For those planning training sessions or candidates intending to take an online exam during this period, we will be offering online exam sessions on December 27 and 29, as well as January 5, 2024. You can check the link to online exam events here.

Certification Process

Disclaimer: The term “certified” shall only be used for personnel certifications, based on ISO/IEC 17024 requirements. The term “certificate holder” shall only be used for certificate programs, based on ASTM E2659 requirements. Certificate holders are not certified, licensed, accredited, or registered to engage in a specific occupation or profession.

1. Decide which Certification is Right for You

Each PECB certification has specific education and a set of experience requirements.  To determine which credential is right for you, verify all eligibility requirements for the different 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 course or program of study will significantly enhance your chance of passing a PECB certification examination. To learn more about exams, competency domains and knowledge statements please go to: PECB Exam Preparation Guides

3. Apply and Schedule the Exam

To schedule an exam:

        a). Candidates can contact one of our partners who provide training courses and exam sessions. To find a training course provider in your region, please follow this link: The PECB training course schedule is also available here:

        b).Candidates can also take a PECB exam remotely at the convenience of their own home through the PECB Exam application, which can be accessed here:

4. Take the Exam

Candidates will be required to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the certification exam. Candidates arriving late will not be given compensatory time for the late arrival and may be denied to enter the exam. All candidates are required to present a valid identity card such as a national ID card, driver’s license, or passport to the invigilator. The duration of the exam varies according to the type of examination taken (see description of the different exams for more details). Additional time can be provided to candidates taking the exam in a language different than their mother tongue (when requested by the candidates, on the exam day).

Exam type: 

Essay types, known as “open book” exams, are exams where the candidates are authorized to only use the following reference materials:

  • A copy of the standard in paper hardcopy;
  • Course notes from the Participant Handout;
  • Any personal notes made by the student during the course;
  • A hard copy dictionary.

For more information about exam details, please visit  Examination Rules and Policies

5. Receive your Exam Results

Results will be communicated by email within a period of 6 to 8 weeks from your examination date. The candidate will be provided with only two possible examination results: pass or fail, rather than an exact grade. 

In case of a failure, the results will be accompanied with the list of domains where the candidate failed to fully answer the question. This can help the candidate better prepare for a retake the exam. Candidates, who disagree with the exam results, may file a complaint by writing to

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 will need to be fulfilled in order to be PECB certified. Candidates are required to fill out the online Certification Application Form, and fill out all other online forms (that can be accessed via their PECB online profile), including contact details of references who will be contacted to validate the candidates’ professional experience. Lastly, before the submitting the application, a candidate can choose to pay online or be billed. In case the candidate needs additional information, he/she should contact and/or

The approval of the application occurs as soon as the Certification Department validates that you fulfil all the certification requirements regarding the credential you have applied for. An email will be sent to the email address you provided during your application process to communicate you application status. If approved, you will then be able to download your certificate from your member account.

7. Maintain your Certification

PECB certifications are valid for three years. To maintain the certification, the applicant shall demonstrate every year that he/she is still performing tasks that are related to the certification. PECB Certified professionals shall annually provide PECB with the number of hours of auditing and/or implementation related tasks they have performed, along with the contact details of individuals who can validate such tasks. Additionally, certified professionals should regularly pay the annual PECB certification maintenance fees. 

A notification email is sent to our certified members, who are required to submit their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) along with the Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) three months before the annual date of their certification. The PECB certified members will then be able to submit their CPDs by visiting their account and providing the required information for the respective certification.