List of professional designations in the United States

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Doctor of Physical Therapy DPT

Accounting and finance[edit]

Name Post-nominal Agency
Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement[1] CIPM CFA Institute
Chartered Financial Analyst[2] CFA
Chartered Market Technician[3] CMT Market Technicians Association
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst CAIA Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association
Chartered Management Consultant ChMC Chartered Institute of Management Consultants
Chartered Global Management Accountant CGMA American Institute of CPAs and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Certified Public Accountant CPA
Certified Financial Planner CFP Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards
Certified Financial Consultant CFC Institute of Financial Consultants
Chartered Life Underwriter CLU American College of Financial Services
Certified Fraud Examiner CFE Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Certified Internal Auditor CIA Institute of Internal Auditors
Certification in Risk Management Assurance CRMA
Certified Government Auditing Professional CGAP
Certified Payroll Professional CPP American Payroll Association
Fundamental Payroll Certification FPC
Certified California Municipal Treasurer CCMT California Municipal Treasurers Association
Certified Government Financial Manager CGFM Association of Government Accountants
Certified Government Finance Officer CGFO Government Finance Officers Association of Texas
Certified Management Accountant CMA Institute of Management Accountants
Certified Municipal Finance Officer[4] CMFO Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury
Certified Public Finance Administrator CPFA Association of Public Treasurers of the US and Canada
Certified Public Finance Officer CPFO Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter CPCU American Institute For Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters
Certified Defense Financial Manager CDFM American Society of Military Comptrollers
Communication Management Professional CMP Global Communication Certification Council
Registered Tax Return Preparer RTRP Internal Revenue Service
Enrolled Agent EA
Fraternal Insurance Counselor Fellow FICF National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors
Fraternal Insurance Counselor FIC
Certified Corporate FP&A Professional[5] FP&A Association for Financial Professionals
ISSP Sustainability
Certified Treasury Professional[6] CTP
Certified Trust and Financial Advisor CTFA American Bankers Association
Certified Turnaround Professional[7] CTP Turnaround Management Association
Registered Financial Planner[8] RFP Registered Financial Planners Institute
Financial Risk Manager FRM Global Association of Risk Professionals
Professional Risk Manager PRM Professional Risk Managers' International Association
Strategic Communication Management Professional SCMP Global Communication Certification Council

Actuarial[edit]

Name Post-nominal Agency
Associate of the Society of Actuaries ASA Society of Actuaries
Fellow of the Society of Actuaries FSA Society of Actuaries
Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst CERA Society of Actuaries
Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society ACAS Casualty Actuarial Society
Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society FCAS Casualty Actuarial Society
Member of the American Academy of Actuaries MAAA American Academy of Actuaries
Associate of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries ACA Conference of Consulting Actuaries
Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries FCA Conference of Consulting Actuaries
Enrolled Actuary EA Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries

Architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and planning[edit]

Name Post-nominal Agency
Registered Architect RA state licensing board
Professional Landscape Architect PLA state licensing board
Registered Interior Designer RID state licensing board
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certified NCARB National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
National Council for Interior Design Qualification Certified NCIDQ National Council for Interior Design Qualification
Association of Licensed Architects Member ALA Association of Licensed Architects
Association of Licensed Architects Fellow FALA Association of Licensed Architects
American Institute of Architects Member AIA American Institute of Architects
American College of Healthcare Architects ACHA American College of Healthcare Architects
American College of Healthcare Architects Fellow FACHA American College of Healthcare Architects
American Institute of Architects Fellow FAIA American Institute of Architects
American Institute of Certified Planners AICP American Planning Association
American Society of Interior Designers Member ASID American Society of Interior Designers
American Society of Interior Designers Fellow FASID American Society of Interior Designers
Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Member CELA Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Fellow FCELA Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
American Society of Landscape Architects Member ASLA American Society of Landscape Architects
American Society of Landscape Architects Fellow FASLA American Society of Landscape Architects
American Institute of Certified Planners Member AICP American Institute of Certified Planners
American Institute of Certified Planners Fellow FAICP American Institute of Certified Planners
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional LEED AP U.S. Green Building Council
Construction Specification Institute Member CSI Construction Specifications Institute
Construction Document Technologist CDT Construction Specifications Institute
Certified Construction Contract Administrator CCCA Construction Specifications Institute
Certified Construction Specifier CCS Construction Specifications Institute
Certified Construction Product Representative CCPR Construction Specifications Institute

