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Code Council launches a new cloud-based testing system for professional certification exams

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Code Council launches a new cloud-based testing system for professional certification exams

PRONTO enables candidates to take tests securely any time of day

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council (ICC) today unveiled a new cloud-based testing system, Proctored Remote Online Testing Option (PRONTO), which enables candidates to take ICC certification exams at their convenience on their home or office computer.

The ICC Assessment Center provides educational and credentialing services supported by the International Codes (I-Codes), a coordinated, comprehensive set of construction, fire and energy codes used in the U.S. and around the globe. In the past, test takers had to travel to approved locations for certification exams. The new cloud-based system allows users to take proctored ICC certification exams on their own computer at home, in an office or at another secure location of their choice. This system will supplement the brick and mortar computer-based exam sites and paper-and-pencil testing that were the only options previously available.

“The Code Council is the first building safety professional credentialing organization to provide this convenient testing option to their candidates,” said ICC Director of the Assessment Center Michelle Porter. “We are always looking for new ways to increase the availability and ease of access to exams for our members and other test takers, and we are excited to be able to offer this innovative service.”

“This new system will help us provide better support to our members and the next generation of code officials,” said ICC Executive Vice President and Director of Business Development Mark Johnson. “Ultimately, by expanding access we hope to increase the number of qualified individuals who are certified for jobs in the building trades that are crucial to our nation’s safety and economic growth.”

PRONTO also allows users to immediately see their exam results. ICC currently has 23 exams available online with plans for additional offerings in the future. Click here to learn more about PRONTO.

About the International Code Council
The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

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Computer-Based Testing – How to Schedule

Computer-Based Testing

Available for:

  • National Certification Exams
  • State Specific Certification Exams
  • Contractor/Trades Examinations
  • UST/AST Examinations

How Do I Register and Schedule a CBT exam?

For National Certification, UST/AST, and California Exams
For National Certification, UST/AST, and California Exams
 
  1. Search for the exam you wish to take in the Catalog Search. Once you have located your exam, click the green "Register" button.
  2. You will be taken to the myICC page. Sign in or create an account to continue.
  3. Choose the Code Cycle and the Exam Format (the method you wish to take your exam) and click on the "Add to Cart" button.
    • Choosing a Code Cycle will reveal which Exam Formats are available under that cycle.
    • Exam Formats are available either as Computer-based (PearsonVUE) or PRONTO (online proctored testing)
  4. Click on "Add to Cart"
  5. You will be taken to your Shopping Cart screen where you can either continue shopping, update your cart, or proceed to checkout and follow steps to complete purchasing your exam
  6. Once you have purchased your exam, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to go back to myICC
  7. Once back in myICC, click on the Exams tab, then "My Exams"
  8. For Pearson VUE exams (listed in My Exams as CBT), click on the icon under Action; you’ll be taken to the Pearson VUE website where you can see the exam(s) you’ve purchased

  9. Click on the exam you wish to schedule; you’ll be taken to a page where you can click the Schedule this Exam button and go through the standard scheduling process


 
Please make sure that the name you use to register for your exam exactly matches your chosen form of identification, i.e., your driver’s license, if that is the identification you will use when you take the exam.  You will not be allowed to take the exam if your exam registration and identification do not match.

Where are the test sites?

To locate test sites in your area, visit the Pearson VUE website at www.pearsonvue.com/icc for an updated listing of sites. Be aware that test sites are subject to change.

 

Do I have to be a computer whiz?

Examinations are administered on a personal computer (PC). Candidates are not required to have any computer knowledge to take the examination on the PC.  Before you begin your test, you may take up to 15 minutes to practice with the sample questions. Timing of the examination does not begin until you look at the first question of the actual examination. You may change your answers, mark answers for review, go back to skipped questions and review your test, if you have time remaining.

When are exams available?

Code Council certification examinations are administered nationally, Tuesday through Saturday (exceptions noted below). Testing sessions are generally held at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Some test centers are open daily, while others are open on specific days of the week. In some locations, exams are administered on a monthly basis. Pearson VUE offices are closed in observance of the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving (including Friday following holiday)
  • Christmas Day

What if the weather’s bad?

