How to become certified?
1. Decide which certification is right for you
Each PECB certification has specific education and experience requirements. To determine which certification product is right for you, verify all eligibility requirements for the different ISO certifications and your professional needs.
2. Prepare for the exam
All certification candidates are responsible for their own study and preparation for the examination. No specific set of courses or curriculum of study is required as part of the certification process. Likewise, the completion of a recognized PECB course or program of study will significantly enhance your chance of passing a PECB certification examination. You can verify the list of recognized organization that offers PECB official training sessions.
3. Apply and schedule the exam
All candidates must complete the application for exams and pay the required application and submit all required supporting documents to PECB, via an online portal. Applicants will also have the option of mailing the payment (checks) but however, this will result in delays of the application process.
Applicants will then be able to select a date and location for their certification exam. You must register at least fourteen (14) days before the exam date.
4. Take the exam
Candidates will be required to arrive at least 30 minutes before the beginning of the certification exam. Candidates arriving late will not be given additional time to compensate for the late arrival and may be denied entry to the examination room. All candidates will need to present a valid identity card such as a driver’s license to the invigilator and the exam confirmation letter. The duration of the exam varies according to the type of examination.
5. Receive your exam results
It takes 4 to 6 weeks for participants to receive their results. All results are sent via email. The examination results will not include the exact grade that you had, only a mention of pass or fail. In the case of a failure, the results will be accompanied with the list of domains in which you had a mark lower than the passing grade to provide guidance to prepare yourself to retake the exam.
6. Apply for certification
All participants who successfully pass their certification exam (or an equivalent accepted by PECB) are entitled to apply for the PECB credentials they were examined for. Specific educational and professional requirements may be needed for you to be PECB certified. Candidates will need to fill out the online certification application form (that can be accessed via their PECB online profile), including contact details of references who will be contacted to validate the candidate’s professional experience.
Once PECB will have validated that you fulfill all certification requirements, you will be informed by e-mail of our decision and you will receive your certificate by e-mail in electronic format.
7. Maintain your certification
The PECB certifications are valid for three years. To maintain his/her certification, the applicant must demonstrate every year that he/she is still performing tasks that are related to the certification. Every year, PECB certified professionals will need to provide PECB with the number of hours of auditing and/or implementation related tasks they have performed with the contact details of individuals who can validate these tasks, as well as paying their yearly certification maintenance fees. PECB will randomly select some referrals to contact to validate this experience and education.
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