Certified Licensing Professionals, Inc.

Elevating the Licensing Profession Through Knowledge and Standards


Professional certification is an important differentiator, especially internationally, and confirms mastery of licensing knowledge and skills.I highly encourage individuals to earn CLP certification.”

- Pamela L. Cox, CLP,
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP


CLP Associate (CLP-A) Credential

The CLP-Associate (CLP-A) credential is designed for individuals who are either new to or are re-entering the licensing and technology transfer field. CLP-A is tailored to individuals who are interested in demonstrating a commitment to the licensing profession but do not have substantial experience in the fields of licensing, technology transfer or intellectual property management, and are not yet eligible to pursue the Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) certification.

To earn the CLP-A credential, applicants must complete 1) education or training in the content areas covered on the CLP certification exam and 2) a professional narrative. Contact clpinfo@licensingcertification.org with any questions about the CLP-A program.

Why become a CLP-A?

Earning the CLP-A:

  • Provides a tangible demonstration of knowledge attained in the early stages of the individual’s licensing and technology transfer career.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the profession and ongoing development of knowledge and skill.
  • Prepares applicants for success in the field.
  • Establishes the basis of knowledge needed to earn the CLP certification.

The CLP-A is valid for three years from the date the credential is issued. Recertification is not required.

CLP-A credential holders may apply the CLP-A application fee towards the CLP certification application fee if applying for the CLP credential within one year of the CLP-A expiration date. 

View the CLP-A Candidate Handbook for full program information. The CLP-A application is available online.

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