Agent Certification FAQs
I did not pass the examination successfully in 2016 or I was approved to attend the seminar in 2016 but did not. What is required for me to attend the seminar in 2017?
1) Send a letter to the NFLPA attention “Agent Administration” or email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating you would like to sit for the 2016 seminar and examination; 2) Review your initial application. If any information you provided in that application has changed, inform the NFLPA at email@example.com of the updated information; and 3) Sign, notarize, and return the acknowledgement page which you may download here. The acknowledgement page reflects your understanding that you are bound by the Regulations in their entirety and the information you provided in your initial application, as well as any updated information, is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge.
I do not have an undergraduate and/or post graduate degree. May I still sit for the exam?
The NFLPA may grant exceptions to the degree requirements only if you have a minimum of 7 years sufficient negotiating experience in lieu of both degrees. For example, if you have only an undergraduate degree you still need a minimum of 7 years of negotiating experience. You will need to show by way of documentation that you have the required negotiating experience. You should send those documents to the NFLPA after you have submitted the online application. The application fee is non-refundable even if you are not granted the post graduate degree exception.
I do not currently have a post graduate degree but I will by the exam, can I still apply?
Yes, however you will need to provide proof of completion before you may take the exam.
What does “Accredited College or University” mean?
A College or University recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or the Office of Degree Authorization (ODA). Any foreign institution must have the foreign equivalent of U.S. approved accreditation as determined by the Office of Degree Authorization.
When will I find out if my application to take the exam is approved?
The NFLPA utilizes a third-party company to perform background investigations on each individual applicant and that normally takes a few months. You should expect to receive information about your application approval around late May or early June. All relevant materials that will be covered at the seminar and on the exam will be mailed to you about this time if you have been approved to attend the seminar.
What happens if I am approved to attend the 2017 New Agent Seminar and I cannot attend?
The seminar and exam is given once each year. The application fee can be waived once. If you are unable to attend the 2017 New Agent Seminar you may attend the seminar and take the examination in 2018 without cost.
What time will the examination end?
Testing is scheduled to begin at 1:30 on the final day of the seminar. You will have three hours to take the exam. You are free to leave if you finish early. Most applicants require 3 hours to complete the exam. You should bring a calculator to aid in taking the exam.
When will the results be available and how will I be notified?
You should receive exam results via e-mail and regular mail within eight weeks of taking the test. If you pass the exam, you will only be notified that you have passed. If you do not pass the exam, you will be sent a copy of your answer sheet and a list of correct answers (key code only) for the test. You will not be able to review any examination questions or the specific answers to those questions missed as many of the items could be used in future exams.
What happens if I do not pass the 2017 examination?
If you do not pass the 2017 exam you may attend the 2018 New Agent Seminar and take the exam again. You will not need to pay an additional application fee. The fee waiver will only apply to the 2018 seminar. If you also fail the 2018 exam, you are prohibited from filing an application for 5 years.
If I pass the examination, when can I begin to sign players?
If you pass the examination, you will receive an invoice for the 2017-2018 annual fee and information concerning obtaining the required liability insurance. The insurance becomes effective October 1. You can expect to become fully certified at that time.
How much is the annual fee and when is it due?
The annual fee is currently $1,500 (subject to change) if you represent less than 10 active players and $2,000 (subject to change) if you represent 10 or more active players. An invoice and instructions will be sent along with your exam results and is payable immediately. The application fee paid in January covered application review, background investigation, the seminar and examination. The annual fee payment will cover registration cost for NFLPA Agent Seminars in 2017 and provides resources and support to agents to assist them in properly representing their NFL Player clients.
When and where are the next required seminars?
Contract Advisors certified at the 2017 New Agent Seminar are required to attend a seminar in 2018. Typically, there are three one-day seminars every year: one during the NFL Scouting Combine in February (subject to change) in Indianapolis; one at a location TBD during the spring; and one in conjunction with the Sports Lawyers Association's annual conference. (registration fee required)
What circumstances will cause a lapse in my certification?
If you (1) do not attend a required seminar, (2) pay the annual fee, or (3) maintain required insurance in any given year, your status as a Certified Contract Advisor with the NFLPA will lapse. We will then notify NFL Clubs and your clients that you are not permitted to negotiate NFL contracts. If your certification should lapse for any reason, you are required to re-apply and attend the new agent seminar and pass the exam.
Also, if you do not negotiate a single NFL Player Contract (excluding practice squad) within a three-year period, you will automatically expire. You may regain certification by submitting a new application, attending the seminar, and passing the exam.
What is the seminar attire?
We suggest business casual. You may also want to have a light jacket or sweater available.
Are the meetings recorded?
No. Taking photos or recording any portion of the seminar is strictly prohibited. If you violate this rule, you will be asked to leave.