Becoming an Agent
- Non-refundable Application fee of $2,500.00
- Undergraduate AND Post Graduate degree (Masters OR Law) from an accredited college/university OR at least 7 years of sufficient negotiating experience (see FAQs)
- Authorization to perform a background investigation
- Mandatory attendance at a two (2) day virtual seminar plus an additional day for administration of the exam
- Successful completion of a multiple-choice, proctored examination
- Valid email address
- Download a PDF version of the Regulations
Date to File
The application period is now open until February 3, 2023 (midnight EST)
Absolutely no early or late filing. For more information on the application approval process, please review the NFLPA Certification Frequently Asked Questions.
This entails verification of the information provided on your application, including verification of your education, professional certificates, work experience, civil and criminal history, as well as a review of your social media platforms.
Additionally, you may be contacted by a member of the NFLPA staff if there are any questions or concerns regarding the results of your background check. If so, you will be asked to provide additional details and may be required to provide supporting documentation.
Tip: It is better to disclose anything that may come up during your background investigation within your application for two reasons; (1) to avoid delay in the application process should we be inclined to follow up for additional information and (2) failure to disclose material facts about your history may result in denial of your application. Please note, failure to disclose any material fact may impact the decision to approve or deny your application.
The seminar will be held virtually on July 18 and 19, 2023. The examination will be administered at designated testing centers (date TBD). The list of testing centers will be sent to you once your application has been fully vetted.
The examination will cover the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the Salary Cap, NFL Player Benefits, NFLPA Regulations Governing Contract Advisors, Substances of Abuse & Performance Enhancing Substances Policies, and other issues relevant to player representation. It is a 60-question multiple-choice examination and has a time limit of three (3) hours. It is an open materials test. All notes and source documents must be printed. You will not have access to electronic documents.
Source documents links needed for the seminar/lecture and examination will be provided several weeks after the application period closes. Some of the documents that are always available on our website are the CBA, the NFLPA Regulations Governing Contract Advisors, the Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances, and the Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse. Examination results will be available approximately eight (8) weeks after testing. A passing score is a scaled score of 70 or higher. As per the Regulations, you are prohibited from recruiting or representing any players until you have been notified that you have passed the exam, paid the required NFLPA Agent annual fee, and obtained the required liability insurance.
If certification is granted, continued compliance with the Regulations is required to maintain your certification. Compliance includes, but is not limited to:
- Paying an annual fee
- Obtaining professional liability insurance from the approved carrier (more information to follow)
- Attending one of three NFLPA seminars held each year.
- Negotiate at least one player contract within a three-year period (Practice Squad contracts not included).
Additionally, you are required to notify the NFLPA of all changes to your submitted application.
Sending Additional Information
If you need to send any information to support the application you have filed electronically, please email to email@example.com.