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Study Materials 2015
The Course Study Materials for the 2015 exams include a binder (supplied by the CEPI) and several reference textbooks.
NOTE FOR 2015 EXAMS:
The CEPI updates all study materials on an annual basis. Ensure that you are using the current materials by referencing the information below. Also, the XYZ Plan documents in the CEPI binder have been substantially updated for 2015. Candidates MUST use the 2015 versions. Returning candidates should be especially careful to review and study the plans as there have been many changes. Additionally, the GPS: Employee Stock Purchase Plans has been updated for 2015. Candidates should check the date on the cover of the publication to ensure they are using the correct version.
The CEP Institute Binder contains the syllabi, reading lists and reference documents for all 3 exam levels. Therefore, candidates will receive one binder per calendar year (i.e. if a candidate registers for the June exam and the November exam in the same calendar year, they will receive ONE binder). The binder also contains required readings (reference documents) as outlined in the syllabi. The Binder is included with tuition and is sent to the candidate to the address provided during registration.
In addition to the Binder, candidates are required to purchase additional reference textbooks. Significant discounts have been negotiated for the required textbooks. It is the candidate's responsibility to acquire these additional materials. Confirmation of your registration will include ordering instructions and the corresponding discount codes.
Please note the level(s) for which each reference text is required.
Please note: It is the responsibility of the candidate to make sure that all study materials are applicable to the current calendar year. Please note the edition numbers and/or publication dates to ensure you have the correct books, reading lists and binder material.
New General Study Overview (approx 30 minutes)
New for 2015 this webinar provides an overview of the study materials (including the binder) and general study tips.
Levels 2 and 3 only
Level 3 only
Makridis, Takis, Advanced Topics in Accounting for Equity Compensation, 5th Edition (Oakland, CA, National Center for Employee Ownership, 2015)
Securities Sources for Equity Compensation, 2014 or 2015 Edition, Certified Equity Professional Institute (Oakland, CA: National Center for Employee Ownership) - formerly named Tax and Securities Sources for Equity Compensation
GPS Publication - Global Stock Plans, CEP Institute, 2009
GPS Publication - Performance Awards, CEP Institute, 2010
Each candidate is required to bring all study materials (reference texts and CEP Institute binder) required for their level to the exam, as some test questions refer to references. Candidates may also bring notes to the testing center as long as the notes are three-hole punched and included in the CEP Institute study binder. Any papers that are not three-hole punched and included in the binder will not be allowed at the testing session.
The CEP Institute does not currently provide sample study questions - if you are interested in additional resources to assist with your studies, please see the resources and links page.
Additional information for 2015:
The CEPI Handbook is no longer included in the Course Binder. Please review the Certification Information Handbook. You will be held responsible for all of the information contained in the handbook, so please familiarize yourself with all of the information.