If you consult, explain what you consult and your typical clientele. Successful candidates must be able to demonstrate their skills and abilities.

The Certification Summary should briefly describe the overall portfolio and why you feel you should be granted certification. If you have information that doesn't fit anywhere else, include it in the summary.

The more complete and comprehensive your portfolio, the better your chances are for being granted certification.

Certified NAP candidates must agree to abide by the NAP Professional Code of Ethics.