Association, credentialing, and not-for-profit management[edit]

Name Post-nominal
Certified Association Executive CAE
Advanced Certification Administrator ACA
Basic Certification Administrator BCA
Certified Fundraising Executive CFRE
Certified Nonprofit Professional CNP

Broadcast engineering[edit]

Name Post-nominal
Certified Radio Operator CRO
Certified Television Operator CTO
Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist CBNT
Certified Broadcast Technologist CBT
Certified Audio Engineer CEA
Certified Broadcast Television Engineer CBTE
Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer CBNE
Certified Senior Broadcast Radio Engineer CSRE
Certified Senior Broadcast Television Engineer CSTE
Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer CPBE
Certified 8-VSB Specialist 8-VSB
Certified AM Directional Specialist AMD
Certified Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist DRB
Certified Senior Broadcast Engineer CSBE
Certified Radio and Television Broadcast Engineer CBRTE
Certified Senior Radio and Television Broadcast Engineer CSRTE

Communications[edit]

Name Post-nominal Agency
Accredited Business Communicator ABC International Association of Business Communicators[9]
Communication Management Professional CMP Global Communication Certification Council[10]
Strategic Communication Management Professional SCMP Global Communication Certification Council[10]

Contract management[edit]

Name Post-nominal Agency Levels
Certified Commercial Contract Manager CCCM National Contract Management Association N/A
Contract and Commercial Management Certification CCM International Association for Contract and Commercial Management Associate, Practitioner, and Expert
Certified Federal Contract Manager CFCM National Contract Management Association N/A
Certified Professional Contract Manager CPCM National Contract Management Association N/A
Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Contracting Certification DAWIA Contracting Certification Defense Acquisition University I, II, and III
Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting FAC-C Federal Acquisition Institute I, II, and III
Industry Certification in Contract Management - Defense ICCM-D National Contract Management Association I, II, and III
Industry Certification in Contract Management - Federal ICCM-F National Contract Management Association I, II, and III

Economics[edit]

Name Post-nominal
Member of the International Association for Energy Economics IAEE

Emergency Management & Public Safety[edit]

Name Post-nominal Agency
Certified Emergency Manager CEM International Association of Emergency Managers
Associate Emergency Manager AEM International Association of Emergency Managers
Certified Floodplain Manager CFM Association of State Floodplain Managers[11]
Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Management FAcEM Emergency Management Academy[12]
Emergency Number Professional ENP National Emergency Number Association
Master Exercise Practitioner Federal Emergency Management Agency, Master
Registered Public-Safety Leader RPL Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International
Certified Public-Safety Executive CPE Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International
Certified Fire Executive CFE Texas Fire Chiefs Association[13]
National Crime Prevention Specialist NCPS National Crime Prevention Association

Engineering and geological sciences[edit]

Name Post-nominal Notes
Professional Engineer PE Licensure by individual state boards, examination by National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
Model Law Engineer MLE Designation bestowed by National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
Professional Land Surveyor PLS Licensure by individual state boards, examination by National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
Model Law Surveyor MLS Designation bestowed by National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
Structural Engineer SE Licensure by individual state boards, examination by National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
Structural Engineering Certification Board SECB Designation bestowed by Structural Engineering Certification Board
Engineer Intern EI Designation bestowed by individual state boards, examination (FE) by National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
Engineer-in-Training EIT Designation bestowed by individual state boards, examination (FE) by National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
National Institute For Certification In Engineering Technologies NICET I/II/III/IV Also, TT, AET, ET, SET, or simply CET (technicians) - CT, CET (technologists)
Certified Engineering Technician CET
Member of the National Academy of Engineering MNAE
Student Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers StMIEEE
Graduate Student Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers GSMIEEE
Associate Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers AMIEEE
Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers MIEEE
Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers SMIEEE
Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers FIEEE
Senior Member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers SIIE
Certified Drafter CD
Professional Geologist PG Licensure by individual state boards, examination by National Association of State Boards of Geology
Geologist-in-Training GIT Licensure by individual state boards, examination by National Association of State Boards of Geology
Certified Professional Geologist CPG American Institute of Professional Geologists

Geospatial[edit]

Name Post-nominal Agency
Certified Photogrammetrist CP ASPRS
Geographic Information Systems Professional GISP GIS Certification Institute (GISCI)

Government[edit]

