The CPSA began in 1874 as the Commercial Travellers Association (CTA) – a group of early salesmen who made their living trekking across the country by horse, wagon, rail and steamboat, taking wholesale orders.
In a spirit of “mutual support and betterment,” the CTA demanded the highest ethical and professional standards from its members. In return, it offered travel discounts, insurance benefits, lobbying, and community. Over the next 100 years, it expanded into education and professional development.
In 1991, the CTA became the Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA).
Today, the CPSA’s sales training programs lead the field. Our Certified Sales Professional (CSP) designation is the North American standard for sales excellence.
CPSA members continue to represent the best of the sales profession and enjoy travel, lifestyle, business, and other discounts.