How to Obtain Certification
Download and review the IAHCSMM Certification Handbook and the exam specific application for the certification you wish to achieve and prepare for the desired certification exam through self-study or a certification course, or based on your personal knowledge from working in the CS/SP field.
Meet the eligibility requirements for the appropriate examination, as shown on pages 5-10 of the Certification Handbook, before submitting your application. When ready to test, and be granted an exam eligibility period, submit the following:
- A completed application form.
- The appropriate application fee in the form of check (US only), credit/debit card, or money order. All exams taken within the United States and Canada are $125 USD. All exams taken outside of the US or Canada are $150 USD.
Upon determination of your examination eligibility you will receive an exam scheduling letter/email granting you permission to take the computer-based certification examination within a 90-day period. Schedule an appointment to take the examination within the 90-day eligibility period indicated on your scheduling letter/email. No extensions will be provided once the 90 days has been granted. (If testing outside of the US or Canada visit www.prometric.com/iahcsmm for a list of Prometric testing locations in your area.)
Take the examination at the Prometric Testing Center of your choice. Upon completion of the examination your preliminary pass/fail result will be immediately issued at the testing center.
Your passing examination notice and certification package will be mailed within two (2) weeks. Your certification will be valid for one (1) year and the package will contain information on maintaining your certification.
Your failing examination report and retake information will be mailed within one (1) week. You may take the certification exam again, after a six-week waiting period, by submitting the retake application provided with your examination report (along with all applicable fees.)
Maintain your certification annually by submitting Continuing Education (CE) points and certification renewal fees.