Introduction to the Scheme

CPSA (Certified Pump System Auditor)- a new industry specific professional qualification developed by the BPMA (British Pump Manufacturers Association Limited) which is already an established and highly regarded body within the industry.

The objective of the scheme is to help improve the levels of professionalism in the sector by creating a universally recognised and respected industry ‘standard’ for individuals assessing the performance of a pumping system.

Becoming Accredited to CPSA

CPSA is open to any competent engineer.

To successfully achieve the designation (and the benefits that accrue), candidates must:

  • attend a 4 day course and pass a comprehensive examination
  • conduct a quality assured pump audit
  • prove certain levels of experience in the industry
  • show personal development through the completion of recognised education/training programmes
  • demonstrate active involvement in the industry

CPSA scheme fees cover the cost of the scheme and evaluation of experience and accredited membership for one year after passing the examination. Subsequently the accredited status on the CPSA website can be maintained by paying an annual fee.

The Programme

To successfully achieve the CPSA designation (and the benefits that accrue), candidates must do all of the following:

  • Attend a 3-day Pumping System Requirements and Analysis training course and pass an examination.
  • Attend a 1-day course covering both the ISO 14414 Standard for Energy Assessments of Pump Systems and Pump System Optimisation
  • Carry out a Pump System Audit in accordance with ISO 14414.
  • Produce a Pump System Audit report in accordance with ISO 14414.
  • Demonstrate active involvement in the industry.
  • Pay a specified annual subscription to maintain CPSA status.
  • Maintain the above if they wish to continue to use the CPSA designation and receive regular communication from the programme.

CPSA registered engineers will be re-assessed every 3 years by the BPMA, which will be a process of identifying that their audits are still in accordance with ISO14414.

CPSA engineers will also be required to maintain their QSPSAT status in accodance with the DOE Policy For Maintaining Qualified Specialist Status dated 14 September 2009.

Delegates at the July 2010 3-day Pumping System Requirements and Analysis training course

Audience & Requirements

Individual Profile

Individuals within the industry for whom the qualification will be most beneficial are likely to be:

  • Pump engineers (sales, service, commissioning etc).
  • Upper and middle management.
  • Working for a manufacturer, distributor, consultant, contractor or end user in the Pump industry.
  • Interested in personal growth, ambitious, inspirational and competitive.


The types of organisations which might employ these individuals and are predisposed to engage with a personal development programme of this nature are likely to be:

  • Involved in pumping equipment related products and services.
  • Manufacturer, distributor, contractor, consultant, supplier, user.
  • Engaged in or running customer training programmes.
  • Have senior management who encourage personal development and training amongst staff.

Key Benefits

To Accredited Individuals

  • Improve your personal competitive position.
  • Become more effective in your role - both within your organisation and the sector - by increasing and broadening your knowledge of the industry and demonstrating a more professional approach.
  • Recognition of your pump industry specific knowledge.
  • Gain industry recognition by achieving a qualification that is accepted and respected by key employers, industry bodies (such as BPMA) and peers.
  • Enjoy the confidence, success and satisfaction gained by furthering your own personal development and growth.
  • Demonstrate your accomplishment by using the CPSA designation on business cards and other personal documents.

To Organisations

  • A unique qualification for staff specific to the pump industry.
  • Show industry leadership by encouraging higher levels of professionalism within the sector and help to raise the profile of the 'supplier' community.
  • Compete more effectively through having a better qualified, more knowledgeable and more professional workforce.
  • Increase motivation and engagement amongst key customer facing employees by developing their own skills and knowledge as well as encouraging and facilitating their own personal and professional development.
  • Visibility on the CPSA website


Engineers who are trained in accordance with the CPSA requirements will receive the following certification:

  • A certificate from the US Department of Energy (DOE) confirming they have become a “Qualified Pumping System Specialist”. In addition their name will be listed on the DOE website.
  • A certificate from the BPMA stating that the engineer has completed a 1/2-day course on ISO 14414 Standard for Energy Assessments of a Pumping System.
  • A certificate from the BPMA stating that the engineer has completed a 1/2-day Pump System Optimisation course.

Full CPSA Status

Engineers who wish to achieve full CPSA status, following successful certification, are required to send in a report of a Pump System Audit they have completed. They need to demonstrate that they can carry out pump system audits in accordance with ISO 14414

Typical Data Collection

Engineers who achieve CPSA status will:

  • Receive a BPMA Certificate and CPSA photo registration card which identifies that the cardholder is approved to carry out pump system audits
  • Have their photo and details recorded on the CPSA websitewhch promote the scheme, qualified individuals and where appropriate, their employing company

Typical Systems Curve

Scheme Costs

CPSA Course and Certification *

  • £1,750 + VAT (non BPMA members)
  • £1,500 + VAT (BPMA members)

* Including 3 nights accommodation

CPSA Annual fee

  • £250 + VAT (non BPMA members)
  • £150 + VAT (BPMA members)

NB: All prices quoted are correct at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

Route to Acquiring Certified Pump System Auditor Status