Name Post-nominal
Credentialed Manager CM
Certified Municipal Clerk CMC
Professional County Collector PCC

Hospitality, tourism & recreation[edit]

Name Post-nominal Agency
Certified Meeting Professional CMP Convention Industry Council
Certified in Exhibition Management CEM International Association of Exhibitions and Events
Certified Hospitality Digital Marketer CHDM Hospitality Sales and Marketing International
Certified Revenue Management Executive CRME Hospitality Sales and Marketing International
Certified in Hospitality Business Acumen CHBA Hospitality Sales and Marketing International
Certified in Hospitality Sales Competences CHSC Hospitality Sales and Marketing International
Certified Hospitality Sales Executive CHSE Hospitality Sales and Marketing International
Certified Guest Service Professional CGSP American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute
Certified Hospitality Administrator CHA American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute
Certified Hospitality Educator CHE American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute
Certified Hospitality Instructor CHI American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute
Certified Room Division Executive CRDE American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute
Certified Hospitality Revenue Manager CHRM American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute
Certified Lodging Security Director CLSD American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute
Certified Interpretive Guide CIG National Association for Interpretation
Certified Park & Recreation Professional CPRP National Recreation & Park Association
Certified Park & Recreation Executive CPRE National Recreation & Park Association
Certified Playground Safety Inspector CPSI National Recreation & Park Association
Certified Youth Sports Administrator CYSA National Association of Youth Sports
Certified Wedding and Event Planner CWEP The Wedding Planning Institute, a division of Lovegevity
Certified Wedding Planner CWP The Bridal Society
Certified Sommelier CS The Court of Master Sommeliers
Master Sommelier MS The Court of Master Sommeliers

Human resources professions[edit]

Name Post-nominal
SHRM Certified Professional SHRM-CP
SHRM Senior Certified Professional SHRM-SCP
Certified Benefits Professional CBP
Certified Compensation Professional CCP
Global Remuneration Professional GRP
Associate Professional in Human Resources aPHR
Professional in Human Resources PHR
Senior Professional in Human Resources SPHR
Global Professional in Human Resources GPHR
Certified Employee Benefits Specialist CEBS
Group Benefits Associate GBA
Compensation Management Specialist CMS
Retirement Plans Associate RPA
Certification in Volunteer Administration CVA
Certified in Conflict Manager CCM

IT industry[edit]

Name Post-nominal
Certified Computer Examiner CCE
Certified Green IT Professional IFGICT
Certified Chief Information Security Officer CCISO
Certified Ethical Hacker CEH
Certified Forensic Computer Examiner CFCE
CloudMASTER N/A
CyberSec First Responder CFR
Certified Information Professional CIP
Certified Information Systems Auditor CISA
Certified Information Security Manager CISM
Certified Information Systems Security Professional CISSP
Certified Network Professional CNP
Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control CRISC
Certified Scrum Master CSM
Certified Scrum Professional CSP
Certified Scrum Product Owner CSPO
Certified Secure Computer User CSCU
Certified Software Tester CSTE
Certified Virtualization Professional CVP
Comptia Advanced Security Practitioner CASP
Cisco Certified Network Associate CCNA
Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNP
Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert CCIE
CyberSAFE CBS
Cyber Secure Coder CSC
IT Infrastructure Library Certified ITIL
Master Mobile Application Developer MMAD
Master of Mobile Application Security MMAS
Microsoft Certified Database Administrator MCDBA
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator MCSA
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer MCSE
Microsoft Certified Professional MCP
Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT
Modern Certified Classroom Trainer MCCT
Offensive Security Certified Professional OSCP
Oracle Certified Associate OCA
Oracle Certified Professional OCP
Oracle Certified Master OCM
Professional Scrum Master I PSM I
Professional Scrum Master II PSM II
Professional Scrum Master III PSM II
SAFe Agilist SA
SAFe Advanced Scrum Masters SASM
Training from the BACK of the Room Certified Trainer TBR-CT
VMware Certified Professional VCP

Law[edit]

