The CPS Examination is held twice yearly in June and December. The examination is divided into three parts each comprising two sections, making a total of six sections in all. A student may attempt two sections of a part together or separately in the ascending order but before proceeding to the next part, a candidate must pass the lower part. The examination is rigorous and standards are high and therefore a student is advised to devote approximately the equivalent of eighteen months of full time study for each part of the examination.

A student is advised to program the studies in such a way that makes it possible to take and pass the whole examination (Parts I, II & III) in a duration of between four and a half years and six years following the date of registration as a student of KASNEB. In this way a student will be able to set aside three years as a margin of safety in the event of unforeseen difficulties in the preparation for the examination.

Prior to registering as a student of KASNEB, the applicant must carefully assess the interest in the profession and ability to study under strenuous conditions, with a view to taking and passing the examination in reasonable time. Competence and flair in mathematical computations, analytical and communication skills are essential requirements in preparing for the examination.

Ideally a person wishing to pursue a career as a Certified Public Secretary should initially proceed to University to acquire intellectual and higher academic training. Subsequently, one may register as a student of KASNEB. Nevertheless adequate provisions have been made for ambitious and bright school leavers to enroll direct for the CPS examination. Holders of final CPS certificate are eligible for admission to pursue Masters and other higher degrees in reputable universities all over the world. It is advisable to seek the support of the employer or sponsor, where possible, when one is seeking admission to universities for higher degrees.