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What is the CGBP exam?

The NASBITE CGBP is a 165 question, multiple choice exam. Only 150 of the 165 question count towards your exam score. Multiple versions of the exam exist. All questions address task and knowledge components found in the CGBP Practice Delineation. The time allowed to take the exam is three hours, though candidates should plan on spending 3.5 to 4 hours at the test center.

When is the exam offered?

Please click here to view exam windows and registration deadlines.

Where is the exam offered?

The exam is offered at Prometric Testing centers with locations around the world. Click here to find a testing center near you.

Can I view sample questions?

Please click here to view sample CGBP exam questions.

Is there an exam study guide available?

Please click here to view the exam study guide.

Does NASBITE endorse or recommend a study text?

Currently NASBITE International endorses one text for exam preparation. Click here to view and purchase the recommended text.

NASBITE International is currently reviewing additional texts for endorsement. If you have study materials that you would like NASBITE International to endorse as approved study materials, please contact us at or 216-802-3381.

Accredited training programs and Certified Trainers are available in many states for in person training as well as convenient on line training. Please click the links above to find an accredited training program or certified trainer.

Is there a practice exam available?

NASBITE International provides a full practice exam through an outside vendor. The practice exam cost is $50 and can be accessed by clicking here.

I have registered to take the CGBP exam on the NASBITE website, what happens next?

Once registration for your exam window has closed, candidate information is verified and submitted to the exam provider. In approximately two weeks prior to the opening of the exam window for which you are registered you will receive an authorization to test (ATT) letter via email. This letter will provide detailed instructions on how to proceed to the Prometric website to choose a location as well as a specific day and time during the exam window for which you are registered to test. There are no further steps to take until you receive your authorization to test letter. 

Access to the NASBITE website will be limited to general browsing.  Candidates will not have access to their individual profiles until they have successfully passed the exam.

What trade skills are certified and at what depth?

The NASBITE CGBP certifies that a candidate is competent in the following four primary domains:

1. Global Business Management

2. Global Marketing

3. Supply Chain Management

4. Trade Finance

Within each area are the following five "Threads", which cross all four areas listed above:

1. Documentation

2. Legal and Regulatory Compliance

3. Intercultural Awareness

4. Technology

5. Resources

Within each of these areas and threads, there are tasks and knowledge statements tested through the CGBP exam.

Click here to access the NASBITE CGBP Practice Delineation.

Who is a suitable candidate for the credential?

The CGBP is designed to meet the needs of individuals working in the profession or studying for a career related to global commerce. Candidates from both small and large companies will benefit as will students in two or four year degree programs. The credential is also suitable for individuals working in trade assistance organizations, trade promotion agencies, and related educational institutions.

 What are the benefits from achieving CGBP credential?

Candidates receiving the NASBITE CGBP designation may use the credential logo and wordmark on resumes and business cards identifying them to employers and the public as individuals proficient in global commerce. For companies, the credential establishes a professional development goal for current and future employees. The credential also helps individuals diversify their skills in global commerce and assure they understand a broad range of topics rather than just the specific field within international trade that they have experienced.

What is required to achieve certification?

To receive the NASBITE CGBP designation a candidate must pass the CGBP exam and have completed either two-years of college-level study, or have worked in global commerce for two years.

Scores on the CGBP Examination are reported as scaled scores where the highest possible score is 800 and the lowest reported score is 200. A scaled score of at least 500 is required to pass the examination.

The national CGBP Examination is criterion-referenced. That means your exam score is not compared to others who took the exam (often known as test-curving). Rather, your score is based strictly on the number of questions answered correctly. There is no deduction for wrong answers so you should answer all questions - even ones for which you are not sure of the answer.

The passing score on the CGBP Examination was determined by a panel of experts in the field of international business. Candidates must obtain the minimum scaled score of 500 to pass regardless of when or where they take the exam. A scaled score is reported rather than a raw score because the scaled score will not vary due to slight differences from test to test. There is no minimum or maximum number of candidates that will be awarded the CGBP designation for each exam.

Candidates are notified if they passed the exam within four weeks after the close of a test window. Notices are sent by mail from PES. Candidates that do not pass also receive their score total, and their score in each of the four domains. Candidates that pass the exam are provided their total score.

The exam is closed book. You are not permitted to bring any notes or resources to the exam. Calculators are not needed and are not permitted.

What is the cost of the exam?

The exam fee is $395 and is non-refundable.

How can I pay for the exam?

Major Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard, or American Express) are accepted forms of payment.

Can I transfer my exam registration to another testing window?

No. It is not possible to transfer your registration from one test window to another. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this policy.


Can I reschedule my appointment to another day in the same test window?

If you choose to reschedule your appointment within 3-30 days of your original appointment within the same test window, you will incur a $50 change fee paid directly to Prometric and make any schedule changes directly through Prometric.


You may reschedule exam appointment only once within the same testing window. Please note it may not be possible to reschedule your appointment with Prometric if the request is made too late in the testing window because the test centers' schedules may be full.

What is the cost if I do not cancel my exam in time, or do not make it to my scheduled exam?

Candidates that either do not cancel their confirmed test appointment at least three business days prior to a confirmed exam appointment, or miss their exam appointment will lose their registration fee. However, you may register again for a future test window by paying the applicable registration fee.

What is the cost to retake the exam if I do not pass?

Candidates that either fail the exam, or would like to improve their scores may register again for a future test window by paying the applicable registration fee. (Typically $100). Please note that you must reschedule your exam within one year of your original exam date.

If you need to retake your exam, please click here to pay the $100 fee.


NASBITE International Cancellation Policy

Cancellations are possible only during the open registration period for each test window. Cancellations processed before the open registration period closes are subject to a $50 administrative fee. The $50 administrative fee will be deducted from the the original exam registration fee. Your refund in this case the $50 fee is deducted from the fee paid upon registration.


When can I cancel my exam registration with NASBITE International?

If you are unable to take the exam, or decide you do not want to take the exam, you must submit your request before the open registration period for your chosen exam window has closed. Submit your cancellation request in writing and e-mail it to before the application period for the test window for which you are registered closes. Cancellations will be assessed a $50 administrative fee as noted above.


What happens after the exam?

Score reports are mailed to exam candidates within two weeks of the close of each test window. Please note that in some cases this means you will not receive your score report for as many as six weeks after taking the exam if you tested at the beginning of a window.

Once scores are certified, an email is sent to all passing candidates providing information on how to use the CGBP credential and logo use guidelines.

Certificates will be sent to each passing candidate within eight weeks of the close of each test window.


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