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A combination of your on-the-job experience and taking advantage of the numerous educational programs and publications offered by industry associations, provide the best preparation for the CTP® Examination.

To increase your chances of passing the CTP Examination, we recommend that you begin your study preparation as soon as practical.

NPTC recommends several programs that are designed to help you prepare for the CTP examination. Note that none of these resources or programs are mandatory.

CTP Study Guides

Available for free download once your Eligibility Application has been accepted.

Private Fleet Management Institute (PFMI)

A weeklong educational program that offers comprehensive instruction, education and activities designed to enhance your understanding of the private fleet management curriculum.

CTP Exam Preparation Workshop

CTP candidates are invited to attend the CTP Exam Preparation workshop. The workshop is a full-day, specialized study group led by NPTC Executive Vice President, Tom Moore, CTP, which reviews the core areas of knowledge covered in the Certified Transportation Professional (CTP) examination. Polish your writing skills, prepare for the case study analysis, network with candidates, and complete a sample multiple choice examination.

Professional Networking

Networking with transportation professionals who have earned the CTP designation. Contact Kristen Todd at and ask for a listing of CTP mentors and/or view online.

Examination Format

To become a CTP, you must pass a two-part examination. Part One consists of short-answer essay questions focusing on the core areas of fleet/transportation management. You will have two hours to complete this part of the examination. In the second part of the CTP Examination, you will be given a case study and asked to submit a written analysis of the problem and your recommendations for solving the problem. You will be given two hours to complete this portion of the examination.

Passing Criteria

To receive the CTP designation, you must successfully pass both parts of the CTP Examination. Both parts of the examination are weighed equally.

Retake Examination

In the event that you do not pass either portion of the CTP Examination, you may retake that particular section(s).

The CTP Retake Examination is offered annually on the second Saturday in March. Upcoming test dates are as follows:

  • March 11, 2023
  • March 9, 2024
  • March 8, 2025

If you do not pass the Retake Examination, both parts must be retaken during the next CTP Examination offered the following February.

What does the exam curriculum include?

The knowledge and skills required to successfully complete the CTP® Examination are determined by the results of a comprehensive job analysis study conducted by The NPTC Institute and for the position of Fleet/Transportation Manager.

The CTP curriculum established through the results of the Job Analysis, utilizing the 48 tasks, includes the following:


  • Establish or manage financial goals, capital investment programs, budgets, and operating plans for transportation operations.
  • Establish or manage a competitive, cost effective transportation operation.
  • Direct or perform daily financial transportation activities.
  • Measure and report financial performance against budget.
  • Recommend allocations and/or adjustments to transportation budgets in response to changing conditions.
  • Develop and implement new methods of cost control.
  • Identify and establish additional revenue generating programs.
  • Select and negotiate with suppliers and develop, award, and administer contracts for transportation operations.
  • Proactively communicate the value and objectives of transportation.
  • Establish financial policies and procedures to ensure alignment between company and transportation objectives.
  • Negotiate equipment and lease prices.


  • Establish performance standards and processes to optimize operations, increase customer satisfaction, and control costs.
  • Implement performance standards and processes for optimizing operations, customer satisfaction, and controlling costs.
  • Evaluate performance standards and processes for optimizing operations, customer satisfaction, and controlling costs.
  • Direct the assignment and scheduling of vehicles, equipment, and personnel for optimal utilization.
  • Establish performance requirements for personnel.
  • Coordinate delivery needs with customer.
  • Explore synergism of Compensated Intercorporate Hauling (CIH).
  • Optimize company fleet and contract carriage relationships.
  • Oversee outsourcing agreements for contracted services.
  • Develop contingency plans to provide services in emergency situations.
  • Evaluate technological advances; acquire and implement.
  • Ensure compliance with tax, licensing, and permitting requirements.
  • Ensure cost effective consumption of fuel.
  • Coordinate transportation activities with other company functions.


  • Establish company environmental, health, and safety policies and standards concerning transportation.
  • Monitor and evaluate safety and environmental programs and training to ensure compliance and effectiveness.
  • Develop and implement safety and environmental programs in conjunction with personnel training.
  • Establish and manage environmental and safety regulations as they apply specifically to the facility.
  • Provide assistance and information to resolve all fleet-related insurance claims such as vehicle accidents, OS (over, shortage, and damage), workers’ compensation, hazardous materials, unemployment, property, etc.

Human Resources

  • Plan staffing needs; hire and assign qualified employees.
  • Train employees on policies and procedures.
  • Monitor and report compliance with policies and procedures.
  • Enforce compliance with policies and procedures.
  • Maintain up-to-date personnel records.
  • Audit driver qualification files.
  • Establish and/or manage and/or negotiate employee compensation, incentive programs, and benefits for union and non-union personnel.
  • Establish and monitor career development path for all personnel.
  • Administer an employee performance evaluation program.
  • Promote a work environment that is conducive to safety, productivity and employee retention.

Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance

  • Establish vehicle and equipment requirements.
  • Develop functional vehicle and equipment specifications in accordance with the company strategic plan.
  • Establish guidelines for the acquisition, replacement, and deployment of vehicles and equipment.
  • Manage the development, implementation, and upgrading of technology used in vehicle and equipment operations.
  • Provide formal guidance on effective vehicle and equipment maintenance.
  • Develop strategic programs to reduce maintenance costs and improve reliability of vehicles and equipment.
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of vehicle and equipment maintenance personnel.
  • Promote coordination between vehicle/equipment manufacturers and suppliers regarding the full range of maintenance-related issues and programs.

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Upcoming Examination Dates and Locations

The CTP® Examination is offered once annually throughout the United States on the second Saturday in February.

Upcoming test dates include the following:

  • February 11, 2023
  • February 10, 2024
  • February 8, 2025

“We have gone from ‘getting it done’ to ‘getting it done better’. Earning my CTP has made a tremendous difference helping make this happen.”

David Barth, CTP
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
CTP Class of 2017

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