Traditionally, the NFLPA allows people interested in becoming NFLPA Contract Advisors to apply for certification at any time in the month of January. Historically, there have not been opportunities outside of January to submit an application.
In 2011, the NFLPA provided absolutely no window for interested individuals to apply. On December 22, 2010, the NFLPA issued a notice explaining that it cancelled its normal application process because of the “uncertain circumstances surrounding the CBA and the possibility of a lockout of our players by the NFL and its clubs after the expiration of the CBA.” As we all know, the NFL and its clubs did, in fact, lockout the players.
Now that the lockout is well behind us and the NFL has resumed play, the NFLPA is once again opening its doors to people who wish to apply for certification as Contract Advisors. However, this year, applicants will have the opportunity to apply as late as February 10, 2012.
The NFLPA has delayed accepting applications. Instead of taking applications starting on January 1, 2012, the first day to submit an application is anticipated to be January 15, 2012. After February 10, 2012, no new applications will be accepted.
On January 15, 2012, you should be able to click here and submit your application electronically.