Name Post-nominal Agency
Juris Doctor J.D. Used by those who have earned their Juris Doctor degree either alone or in conjunction with other post-nominal letters. Its use by non-attorneys is not restricted.
Master of Laws LL.M. Used by attorneys who have also completed a related master's degree, either a specialization for a U.S. law graduate or a first U.S. law degree for a foreign law graduate. Its use by non-attorneys is not restricted.
Esquire Esq. Used by attorneys who have been admitted to the bar. Its use by non-attorneys may be restricted by state bar associations (see unauthorized practice of law). When Esq. is used it should stand on its own.
Bachelor of Civil Law BCL Used by English-language universities for various degrees in law. Historically, it originated as a postgraduate degree in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, but many universities now offer the BCL as an undergraduate degrees
Justice of the Peace J.P.
Notary Public N.P.[14]
Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
Board Certified Family Law Attorney National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
Certified Legal Assistant CLA National Association of Legal Assistants
Certified Paralegal CP National Association of Legal Assistants
Advanced Certified Paralegal ACP National Association of Legal Assistants
Accredited Legal Professional ALP NALS (formerly the National Association of Legal Secretaries)
Professional Legal Secretary PLS NALS (formerly the National Association of Legal Secretaries)
Professional Paralegal PP NALS (formerly the National Association of Legal Secretaries)
Registered Paralegal RP NFPA (National Federation of Paralegal Associations)
CORE Registered Paralegal CRP NFPA (National Federation of Paralegal Associations)

Additionally, many jurisdictions grant some or all judges the right to use postnomial letters, which they generally employ in lieu of "Esq." For instance, in New Jersey, Judges of the New Jersey Superior Court are entitled to the postnomials "J.S.C.", except for the a Presiding Judges of the Family, Civil, Criminal, and General Equity Parts in a vicinage (entitled to the letters "P.J.F.P.", "P.J. Civ. P.", "P.J. Cr. P.", and "P.J. Ch. P."), a vicinage assignment judge (entitled to "A.J.S.C."), Appellate Division judges ("J.A.D.") and the Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division ("P.J.A.D."). Justices of the Supreme Court of New Jersey are entitled to the simple postnomial "J."

Logistics and transportation[edit]

Name Designation Agency
Certified Professional Logistician CPL International Society of Logistics
Certified in Production & Inventory Management CPIM APICS American Production & Inventory Control Society

((Certified Supply Chain Professional )) CSCP (( APICS))

Certified Transportation Professional CTP National Private Truck Council
Master Tower® CMT National Driver Certification Program®[15]
Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution CLTD APICS American Production & Inventory Control Society

Medicine and health care[edit]

