Becoming An Agent

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Requirements

  • NBPA Player Agent Application
    • Degree from an accredited four-year college/university
      • To substitute for any year(s) of education, an applicant may submit for consideration any relevant negotiating experience
    • Authorization to perform a background investigation
    • Approval of NBPA Player Agent Application
  • Fees and Dues
    • Non-refundable application fee of $100.00
    • Agent dues of $2,500.00
      • Refundable if applicant’s NBPA Player Agent Application is rejected or applicant does not pass the examination
  • NBPA Agent Examination
    • Successful completion of a written proctored examination (see below)

When To Apply

The application window is August 1 through December 1 of every year; early and/or late filings will not be accepted.

How To Apply

Please click here for the NBPA Player Agent Application.

NBPA Agent Examination and Preparation Course

The examination will cover the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NBPA Regulations Governing Player Agents and other issues relevant to player representation. It is a 50-question multiple-choice examination and has a time limit of three (3) hours. The exam is open book and prepared notes may be used while taking the exam.

The exam and review session are administered at the NBPA Headquarters, located at 1133 Avenue of the Americas in New York City.  The exam and review session are administered each year after the application window has closed.  Start times for both the exam and review session are distributed to applicants after their NBPA Player Agent Application is approved.  Attendance at the review session is optional.

As per the Agent Regulations, you are prohibited from recruiting or representing any players until you have been notified that you passed the exam.

Certification

Continued compliance with the Agent Regulations is required in order to maintain certification.

Compliance includes, but is not limited to, paying an annual fee, attending the NBPA Agent Seminar held each year for Certified Agents, providing updated contact information and negotiating at least one player contract within a five-year period.

Annual Dues and How They Are Calculated

Agent Dues are calculated based on the number of players an NBPA Certified Agent represented from the previous season:

  • For Agents with 0-9 players: $2,500.00
  • For Agents with 10-19 players: $5,000.00
  • For Agents with 20 players or more: $7,500.00