Preparing for the Football Agent Certification Test

NFLPA Agent Certification ExamIt’s long been surmised that the hardest thing to do in sports is hit a major league fastball.

Well, one of the hardest things to do in the sports industry is pass the NFLPA certification exam.

The exam is only offered once per year, at the end of July, and in 2015 the passage rate was a little under 40%.

Without passing this test, you can’t represent NFL players. And you can only take the test twice, so you have to be serious in your preparation. 

The exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions covering:

  • The Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Salary Cap
  • Player Benefits
  • NFLPA Regulations Governing Contract Advisors
  • Substances of Abuse/Performing enhancing Substances policies
  • Other issues relevant to player representation


After taking our Athlete Management course and becoming versed in the skills and regulations of being a professional sports agent, we also offer an 8-week Pro Football Agent Certification Prep course, mentored by former NFL agent Joel Corry to prepare you specifically for this all important exam.

“Anyone who has signed up to take the NFLPA certification exam should take this course,” says Corry. “You only get two chances to take the test, if you want to pass it on your first try your best way to do that is by taking my course.”

This isn’t just coach speak either, those who have taken Corry’s certification prep course have had great success in passing the exam, 85% of the students in the Agent Certification prep course passed last year’s exam.

“I'm both a pharmacist and an attorney, which means I am no stranger to licensing exams having six total licenses across four states,” says Eli G. Phillips, Jr. “I absolutely mean it when I say without this course, there is no way I could have passed the NFLPA exam.

“Thanks to Joel Corry and SMWW, I can now say I am a certified NFL player agent!”

How does Corry have such a high success rate? Because he’s been there, having represented some of the biggest names in the NFL and NBA including John Randle, Ronnie Lott, Shaquille O’Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon.

“What we do in this course is we have practice questions each week, so by the time you are through the 8-week course you’ve seen hundreds of questions that will be similar to the ones you will see on the actual exam,” says Corry.  “If you are serious about a career representing players in the NFL, this is the way to do it.”

Thirteen students from the Agent Certification prep course passed this year’s test and are now approved to represent NFL players. Congrats to them, and to Joel Corry. If you want to become an NFL Agent, this is the way to do it!



dr. Lynn LashbrookAbout the Author: Dr. Lynn Lashbrook is the President and Founder of Sports Management Worldwide, the first ever online sports management school with a mission to educate future sports business executives.

Dr. Lashbrook has been involved in the sports industry for over 40 years and is a respected voice in the industry, having contributed to ESPN, Comcast SportsNet, Forbes, SiriusXM, CNBC, Rugby World, The New York Times, the London Free Press, Yahoo Sports and many more. 

As a certified NFL agent, Dr. Lashbrook has represented over 100 NFL clients, including former 1st rounder Mark Fields, 9-time Pro Bowler Brian Dawkins and Miami Dolphins Quarterback Matt Moore. He is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher, known for helping students strategize ways to reach their career goals in the world of sports.