Name Post-nominal Agency
American Board of Professional Psychology ABPP Qualification beyond state licensure currently in 13 specialties, including clinical, school, and forensic psychology
Certified Genetic Counselor CGC The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) is the credentialing organization for the genetic counseling profession in the United States and Canada. The ABGC certifies and recertifies qualified genetic counseling professionals. In this way, the work of the ABGC protects the public and promotes the ongoing growth and development of the genetic counseling profession.[16]
Certified Health Education Specialist CHES National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Master Certified Health Education Specialist MCHES National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Master of Public Health MPH Accredited through the Council on Education for Public Health. Focuses on public health practice (rather than research) and includes health education and epidemiology.
Certified Director of Assisted Living CDAL Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC) is a nonprofit corporation, autonomous from Argentum, with its own governing Board of Commissioners. SLCC offers a voluntary certification program for assisted living executive directors.
Certified HIPAA Privacy Associate CHPA Basic level certification for covered entities and business associates employees, interns, volunteers and others.
Certified HIPAA Privacy Expert CHPE Intermediate level certification for covered entities and business associates employees who need to validate their HIPAA Privacy knowledge. This certification is mainly for HR staff, privacy consultants and Privacy compliance team members.
Certified HIPAA Privacy Security Expert CHPSE Highest level of certification for covered entities and business associates HIPAA compliance officer who need to validate their HIPAA Privacy & Security knowledge. This certification is mainly for compliance staff, HIPAA consultants, HIPAA auditors and HIPAA Compliance officer.
Certified HIPAA Professional CHP
Certified Professional in Infection Control CIC
Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse CHPLN must hold a current, unrestricted practical/vocational nurse license in the United States or its territories and must have hospice and palliative licensed practical/vocational nursing practice of 500 hours in the most recent 12 months or 1000 hours in the most recent 24 months prior to applying for the examination.[17]
Certified HIPAA Security Expert CHSE Intermediate level certification for covered entities and business associates employees who need to validate their HIPAA Security knowledge. This certification is mainly for IT staff, security consultants and Security compliance team members.
Certified HIPAA Security Specialist CHSS
Certified Veterinary Assistant CVA[18]
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine DVM A professional doctoral degree for veterinarians
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicie DACVIM Veterinary Internal Medicine specialists who have completed a professional doctoral degree in veterinary medicine, completed a post-doctoral internship, and an accredited residency program.
Doctor of Chiropractic DC A professional doctoral degree for chiropractic physicians.
Doctor of Dental Surgery D.D.S. or DDS
Doctor of Psychology Psy.D. or PsyD A professional doctoral degree for clinical psychologists. Clinical psychologists who complete additional research as a component of their academic training are awarded a PhD in Psychology. Either of these degrees may be listed postnominally with ABPP to designate completion of board specialization beyond licensure.
Doctor of Dental Medicine D.M.D. or DMD
Doctor of Medicine M.D. or MD
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine ND or NMD A professional doctoral degree for naturopathic practitioners in the United States. Holders of the ND or NMD degree are known as naturopathic physicians in states where they may be licensed. The designation NMD is used in Arizona.
Doctor of Nursing Practice DNP A terminal professional degree that focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing rather than academic research. The curriculum for the DNP degree generally includes advanced practice, leadership, and application of clinical research. The DNP is intended primarily to prepare registered nurses to become advanced practice registered nurses. Advanced practice roles in nursing include the nurse practitioner (NP), certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), certified nurse midwife (CNM), the clinical nurse specialist (CNS), and Nursing Administrators.
Doctor of Optometry OD A professional doctoral degree for Optometrists
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine D.O. or DO A professional doctoral degree for physicians in the United States. Holders of the DO degree are known as osteopathic physicians and have equivalent rights, privileges, and responsibilities as physicians with a Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.). Osteopathic medical school curricula closely mirror those of Doctor of Medicine M.D.-granting medical schools. However, osteopathic physicians also receive an additional 300 – 500 hours in the study of hands-on manual medicine and the body's musculoskeletal system integrated into the medical curriculum, which is referred to as osteopathic manipulative medicine.
Doctor of Physical Therapy DPT A professional doctoral degree for Physical Therapists
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine D.P.M. A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is a physician that specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. DPMs are also known as podiatric physicians or surgeons. They complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency training. This training is similar to that of other medical or osteopathic doctors but with an emphasized scope on foot, ankle, and lower extremity.
Emergency Medical Dispatcher EMD Certified through the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO), the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch, and PowerPhone, Inc.
Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Responder (Begin January 1, 2012) NREMR All require passage of the National EMS Certification Exam-EMR (NREMR), developed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (End December 31, 2011) EMT-B All require passage of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT-Basic Exam (NREMT-B), developed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (Begin January 1, 2012) NREMT All require passage of the National EMS Certification Exam-EMT (NREMT), developed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate/85 (End March 31, 2013) EMT-I/85 All require passage of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT-Intermediate/85 Exam (NREMT-I/85), developed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate/99 (End December 31, 2013) EMT-I/99 All require passage of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT-Intermediate/99 Exam (NREMT-I/99), developed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Nationally Registered Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (Begin June 1, 2011) NRAEMT All require passage of the National EMS Certification Exam-Advanced EMT (NRAEMT), developed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (End December 31, 2012) EMT-P All require passage of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT-Paramedic Exam (NREMT-P), developed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Nationally Registered Paramedic (Begin January 1, 2013) NRP All require passage of the National EMS Certification Exam-Paramedic (NRP), developed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Licensed Paramedic (Texas) LP Licensure by Texas Department of State Health
