|Training - Examination Process|
The basic, advanced, and supervisor certification exams are all based on the appropriate manuals and study guides developed and offered by IAHSS. These books are periodically revised and using the most current edition is essential to successfully passing the exams. Starting with the Basic Manual, individuals may progress to each succeeding level whenever they feel ready. Since personal experience can vary widely among institutions, relying on each manual for the knowledge and skills is essential to successfully earning certification.
Each exam consists of a specific number of questions with multiple-choice answers. A passing score of 70 percent is required to earn certification which is valid for a period of five years. Please note: certifications received prior to January 1, 2013 are only valid for 3 years. Certification renewal must be done prior to the expiration date to remain valid. However, an individual may choose to progress to the next level within the renewal period beginning a new renewal timetable. Certification renewal is only required at the highest level attained.
Exams may be taken online or in a paper format (usually proctored by an IAHSS senior member). Other options exist if no senior member is available. An Online Exam may be taken at any time through Instant Exam Access using a credit card.
Fees: $80 per person paper and $70 per person online,
Individuals may re-take an examination at the fees noted above until they are successful. Sorry, there are no refunds for persons who do not pass the examination or for unused or expired exams. Please note the expiration date on the application.
Online exam takers receive immediate results and certificates are mailed to those passing the exam. Individuals taking the paper exam are notified by the test proctor after the association receives and processes the completed exams. The certificates are sent to the test proctor for distribution.