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Certified Administrative Professional Examination : P-115

Policy/Guideline Area

Personnel Guidelines

Applicable Divisions

TCATs, Community Colleges, System Office


The purpose of this guideline is to establish the process and criteria regarding the Certified Administrative Professional Examination for employees at the Central Office and institutions governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.


  1. Procedure
    1. Employees who work in a clerical-secretarial or clerical-management non-exempt position, as defined by the Human Resource Office at each location, who pass the Certified Administrative Professional Examination (CAP) shall be granted a nine percent (9%) increase in salary.
      1. Employees must contact the institution's Human Resource Office regarding eligibility for the increase.
      2. Exempt employees are not eligible for the increase.
    2. The salary increase shall become effective with the next pay period beginning after the employee's passing grade on the examination is certified by the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
      1. The certification date is on the Candidate Performance Report generated by the IAAP.
      2. It is not the date that the test is administered or the date that the report from IAAP is received.
      3. It is the employee's responsibility to provide the appropriate verification to the Human Resources Office.
    3. An employee must pass the exam sponsored by the International Association of Administrative Professionals in order to receive the 9% increase.
      1. Individuals who previously passed the exam and an increase are not eligible for a subsequent increase for passing the Certified Administrative Professional exam. 



T.C.A. §§ 49-8-203; 8-50-102


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