How to get the CBP exam, a must-pass requirement for anyone seeking a job, has been put on hold after the government said the test could become “unnecessary” as more states prepare to administer it.
The new exam, called the Advanced CBP Certification Examination (ACCE), is designed to be a comprehensive assessment of people who have a good understanding of the rules, procedures and requirements for the use of CBP, but not the actual content of the exam.
Under the new exam the questions could be revised or expanded to address a range of issues, such as:The exam will take place April 23 through April 27, 2018, and the government will also conduct a new version of the test, which will be more accurate.
The new exam will be administered in-person and by email.
The decision comes after Congress passed a bipartisan bill in September that would expand the CBPA exam to include those who already hold a valid job offer, which would allow the government to give an “accurate” assessment of those who have already taken the test.
In an effort to combat the exam’s perceived unfairness, the bill included a provision to require the government, in its assessment of job candidates, to take into account the content of candidates’ answers, including questions that are not answered in the test and questions that “could be more easily addressed in the written exam.”
In an email, a CBP spokeswoman said, “As of the date of the bill signing, we have determined that our analysis of the CBPS Exam is robust enough that it is not necessary to conduct an update to our exam.”
The government will still use the CBPE exam in some cases, including those that require a college degree, and in the future, CBAP certification candidates who do not hold a U.S. college or university degree will also be required to take the exam, the spokeswoman said.
“While we have made progress, we remain committed to our goal of ensuring that candidates who have an excellent understanding of CBPA will be able to secure a job in our government,” she said.