Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) Credential

The Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) program recognizes professionals who have demonstrated their experience and proficiency in the licensing and commercialization of intellectual property. The designation is built on internationally applicable standards of professional practice, and there are approximately 800 individuals who currently hold the CLP credential in 30 countries worldwide. CLP credential holders are involved in patenting, marketing, valuations, IP law, negotiation, and intellectual asset management.

View the CLP Toolkit for more information about the program, read on to learn more about the credential, begin your CLP journey today.

Why should you earn the CLP credential?

Earning the CLP credential:

  • Establishes credibility among your colleagues and peers.
  • Shows that you understand and utilize the latest industry practices.
  • Fulfills personal and professional goals for career development and opens up more opportunities in your career for advancement and job mobility
  • Recognizes your experience and qualifications as well as your commitment to continuing education and professional development.
  • Demonstrates your commitment to the licensing profession as a career.

The CLP Vision

  • Publicly recognize the licensing professional's experience and qualifications;
  • Publicly recognize the licensing professional's education and professional development;
  • Focus the licensing professional's individual development on internationally applicable standards, ethics, and excellence; and
  • Provide greater visibility to the licensing profession with added credibility and prestige.

Eligibility Requirements

To become a CLP, a candidate must:

  1. Meeting the eligibility requirements to sit for the examination.
  2. Submit the CLP online Application
  3. Pay the application fee
  4. Pass the CLP examination

Click here to start your CLP Exam application.

CLP Testing Windows and Exam Locations

The CLP examination is offered twice yearly. Eligible candidates can take the CLP exam at more than 400 international test sites or via live-remote proctoring from their home or office. Review the Candidate Handbook for more information on the application deadlines and test administration options.

CLP Recertification Requirements and Credits

The continuing competence of certified licensing professionals is a major interest of the CLP, Inc. Certified Licensing Professionals (CLPs) are required to demonstrate continued competence in their field to maintain their certification status. The CLP credential is granted for a three-year period. To maintain the credential, candidates must earn at least 40 credits of continuing education (CE) during the three-year certification period. Credit can be earned through a variety of activities such as speaking at industry events, participating in industry events, writing, full-time employment, etc. Visit the CLP Recertification web page for more information.

All LES/LESI Professional Development Courses are eligible for earning CLP Continuing Education credits for certification renewal.

To learn more about the CLP designation, visit the CLP, Inc. Web site at or email