About Us

What We Do

The E-Rate Management Professionals Association, Inc. (E-mpa®) provides online resources to its diverse and experienced membership along with a forum for discussion and development of best practices in the management of the Universal Services Discount Mechanism for Schools and Libraries (E-Rate).

The organization provides a collective voice for discussing issues relevant to its members and proposed program changes to the E-Rate program.

The talent and experience of the organization’s network of consultants provides a superior resource to help members increase value to their clients, enhance effectiveness of client organizations, and generally aid the advancement of its members and other organizations having related objectives.

E-mpa® also provides certification for E-Rate management professionals and consultants that affirms quality standards of technical competence and professional conduct.

Our Mission

The mission of the E-Rate Management Professionals Association, Inc. is to promote excellence and ethics in E-Rate professional management and consulting through certification, education and professional resources.

Our Vision

The E-Rate Management Professional’s Association, Inc. is an advocate for the critical role E-Rate management professionals and consultants serve, and strives to strengthen and support the E-Rate program by acting as a self-certifying body of E-Rate management professionals and consultants.

E-MPA  provides assurance to stakeholders by maintaining the highest standards, developing and promoting best practices, and requiring ethical conduct for all of its members.


E-mpa® offers members the opportunity to receive the E-mpa® Certification.

To become certified by E-mpa® an individual must fulfill numerous requirements, including:

    • Knowledge of E-rate program rules, regulations and policies
    • Years of experience consulting with multiple applicants (3+ years)
    • Serve as an employee or owner of an E-mpa®-member organization
    • Receive continuing professional education on an annual basis (16 hours)
    • Respond to moral character questions
    • Agree to abide by the E-mpa® Code of Ethics
    • Pass a detailed E-mpa® Certification Exam
About the E-mpa® Certification Exam

If an individual’s application for certification is accepted and the individual meets all other requirements, they must sit for and pass the E-mpa® Certification Exam. This exam is designed to confirm the knowledge and experience of a candidate for certification.

The exam is prepared by the exam committee which consists of E-rate professionals with years of knowledge and practical experience concerning the E-rate program, including experience with internal USAC employee examinations.

The test is a proctored examination consisting of approximately 100 questions covering a broad range of topics and information.  Despite the high-standards required to sit for the exam, about one-fifth of candidates do not pass.

The exam generally is offered twice a year.

Join E-MPA Today!

Contact us for additional information on our organization, its membership and certification opportunities. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Fred Josephs

Membership Committee Chair