Test administrations will be delayed or canceled only in emergencies. If severe weather or a natural disaster makes the test center inaccessible or unsafe, the test administration may be canceled. Call Pearson VUE at 1-800-274-2615 to check weather or other emergency delays.

Reschedule, Change, or Cancel Your Exam

 How do I cancel or reschedule my test?

 To change or cancel your reservation without monetary penalty, you must notify Pearson VUE two business days before the time and date of your scheduled examination. When this is done, the fee from your first appointment will be applied to your new test date. If you call Pearson VUE less than two business days before your scheduled examination, you will be charged the full examination fee. The fee from your first appointment will be owed in addition to the fee for the new test date.

What if I can’t make it to my test?

There are no refunds for examinations not taken. All candidates seeking excused absences must submit written verification and supporting documentation of the situation to Pearson VUE within 14 days of the original examination date. Illness excuses must be written by the attending physician. Inclement weather is not acceptable as an excused absence. If, on the day you are scheduled to test, you are unable to attend the examination for which you were scheduled, you may be excused without monetary penalty for the following reasons:

  1. Documented illness, either yourself or immediate family member;
  2. Death in the immediate family;
  3. Disabling traffic accident;
  4. Court appearance or jury duty; or
  5. Military duty.

Written verification and supporting documentation for excused absences must be submitted to the Pearson VUE Program Coordinator via fax or mail within fourteen (14) days of the original examination date. 

Pearson VUE

c/o Candidate Services

P.O. Box 8588

Philadelphia, PA  19101

Fax:  888-204-6291

If you are absent from an examination that you were scheduled to attend, and you did not reschedule or cancel according to the policy, you will owe Pearson VUE the full examination fee for that missed examination.

 Testing Accommodations

 What if I have special needs?

Pearson VUE certifies that it shall comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you need special arrangements for testing, please call 1-800-466-0450 to request special testing services. This telephone number is available for reservations Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST. 

All examination sites have access for candidates with disabilities. For complete information on Pearson VUE ADA accommodations, visit https://home.pearsonvue.com/test-taker/Test-accommodations.aspx. Select the test program (International Code Council) for complete instructions, including the Guidelines for Candidates and required documentation.

Pearson VUE will provide auxiliary aids and services, except where it may fundamentally alter the examination or results. It is recommended that you submit a written request for special test arrangements and services approximately two to three weeks in advance of your desired test date. In addition, candidates should indicate when registering for re-examination that special arrangements were made or services used for the prior test administration, and that these services will be needed again for the upcoming test date. Supporting documentation can be faxed to 610-617-9397.

Pearson VUE is equipped with TDD (Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf) to assist deaf and hearing-impaired candidates. TDD calling is available during standard business hours through a special Pearson VUE toll-free number, 1-800-274-2617. This phone number is for express use by candidates with compatible TDD equipment.

Pearson VUE will determine the time and place of specially arranged examinations and confirm these arrangements with the candidate directly. In some cases, there may be an additional fee for special arrangements.

In the event that an examination is offered only on Saturdays, candidates who cannot take the examination for religious reasons may request a non-Saturday test administration. Such a request must be put in writing on official stationery by your religious advisor and sent via fax machine, or mailed to Pearson VUE. Non-Saturday testing for this circumstance is done only on a prearranged basis.

 

For Most State-Specific Certification & Contractor/Trades Exams

How do I register for a computer-based test?

Computer-based certification examinations are administered for the Code Council by Pearson VUE (formerly Promissor), a professional test administration company. To register to take a Code Council computer-based certification exam, visit Pearson VUE’s website at www.pearsonvue.com/icc or call Pearson VUE at 1-800-275-8301 (only for non-DBPR candidates). You must provide the EXAM ID and EXAM TITLE, whether registering online or by telephone.

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Code Council encourages candidates to register online, for your convenience. You must provide an e-mail address to schedule an exam online, and Pearson VUE will e-mail you a confirmation letter containing the date and time of your exam, along with test day instructions. It is your responsibility to check this confirmation letter to ensure the exam listed is the one you wish to take.

Pearson VUE’s customer care reservations and customer service lines are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. When you call to make your examination reservation, a representative will help you select the optimal test date and location for your schedule, provide instructions and directions, and give your examination reporting time. Walk-in testing is not available.

