Agents / Becoming an NBPA Certified Agent

The 2020 NBPA Agent Application is now open. Applications will be accepted from August 1, 2020 through November 1, 2020. 


  • Late applications will be denied without exception. The application window will close at 11:59 PM EST on November 1, 2020. 
  • Applicants applying during the 2020 window will be eligible for certification in 2021


  • Applicants are urged to completely review the NBPA Agent Certification FAQs 
  • Complete all sections of the agent application accurately and honestly
  • Copy of highest diploma received or transcripts in PDF format
  • Payment in total of $1,500.00 USD which includes non-refundable application fee of $250.00 and refundable prorated dues of $1,250.00 for the remainder of the current season 
  • Please note that NBPA Application Guidelines require payment to be sent/submitted concurrently with the submission of your application. If full receipt of payment is not received in a timely manner (within 15 days) and no later than the application deadline, your application will be rejected.  For more information, please refer to the NBPA Agent Certification FAQs
  • Completed and signed consent and release form 
  • Authorization of background investigation
  • Two forms of government issued Photo ID
  • Completed W9 or W-8BEN form (in order to process initial payments, refunds if applicable, and annual agent dues once certified)
  • Download and print a PDF version of the NBPA Regulations Governing Player Agents
  • Download the 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) refer to the outline provided within the FAQ section. 

Please note: Holding yourself out as an NBPA Agent prior to being Certified is a violation of our Regulations and will result in denial of your current and future applications to become a Certified NBPA Agent.


The 2021 NBPA Certified Agent Examination will be administered remotely as opposed to previous years.  A date is yet to be determined. 

  • The examination will cover the 2017 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement and the 2019 National Basketball Players Association Rules and Regulations Governing Player Agents. The exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions which you will have a time limit of three (3) hours to complete. Materials for the exam may be accessed by clicking on the links above. It is recommended that you print both the 2017 CBA and Agent Regulations. Please be advised that these materials are not available for public distribution and will not provided by the NBPA. The exam is open book. Prepared, printed or handwritten notes are also permitted during the examination. It is strongly advised that applicants bring a calculator to the exam. 
  • An optional, virtual review session will be offered prior to the exam. Please note that the review session should not be used as a preparation course and solely relied upon for preparation of the exam. The review session is an opportunity for applicants to ask questions and gain further clarification on materials previously studied. 
  • Approved applicants will receive an email containing the date and time of the examination. Additional details regarding testing location(s) will also be provided at that time. Testing information will not be released prior to notice that your application is approved. 
  • A study index for the CBA as well as sample questions are available on the NBPA Agent Certification FAQs.


Continued compliance with the Regulations is required in order to maintain your certification. Compliance includes but is not limited to:

  • Successfully passing the exam
  • Remitting required dues payment on or before July 1 of each and every year
  • Providing updated contact information
  • Negotiating and executing at least one Player contract within a five-year period
  • Attending an NBPA Agent Seminar in accordance with the requirements set forth in the NBPA Regulations Governing Player Agents. Please be advised that attendance to another NBPA or NBA event will not be accepted as a substitution for your required attendance to the NBPA Agent Seminar.

All other information pertaining to the Agent application and certification process can be found in the NBPA Agent FAQ section