About CPII

The purpose of the Public Infrastructure Inspector Certification is to promote quality infrastructure throughout the community by advancing the knowledge and practice of construction inspection to benefit the community and public agencies.

The Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector certification program is intended for individuals who inspect the construction of public infrastructure (e.g., roadways, highways, utilities, bridges, dams) and facilities (e.g., pump stations, treatment plants, water storage facilities) and other types of construction work and materials to ensure compliance with plans and specifications. Duties may include observation, measurement, testing, and documentation.

CPII Certification Spotlight On:

Travis W. Hart, CPII, Public Works Superintendent, City of Malibu, California:

“I wanted to obtain the CPII because it is a nationally recognized certification that covers a vast array of public works expertise and knowledge.”

Step 1: Eligibility and Verification

Eligibility and Verification Requirements

To demonstrate eligibility, applying candidates must document compliance with the following requirements:

  • Completion of one of the following education and work experience pathways:
  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Minimum of five years of public infrastructure inspection field experience

Eligibility Application Fee

Eligibility Application Form

Complete the Eligibility Application and save the PDF document. Email the completed digital version to certification@apwa.org.

NOTE: This form utilizes a tool for electronic signatures. If you do not have a digital signature file set up or have forgotten the password for your digital signature file, you can select the "new ID" option, then click on "A new digital ID I want to create now" and on next screen select "New PKCS#12 digital ID file," then fill in the applicable fields (can skip organization unit and organization name if desired) and click "set up."

Step 2: Taking the Exam


Exams are administered computer-based directly to the candidate at their place of employment or a testing center of their choosing. The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions based on the CPII Content Outline. Candidates are given a maximum of 3.5 hours to complete the exam.

Preparation for the exam includes:

  • CPII Content Outline
  • CPII References
Exam Fee:
  • Place of employment administration: $300 USD
  • Testing Center administration: $300 USD + testing center fees

For questions about exam administration, review the Certification Exam FAQs.

CPII Content Outline
CPII Preparation Resources

Exam Application

Select your desired exam date (must fall within one of the testing blocks listed on the 2023 Exam Schedule, complete the Exam Application and email to certification@apwa.org or mail to APWA, Attention: Certification, 1200 Main Street, Suite 1400 Kansas City, MO 64105 at least 30 days prior to your preferred exam date.

2023 Exam Dates

All exam applications must be received at least 30 days prior to the preferred testing date.

Step 3: Navigating Certification & Re-certification

Congratulations! Earning your CPII is a significant achievement.

Share Your Success

  • Add your credential and the CPII logo to your name and signature on email, business cards, social media, and your LinkedIn profile
  • Share your accomplishment on social media using the following hashtags:
    • #GetCertified
    • #APWACertification
    • #RecertifyToday
  • Send a press release
  • Write an article or record a testimonial – Contact the Certification Team to learn more.

Network With Your Peers

Get Recertified

Your certification is valid for 5 years. To maintain your certification, you must complete a minimum of 50 credits earned through a combination of continuing education and contributions to the profession. Here are just a few suggestions:

Useful Forms

  • Track your progress: Recertification Tracking Sheet 
  • Submit your application: Recertification Application Form 
  • Content Areas must link back: CPFP Content Outline 
  • Recertification Guidelines 
  • Pre-approved CEU options

Recertification Application Fee

Questions About the Certification Programs?

Reach out to the Certification team at certification@apwa.org or by phone at 800-848-2792.