To take the examination you must submit by the appropriate deadline:

  • a completed application,
  • two letters of reference, and
  • the appropriate application and examination fees.

The CTAA National Certification Council will evaluate your application and notify you of your eligilibility to take the examination

How will I know if I passed the exam?

There are six sections to the exam, each of which contains objective questions and an essay. In order to be certified as a CTPA, the applicant must receive a passing score in each of the six areas.

Members of CTAA's National Certification Council will score the examinations. Examinees will be notified within 90 days as to whether they have passed the exam.

Applicants are allowed one additional opportunity to retake any section(s) of the exam for which they originally fail to receive a passing grade. These re-takes must take place within 18 months of the date the original exam is taken. The examination fee covers one re-take per applicant. Each time the examination is given, it may contain different questions within the same categories.


The fee schedule for the Transit Programs Administrator Certification Program is as follows:

CTAA Members


Application fee (non-refundable)



Examination fee



Total Fee



The examination fee allows each applicant to take the full examination once and, if necessary, to re-take (once) the sections not passed on the first attempt. If the applicant does not pass the exam after the re-take, he or she must re-apply and re-submit the appropriate fees. The application fee is non-refundable; the examination fee will be refunded if the National Certification Council determines that the applicant does not qualify to take the exam.

Checks should be made payable to "CTAA Certification Program" and sent along with the application form to:

Transit Program Administrator Certification Program
c/o CTAA
1341 G Street, N.W., 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

CTAA also accepts Visa and Mastercard.

Further Information

CTPA Certification Program
1341 G Street.N.W. 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

Telephone: 202.415.9653
800.891.0590 x705
fax: 202.737.9197
email: zeilinger@ctaa.org or cahill@ctaa.org.

Get the CTPA Application Package

Len Cahill
Telephone: 202.415.9653
800.891.0590 x705
fax: 202.737.9197