MLBPA Agent Certification

Applying for Agent Certification

To apply for MLBPA Certification you must:

1) Read, understand and agree to the MLBPA Regulations Governing Player Agents;
2) Complete the Application for MLBPA Certification;
3) Submit a non-refundable Application fee of $2,000;
4) Submit a signed “Declaration by Applicant” and, in the case of an applicant for General Certification, a copy of your Agency’s Representation Agreement;
5) Authorize the performance of a background investigation;
6) Successfully pass the background investigation;
7) Pass the written examination; and
8) Be designated as the Agent of a Major League Player, or designated by a General Certified agent as a Recruiter, Client Maintenance Service Provider, or Expert Agent Advisor.

Application

A username and password are required to access the Application for MLBPA Certification. You may request a username and password by clicking here. You will be asked whether you are applying for General Certification, Limited Certification, or Certification as an Expert Agent Advisor. A General Certified Agent may represent or advise a Player in negotiating the terms of a Major League contract. A Limited Certified Agent may Recruit or Provide Client Maintenance Services on behalf of a General Certified Agent. An Expert Agent Advisor may represent, assist and advise a General Certified Agent on behalf of a Player. Please consult Section 2 of the Agent Regulations for a detailed explanation of the type of work that requires MLBPA General Certification, Limited Certification, and Certification as an Expert Agent Advisor.

Once you have received a username and password, you will be able to log on to http://registration.mlbpa.org/Login.aspx to begin filling out the Application for Agent Certification. You must provide a response to every question in the Registration, even if the question does not apply to you, in which case the appropriate response is "Not Applicable" or "N/A". You may be denied Certification if you make any misrepresentation or any false or misleading statement or omission of a material nature in the Application (see Sections 4(M), 5(A)(12), and 5(B)(11) of the Agent Regulations).

Filing the Application

Once the online Application has been completed and submitted, please print and sign the Declaration by Applicant and the Consent to a Background Investigation. Please mail or deliver the signed declaration and consent form to the MLBPA, along with a copy of your current representation agreement and the $2,000.00 application fee payable by check or money order to the Major League Baseball Players Association. Please mail the signed declaration, representation agreement and fee to the following address:

Major League Baseball Players Association
ATTENTION: Agent Certification
12 East 49th Street, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10017

You must keep and maintain a copy of your completed Application for your files and provide a copy to any player you represent or recruit upon request.

Applicants who submit a complete application by July 1st of any given year will be eligible to take the written exam in August of that year. Applicants who submit a complete application after July 1st and before December 1st of any given year will be eligible to take the written exam in January of the following year.

Background Investigation

The MLBPA will conduct a background investigation following the submission of a completed Application for Certification, including the application fee, signed Declaration by Applicant, and signed Consent to a Background Investigation. The background investigation will focus on conduct which is relevant to the Applicant's fiduciary duties as an Agent and Advisor and additional responsibilities as a person to whom the MLBPA will have delegated certain authority to bargain on behalf of players. Failure to provide written permission for MLBPA to conduct a background investigation or to cooperate fully with the investigation will be grounds for rejection of an Application. In its review and consideration of an Application, the MLBPA or the investigative agency designated by the MLBPA to conduct the background investigation may request the Applicant to provide additional information, documents or materials, or may conduct whatever additional investigation it deems appropriate, including requiring a conference with the Applicant by telephone or in person or providing the Applicant with an opportunity to respond to negative information. (See Section 4(N) of the Agent Regulations). If an Applicant is denied certification based on the information in a background investigation report, he or she may appeal that decision solely to exclusive arbitration under Section 7(B) of the Agent Regulations.

Written Exam

Following the successful completion of the background investigation, the applicant will be eligible to take the written test. There will be separate tests for General and Limited Certified Agents. The test will assess the applicant’s ability to perform competently the functions of a General or Limited Certified Agent or Expert Agent Advisor including familiarity with the Basic Agreement, Major League Rules, Joint Drug Agreement and the Agent Regulations. Copies of the Basic Agreement, the Major League Rules, the Joint Drug Agreement, the Agent Regulations, and essential MLBPA forms may be found in the Key Documents section of this webpage.

The test will consist of a series of fact patterns followed by multiple choice questions. The test will be open book, however no electronic devices, including ipads and laptops, will be allowed during the exam. The tests will be administered twice each year in English and Spanish. The next test is scheduled to take place on Wednesday August 30, 2017 in New York. On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, the day prior to the exam, the MLBPA will conduct a preparatory course for the test in New York for all applicants.

An Applicant who fails the test for either certification may retake the test the next time it is offered. An Applicant who fails the test twice must reapply and complete the entire application process again, and will be eligible to submit a new application no earlier than one year from the date of the second failed test.

Certification

An applicant for General Certification who completes the background investigation and passes the written test will not be certified by the MLBPA until he or she is designated on a Player Agent Designation form by at least one Player, as defined by §2(B) of the Agent Regulations. If the Player’s native language is not English, the Designation form must be signed, on the same date, in both English and that Player’s native language.

An Applicant for Limited Certification who completes the background investigation and passes the written test will not be certified by the MLBPA until he or she is designated on a Designation of Recruiter or Client Maintenance Service Provider form by a General Certified Agent.

An Applicant for Certification as an Expert Agent Advisor who completes the background investigation and passes the written test will not be certified by the MLBPA until he or she is designated on an Expert Agent Advisor Designation form by at least one General Certified Agent.

These designation forms may be found in the Key Documents section of this webpage.

Applicants will have up to three years after passing the written test to obtain the required designation for their desired certification. If the applicant does not receive the required designation within those three years the application will expire, and that person must reapply and complete the entire application process again.

Once an applicant has obtained the appropriate designation and submitted it to the MLBPA, he or she will receive written confirmation of their agent certification by e-mail. As per the Agent Regulations, an agent is prohibited from engaging in activities which require certification unless and until that agent has been certified by the MLBPA.

In order to maintain MLBPA Certification, General Certified Agents, Limited Certified Agents, and Expert Agent Advisors are required to comply with the Agent Regulations including regularly updating their Agent Registration, pay an annual administrative fee, attend mandatory meetings, file required documents and disclosures, and maintain current designations (See §4(J) of the Agent Regulations).

For more information about the application process and answers to commonly asked questions, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any questions concerning an Application or the Agent Regulations, please e-mail agent.reg@mlbpa.org or call (212) 826-0808 and ask for Robert Guerra.