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To earn the Certified Enterprise Risk Professional (CERP) designation, candidates must:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements;
  • Submit completed application and fees for desired exam date;
  • Pass the CERP examination.


You must meet the following eligibility requirements by the time that you take the exam. ABA will accept your application with education/training that is scheduled to be completed by your exam date.

ABA certifications are based on U.S. laws and regulations and are therefore not offered outside the U.S.

Experience Tiers

The educational requirements to qualify for certification vary on the number of years of experience you have in the field. 

  • 5 years of financial industry work experience, 3 years of which are working directly in a risk management role or other closely-related role, AND
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher

7 years of financial industry work experience, 5 years of which are working directly in a risk management role or other closely-related role

Professional Experience

Risk Management or closely-related roles.

Included Job RolesExcluded Job Roles
  • Analyst
  • Specialist
  • Manager
  • Director
  • Officer
  • Auditor
  • Consultant
  • Federal/State Examiner

Roles should concentrate in one or more of the following risk functions: 

  • ERM, Governance
  • Operational Risk (IT Security, Vendor Risk, Model Risk, Financial Crimes)
  • Compliance Risk
  • Credit Risk, Market/Liquidity Risk, Treasury Risk
  • Strategic/Reputation Risk
  • Legal
  • Audit
  • Consumer or Commercial lender
  • Underwriter
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Physical security / Safety / Business Continuity
  • Collections
  • Risk Management Coordinator (With other non-risk management responsibilities)
  • General Project Manager (Overseeing other non-risk management projects)

Ethics Statement

Each candidate must sign ABA Professional Certifications' Code of Ethics statement. Please note: you must furnish all pertinent information about any convictions or pleas of nolo contendere on the grounds of fraud, embezzlement, unfair or deceptive practices, securities law violations, misappropriation of property, fraudulent conversions or any civil or administrative action from which you have been previously found liable.

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