All require passage of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians- EMT-Paramedic or National EMS Certification Exam-Paramedic (NREMT-P or NRP after January 1, 2013), developed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
All require an associate degree in emergency medical services (EMS), a baccalaureate degree, or a postgraduate degree
Licensed Practical Nurse (much of U.S.)
Licensed Vocational Nurse (California and Texas)
LPN
LVN
Licensure by individual state nursing boards
All require passage of the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN), developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Registered Nurse RN Licensure by individual state nursing boards
All require passage of the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN), developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Advanced Practice Nurse
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
APN
APRN
Various
Certified Massage Therapist CMT Certification by individual state boards
Licensed Massage Therapist LMT Licensure by individual state boards
Requires passing of NCETMB or MBLEx
Licensed Clinical Massage Therapist LCMT Licensure by individual state boards
Requires passing of NCETMB or MBLEx
Clinical education specialized for health care practice
Licensed Midwife LM state or provincial licensing
Certified Midwife CM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (accredits education programs)
American Midwifery Certification Board (administers certification exam)
American College of Nurse-Midwives (defines requirements)
Certified Professional Midwife CPM North American Registry of Midwives
Certified Nurse-Midwife CNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (accredits education programs)
American Midwifery Certification Board (administers certification exam)
American College of Nurse-Midwives (defines requirements)
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist CRNA American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (accredits education programs)
AANA Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (administers certification exam)
AANA Council on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (recertification)
Nurse Practitioner NP State licensure
Marine Physician Assistant MPA Federal Certificate of Registry U.S.C.G.
Occupational Therapist OTR State licensure
Physician Assistant PA-C National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Registered Veterinary Technician RVT
Physical Therapist PT State licensure
Physical Therapy Assistant PTA State licensure
Certified in Public Health CPH National Board of Public Health Examiners
Medical Laboratory Scientist MLS American Society for Clinical Pathology
Medical Technologist MT State Licensure, American Medical Technologists
Medical Laboratory Technician MLT State Licensure, American Society for Clinical Pathology, American Medical Technologists
Licensed Professional Counselor LPC or LCPC State licensure
Licensed Associate Counselor LAC State licensure
Licensed Master Social Worker LMSW State licensure
Licensed Clinical Social Worker LCSW State licensure
Licensed Veterinary Technician LVT
Qualified Clinical Social Worker QCSW National Association of Social Workers
Certified Tissue Bank Specialist CTBS American Association of Tissue Banks
Certified Hypnotherapist CHt
National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist NBCCH National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists
National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in Public Service NBCCH-PS National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists
National Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Hypnotherapy NBCDCH National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists
National Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Hypnotherapy in Public Service NBCDCH-PS National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists
National Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy NBCFCH National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists
National Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy in Public Service NBCFCH-PS National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists
Licensed Acupuncturist L.Ac. State licensure
Diplomate in Acupuncture Dipl.Ac. National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Diplomate in Oriental Medicine Dipl.O.M. National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Fellow of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition FASPEN American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
American Geriatrics Society Fellow AGSF American Geriatrics Society
Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing FAAN American Academy of Nursing
Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists FASHP American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians FACEP American College of Emergency Physicians
Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association FAsMA Aerospace Medical Association
Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association AFAsMA Aerospace Medical Association
Certified Aerospace Physiologist CAsP Aerospace Medical Association
Aviation Medical Examiner AME Federal Aviation Administration
Senior Aviation Medical Examiner SAME Federal Aviation Administration
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics FAAP American Academy of Pediatrics
Fellow of the American College of Cardiology FACC American College of Cardiology
Fellow of the American College of Dentists FACD American College of Dentists
Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology FACE American College of Endocrinology
Fellow of the American College of Physicians FACP American College of Physicians
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons FACS American College of Surgeons
Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians FACOFP American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists FACOG American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Doctor of Pharmacy PharmD State boards of pharmacy
Certified Pharmacy Technician CPhT Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
Registered Pharmacist R.Ph. or RPh State boards of pharmacy
Registered Respiratory Therapist RRT National Board for Respiratory Care
Registered Respiratory Therapist, Neonatal & Pediatric Specialist RRT-NPS National Board for Respiratory Care
Registered Respiratory Therapist, Sleep Disorder Specialist RRT-SDS National Board for Respiratory Care
Registered Respiratory Therapist, Adult Critical Care Specialist RRT-ACCS National Board for Respiratory Care
Respiratory practitioner RP, RCP State Boards of Respiratory Care
Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician CRTT National Board for Respiratory Care
Certified Respiratory Therapist CRT National Board for Respiratory Care
Certified Phlebotomy Technician CPT National Healthcareer Association
Certified Athletic trainer ATC Board of Certification, Inc.

