Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Certification Form Step-by-Step Checklist

Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT), you must:

  • Be an F-1 Student (with a valid/unexpired I-20 and a valid/unexpired passport)
  • Complete an academic year (fall/spring)
  • Been full-time (12 crs or more) every fall/spring at Purdue
  • Have a written job offer (relevant to your field of study) in hand

Check List: Assuming you can answer yes to all of the requirements above, follow the steps listed below to complete your CPT form.

  • Student: Review CPT Information
  • Student: Meet with your academic advisor. Discuss the job and course requirements.
  • Student: Complete required forms. Log in to your myISS account at and complete the “CPT Statement of Understanding” and “Offer Letter Verification” e-forms.
  • Wait for approval from ISS and register for CPT course.
  • Student: Complete required forms. Once ISS verifies job, you will be granted access to the next steps. You will need to complete the “Immigration Documents Upload” and the “CPT Course and Academic Advisor Verification” e-forms.   
  • Advisor Authorization: Academic advisor will receive electronic notification and will fill in advisors portion of verification e-form.
  • Student: ISS will contact you when your new I-20 is ready to be picked up in Schleman Hall.

Once all documents are submitted, the approval process may take up to 5 working days. Remember you cannot start your employment until the start date listed on your CPT Form.
CPT is employment authorization for an integral part of an established curriculum and must be directly related to a student's major area of study. It may be defined as: alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education (Co-Op) or other type of internship practicum (required or optional). Student’s must also register for a specific course in their department (contact your advisor for course details).

CPT can be full-time (>20 hours per week) or part-time (20 hours or less per week). Students registered for part-time CPT during a fall/spring semester must also be registered for a full course of study. Students engaged in part-time CPT during summer vacation do not need to be registered full-time for classes.