ABOUT CPE

The Computer Professional Examination [CPE] is to provide a platform for continual professional education and interaction in Information Technology, which ensures integrity, confidentiality, and technical expertise in this field.

The examination also gives room to those aspiring to become computer professionals but have not been successful in gaining admission into tertiary institutions. There are other sub-categories which are non-professional, but related to Proficiency and Literacy Certification just like Microsoft Certified System Engineer, Cisco and A++ certification. They include Computer Literacy Certificates and Computer Proficiency Certificates/Diploma in Computer, Computer Desktop Publishing, Website Design, CAD, Computer Programming, Systems Audit, PC Maintenance and Networking.

In order to sustain and improve the competence and skills needed to attain professionalism in the computing, information and telecommunications technology industry in Nigeria, Council has put in place what is known as the Computer Professional Examinations (CPE). The examinations are as follows:

 Pre-Professional Level

1.  Computer Literacy Certificate [CLC]

2.  Computer Users Certificate [CUC]

3.  Computer Affiliate Examination [CAE]

Professional Level 

1.  Computer Foundation Examination [CFE]

2. Computer Professional Examination I [CPE1] 

3. Computer Professional Examination II [CPE2] 

4.  Computer Professional Examination III [CPE3]

QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE AND PLACEMENT

The recognized CPN qualifications are harmonized for the purpose of placement in the formal educational institutions and the Public Service.  This is imperative for promotion and standardization of IT education and practice in Nigeria. 

Qualification and Entry Point into Formal Institutions

The various CPN qualifications provided in Table 1 serve as reference point for formal educational institutions and examination bodies for the purpose of admission and enrolment.

Table 1: Qualification and Entry Point into Formal Institutions 

CPN QUALIFICATIONS

ENTRY POINT INTO FORMAL INSTITUTIONS

1.     User Certificate

SSS 1

2.  Affiliate Certificate

Remedial for SSCE, NTC, NVEC

3. CPE Foundation Certificate

NID1, ANTC1, ND1, NCE1

4. CPE Professional Part 1 (CPEI)

University 200, HND1

5. CPE Professional Part 2 (CPEII)

University 300

6. CPE Professional Part 3 (CPEIII)

Chartered IT Professional (CITP)

                  Qualification and Job Placement 

The various CPN qualifications provided in Table 2 serve as reference point for job placement and remuneration.

Table 2: Placement in Public Service 

CPN QUALIFICATIONS

PLACEMENT IN PUBLIC SERVICE

1.  User Certificate

Artisan III (GL. 03)

2.  Affiliate Certificate

Artisan II (GL. 04)

3. CPE Foundation Certificate

Artisan I (GL. 05)

4. CPE Professional Part 1 (CPEI)

Assistant Technologist II (GL. 06)

5. CPE Professional Part 1 (CPEI) plus 3 years experience

Assistant Technologist I  (GL. 07)

6. CPE Professional Part 2 (CPEII)

Technologist/Graduate IT Professional (GL. 08)

7. CPE Professional Part 2 (CPEII) plus 3 years experience

Associate IT Professional (GL. 09)

8. CPE Professional Part 3 (CPEIII)

Chartered IT Professional (GL. 10)