May be restricted by state licensure.

Certified Medical Assistant CMA American Association of Medical Assistants
Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered NDTR, DTR Commission on Dietetic Registration
Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist RD, RDN Commission on Dietetic Registration

Military[edit]

Name Post-nominal
United States Army USA
United States Army Reserves USAR
United States Navy USN
United States Navy Reserve USNR
United States Air Force USAF
United States Marine Corps USMC
United States Coast Guard USCG
Retired (Ret.)
Veteran (Vet.)

Real estate[edit]

Name Post-nominal Agency
Member of the Appraisal Institute[19] MAI Appraisal Institute
Senior Residential Appraiser[19] SRA Appraisal Institute
Accredited Member[20] AM American Society of Appraisers
Accredited Senior Appraiser[20] ASA American Society of Appraisers
Assessment Administration Specialist[21] AAS International Association of Assessing Officers
Certified Assessment Evaluator[22] CAE International Association of Assessing Officers
Cadastral Mapping Specialist[23] CMS International Association of Assessing Officers
Personal Property Specialist[24] PPS International Association of Assessing Officers
Residential Evaluation Specialist[25] RES International Association of Assessing Officers
Master in Residential Marketing [26] MIRM National Association of Home Builders
Certified Green Professional [26] CGP National Association of Home Builders
Certified Graduate Builder[26] CGB National Association of Home Builders
Certified Graduate Associate[26] CGA National Association of Home Builders
Master Certified New Home Sales Professional [26] Master CSP National Association of Home Builders
Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist[26] CAPS National Association of Home Builders
Certified New Home Marketing Professional [26] CMP National Association of Home Builders
Housing Credit Certified Professional [26] HCCP National Association of Home Builders
Certified New Home Sales Professional [26] CSP National Association of Home Builders
Graduate Master Remodeler [26] GMR National Association of Home Builders
Graduate Master Builder[26] GMB National Association of Home Builders
Certified Graduate Remodeler [26] CGR National Association of Home Builders
Accredited Buyer's Representative ABR National Association of Realtors
Graduate Realtor Institute GRI National Association of Realtors
Accredited Land Consultant ALC National Association of Realtors
Certified International Property Specialist CIPS National Association of Realtors
Certified Property Manager CPM National Association of Realtors
Certified Commercial Investment Member CCIM National Association of Realtors
Certified Corporate Housing Professional CCHP Corporate Housing Providers Association
Member of the National Association of Appraisers[27] MNAA National Association of Appraisers
General Appraiser MRA Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers
Residential Appraiser RA Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers

Religion and theology[edit]

Name Post-nominal Agency
Doctor of Divinity DD Used by those who have been granted an honorary degree by theological seminary or university in the United States.
Doctor of Theology ThD Used by those who have earned a doctorate in academic studies at a theological seminary or university. At those institutions offering it, it is considered a terminal degree in academic theology (at other institutions it is the PhD or DPhil in theology).
Doctor of Ministry DMin Used by those who have earned a professional doctorate degree at a theological seminary or university.
Master of Theology ThM Used by those who have earned a master in academic studies at a theological seminary or university.
Master of Divinity MDiv Used by those who have earned a professional master's degree at a theological seminary or university. Although it is a master's degree, academic completion requires 3 years of graduate training and it is considered a terminal degree in this field.
Master of Theological Studies MTS Used by those who have earned a master's degree at a theological seminary or university.
Certified Church Business Administrator CCA National Association of Church Business Administrators
Knight/Dame of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem KHS/DHS Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Knight/Dame Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem KCHS/DCHS Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Knight/Dame Commander with Star of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem KC*HS/DC*HS Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem GCHS Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

Surveying[edit]

Name Post-nominal
Professional Surveyor & Mapper PSM
Professional Land Surveyor PLS
Registered Land Surveyor RLS
Surveyor Intern SI
Land Surveyor Intern LSI
Land Surveyor-in-Training LSIT
Certified Federal Surveyor CFedS

Telecommunications and Cable[edit]

Name Post-nominal Agency
Broadband Installation Professional BPI Society of Cable and Telecommunication Engineers / International Society of Broadband Experts
Broadband Premises Technician BPT
Broadband Premises Expert BPE
Business Class Services Specialist BCSS
Broadband Distribution Specialist BDS
Broadband Transport Specialist BTS
Broadband TelecomCenter Specialist BTCS
DOCSIS® Engineering Professional DEP
Digital Video Engineering Professional DVEP
Internet Protocol Engineering Professional IPEP

Workplace learning and performance[edit]

Name Post-nominal Agency
Certified Professional in Learning and Performance CPLP American Society for Training & Development
Certified Performance Technologist CPT International Society for Performance Improvement

Other[edit]

