RPS Registered Professional Secretary ™

The RPS Registered Professional Secretary™  certification is a gold standard professional credential that demonstrates the attainment of a defined level of knowledge in secretarial management, professional practice, and ethical behavior. It forms the basis of the assessment that applicants must pass to gain Registered Professional Secretary status and inclusion in the Register of The American Academy of Project Management® Certified / Chartered Professional. An individual with several years of experience in secretarial management is encouraged to acquire this certification. A Guide book “The Registered Professional Secretary” shall assist candidates to pass in the Registered Professional Secretary examination besides providing a valuable source of reference for an individual to excel toward becoming an accredited Registered Professional Secretary. Take the challenges ahead with the exclusive Registered Professional Secretary ™ certification.

Requirements:   i)  Diploma / Degree          ii) 3+ years experience in secretarial management           iii)  Pass the Registered Professional Secretary examination 

How Do I Become a Registered Professional Secretary?

You must have administrative work experience and pass an examination in order to become a Registered Professional Secretary. The AAPM specifies that all work experience must be from the past three years. The minimum amount of experience required depends on your level of education; to be eligible to take the RPS examination, you must have completed:

  • Four years of administrative experience if you do not have a college degree / diploma
  • Three years of experience if you have a Diploma associated with secretarial management
  • Two years of experience if you have a Bachelor’s degree

HOW TO APPLY: To qualify for the Registered Professional Secretary ™ (RPS) certification, you need to complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the Mandatory Candidate Information (MCI) 
  2. Complete the payment upon receipt of the invoice
  3. Take the exam when you’re ready

Examination: email to request the examination questions when you are ready to take the exam.    Examination comprised of 50 questions; Passing grade is 70%.   

Course fee:   Includes Registered Professional Secretary  certificate, AAPM membership certificate, examination fee, and shipping. 

Mandatory Candidate Information : please include the Title of the Certification Course that you wish to apply in the subject line when submitting the following information and attach a latest copy of your C.V. email to certification@gafm.com.my 

Full Name, Shipping address, Name to print on certificate,  Mobile number

How Will My Career Benefit from the RPS Designation? 

The RPS designation signifies to employers that you are a top-level administrative professional who is experienced and competent in the field. Becoming certified will likely help you obtain higher-level positions, like an office manager or an executive secretary. Additionally, improving your professional qualifications will help to increase your salary.  

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