We have led several local administrative professional study groups through a 5-month knowledge retention process that focuses on the IAAP Certified Administrative Professional (CAP)
Study Group Process / Key Information
The key work strategy within the study group is to summarize the CAP study guide and the supplemental 7 college textbooks (listed in the BoK), as the exam cannot be passed with the IAAP CAP Study Guide alone, (per IAAP). I have summarized the 2016 college texts and organized the material in a way that neatly rolls out week to week until the September CAP exam, which can be taken anytime between Sept. 27-Oct. 13, 2018. I have also developed a bank of 800+ proprietary typical quiz/exam questions which are a core focus as the weekly quizzes put study group members in exam conditions. I continually develop quiz questions around the testable material and enjoy doing this.
Do note that anyone can purchase a study guide from IAAP and study on their own; but they would have to source the additional supplementary college textbook materials which isn’t easy as it would have to be via a rent-a-textbook site as the texts are $1,500 plus to purchase; securing access to a rent-a-text site is also challenging as most sites don’t have all of the texts; then one would have to identify the Domain Performance Outcome material within the average 300 page text (thinks weeks of work just to do this). Further, there is the challenge of disciplining oneself to navigate through the vast amount of study material in an organized way so as to have a firm grasp of the BoK testable material in time for the exam; in my experience most administrators haven’t been in a formal classroom for quite a while so the study process itself is a challenge; the additional element of not being given all of the study materials in one guide/book makes the whole affair that much more daunting – but that is the way IAAP has structured the CAP exam at this time. Their reasoning is that the internationally certified CAP exam tests a wide BoK from a variety of sources, in the likes of any professional exam which enables a successful candidate to put letters behind their name.
I manage all of the above challenges for the CAP study group member and provide an understandable study system for passing the CAP exam. The prerequisites for success are a hard work ethic, positive attitude and persistence to overcome any personal challenges that interfere with one’s commitment to attend study group sessions and work with all study group materials. Consistent hard work is at the foundation of passing the CAP exam. Study group meeting days will be on Tuesdays or Thursdays, whichever one is best for the majority of participants.