Name Post-nominal Agency
Accredited Business Communicator[28] ABC International Association of Business Communicators
Accredited in Public Relations[29] APR Public Relations Society of America
Associate Safety Professional[30] ASP Board of Certified Safety Professionals
Associate in Risk Management ARM Insurance Institute of America
Certified Administrative Professional CAP International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
Certified Analytics Professional CAP INFORMS, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist CAS
Certified Assistant Refrigeration Operator CARO Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association
Certified Associate in Project Management CAPM Project Management Institute
Certified Biological Safety Professional CBSP ABSA International
Certified Broadcast Meteorologist CBM or AMS American Meteorological Society
Certified Cost Professional CCP AACE International
Certified Cost Technician CST AACE International
Certified E-Discovery Specialist CEDS Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists
Certified Estimating Professional CEP AACE International
Certified Experience Analyst CXA Human Factors International
Certified Fire Protection Specialist CFPS
Certified Forensic Claims Consultant CFCC AACE International
Certified Forensic Interviewer CFI International Association of Interviewers
Certified Hazardous Materials Manager CHMM Institute for Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM)
Certified Industrial Refrigeration Operator CIRO Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association
Certified Manager[31] CM
Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist CMAS
Certified Modeling and Simulation Professional CMSP National Training and Simulation Association
Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies CPACC International Association of Accessibility Professionals
Certified Professional in Web Accessibility CPWA International Association of Accessibility Professionals
Certified Protection Professional[32] CPP ASIS International , International Foundation for Protection Officers
Certified Public Relations Counselor[33] CPRC Florida Public Relations Association
Certified Safety Professional CSP Board of Certified Safety Professionals
Certified Scheduling Technician CST AACE International
Certified Systems Engineering Professional CSEP International Council on Systems Engineering
Certified Usability Analyst CUA Human Factors International
Certified Utility Safety Professional[34] CUSP Utility Safety & Ops Leadership Network
Certified Youth Development Specialist CYDS
Decision & Risk Management Professional DRMP AACE International
Doctor of Musical Arts DMA or D.M.A.
Doctor of Education EdD or DEd
Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D.
Doctor of Philosophy Candidate ABD Doctor of Philosophy Candidate ("all but dissertation")
Doctor of Philosophy Candidate Ph.C. Doctor of Philosophy Candidate
Doctor of Public Health DrPH or Dr.P.H.
Doctorate of Strategic Security[35] DSS Henley-Putnam University
Earned Value Professional EVP AACE International
Editor in the Life Sciences[36] ELS Board of Editors in the Life Sciences
Fellow of The Explorers Club FEC The Explorers Club
Fellow of the Society of Decision Professionals FSDP The Society of Decision Professionals
French Wine Scholar FWS
ISSP Sustainability Associate ISSP-SA International Society of Sustainability Professionals
ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional ISSP-CSP International Society of Sustainability Professionals
Licensed Funeral Director FD
Fellow of the National Speleological Society FNSS National Speleological Society
Master of Arts MA or M.A.
Master of Fine Arts MFA or M.F.A.
Master of Music MM or M.M.
Master of Science MSc or M.Sc.
Master of Business Administration MBA or M.B.A.
Master of Business and Science MBS
Master of Public Administration MPA or M.P.A.
Member of the ACE ACE American Cinema Editors
Member of the ASC ASC American Society of Cinematographers
Member of the CSA[37] CSA Casting Society of America
Member of the MPSE[38] MPSE Motion Picture Sound Editors
Mobile Certified Marketer[39] MCM Mobile Marketing Association
Multi Sport Athlete MSA
National Board Certified Teacher NBCT
NERC Certified System Operator NCSO NERC Personnel Subcommittee (PS) and Personnel Certification Governance Committee (PGSC)
Planning & Scheduling Professional PSP AACE International
Portfolio Management Professional PfMP Project Management Institute
Professional Certified Investigator PCI
Professional Manager Certification[40] PMC The Air University
Program Management Professional PgMP Project Management Institute
Project Management Professional PMP Project Management Institute
Professional Science Masters PSM
Qualified SWPPP Designer QSD California Stormwater Quality Association
Qualified SWPPP Practitioner QSP California Stormwater Quality Association
Registered Business Analyst[41] RBA American Academy of Financial Management
Registered Construction Inspector (Division I,II,III, or IV) RCI American Construction Inspectors Association
Registered Professional Archaeologist RPA
RETA Authorized Instructor RAI Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association
Systems Security Certified Practitioner SSCP
Web Accessibility Specialist WAS International Association of Accessibility Professionals

See also[edit]

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