Program Objective and Description

Since postsecondary instructors are hired to teach adults in a wide variety of settings, many of which do not require them to bring formal academic preparation as a teacher, most of these instructors must learn how to teach on the job. Some may learn how to teach through participation in a formal faculty development program. Others may learn how to teach by taking online courses or reading and applying what they’ve read on their own. It doesn’t matter how instructors learn the “basics” of teaching, as long as they learn them.

So how does the world know that a subject expert has learned enough to be a good teacher? The CPI test is designed to assess that, no matter how you learned it.

For the last few years, academic institutions from across the United States have asked to produce an examination that would help them to separate these two groups. They wanted a test that assessed the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to teach any subject at the postsecondary level, regardless of the discipline being taught. In answer to those requests, it’s produced the Certified Postsecondary Instructor® examination. The CPI exam was designed to insure that instructors understand basic concepts of adult education, and have the specific skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate learning in a post-secondary environment.


What will be on the CPI Exam?


CPI Exam Content Grid* Categories 

Mean % of test questions per category 

Education Theory


Planning & Strategies


Classroom Skills




Mean % of test questions by level



Education Theory: The CPI candidate must know basics of instructional methods.

Planning & Strategies: The CPI candidate must know how to plan and design instruction.

Classroom Skills: The CPI candidate must know how to deliver instruction in the classroom; that is, the instructor needs to know how to create and maintain a learning climate that supports the learners’ abilities to achieve the intended learning outcomes.

Assessment: The CPI candidate must know how to evaluate, monitor, and improve all aspects of learning.


Job opportunities

Demand for professionals with Teachers skills will continue to grow as technology evolves. From 2016 to 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a faster-than-average growth rate of 1.63% for Vocational Education Teachers Postsecondary, and Mean Wage of $23.62/hour and Entry Wage of $15.07/hour


Our Certified Postsecondary Instructor training tuition is affordable and flexible so you get to decide on a payment option that works for you. Are you ready to launch your career as a Certified Postsecondary Instructor? Get started immediately and you could graduate in as few as six months

Payment options

Our programs are flexible and so are our payment options. Choose the one that works best for you.

Interested in learning more?

If you want to find out more about the program or talk about the payment options available to you, get in touch with us at 786-360-2666 or request information online.

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