You may make an exam reservation up to one business day prior to your desired exam date, depending on space availability at the test center.

You must have the following information available at the time you are registering for a Code Council computer-based certification examination:

  1. Exam ID and title. Exam IDs and titles can be found in this bulletin
  2. Your full name, address, and home and work telephone numbers
  3. Selected examination date and location of the area you desire to take the exam
  4.  Your score report, if you are retaking the examination (only for those candidates who originally tested through Pearson VUE)
  5. Your credit card or payment information

Please make sure that the name you use to register for your exam exactly matches your chosen form of identification, i.e., your driver’s license, if that is the identification you will use when you take the exam.  You will not be allowed to take the exam if your exam registration and identification do not match.

What if I need to register more than one person?

If you need to schedule four or more individuals for exams, you can do so through group scheduling at Pearson VUE. Call Pearson VUE at 1-800-275-8301, and tell the call center representative at the beginning of the call how many candidates that need to be scheduled for exams. You must have  the following when you call: candidate demographics (name, address, and home and work telephone numbers), exam ID and titles of the exams for which you’re registering, and payment information. You may also email this information to pvgroupreservations@pearson.com.

Where are the test sites?

To locate test sites in your area, visit the Pearson VUE website at www.pearsonvue.com/icc for an updated listing of sites. Be aware that test sites are subject to change.

How do I pay for my exam?

Examination fees must be paid by credit card, debit card (issued through VISA or MasterCard) or electronic check at the time a reservation is made, NOT at the test center. Candidates who do not have or do not wish to use a credit card, debit card, or personal checking account may choose to prepay their examination fees using a voucher. Vouchers can be purchased online at www.pearsonvue.com/vouchers/pricelist/icccert.asp by credit card, either singly or in volume. To redeem a voucher as payment when scheduling a test, simply indicate “voucher” as the payment method and provide the voucher number. All vouchers are pre-paid, non-refundable, and non-returnable.  Vouchers expire twelve (12) months from the date they are issued, and voucher expiration dates cannot be extended. The exam must be taken by the expiration date printed on the voucher.

Do I have to be a computer whiz?

Examinations are administered on a personal computer (PC). Candidates are not required to have any computer knowledge to take the examination on the PC.  Before you begin your test, you may take up to 15 minutes to practice with the sample questions. Timing of the examination does not begin until you look at the first question of the actual examination. You may change your answers, mark answers for review, go back to skipped questions and review your test, if you have time remaining.

When are exams available?

Code Council certification examinations are administered nationally, Tuesday through Saturday (exceptions noted below). Testing sessions are generally held at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Some test centers are open daily, while others are open on specific days of the week. In some locations, exams are administered on a monthly basis. Pearson VUE offices are closed in observance of the following holidays:

New Year’s Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Veteran’s Day

Thanksgiving (including Friday following holiday)

Christmas Day

What if the weather’s bad?

Test administrations will be delayed or canceled only in emergencies. If severe weather or a natural disaster makes the test center inaccessible or unsafe, the test administration may be canceled. Call Pearson VUE at 1-800-274-2615 to check weather or other emergency delays.

 

Reschedule, Change, or Cancel Your Exam

 How do I cancel or reschedule my test?

 To change or cancel your reservation without monetary penalty, you must notify Pearson VUE two business days before the time and date of your scheduled examination. When this is done, the fee from your first appointment will be applied to your new test date. If you call Pearson VUE less than two business days before your scheduled examination, you will be charged the full examination fee. The fee from your first appointment will be owed in addition to the fee for the new test date.

What if I can’t make it to my test?

There are no refunds for examinations not taken. All candidates seeking excused absences must submit written verification and supporting documentation of the situation to Pearson VUE within 14 days of the original examination date. Illness excuses must be written by the attending physician. Inclement weather is not acceptable as an excused absence. If, on the day you are scheduled to test, you are unable to attend the examination for which you were scheduled, you may be excused without monetary penalty for the following reasons:

  1. Documented illness, either yourself or immediate family member;
  2. Death in the immediate family;
  3. Disabling traffic accident;
  4. Court appearance or jury duty; or
  5. Military duty.

Written verification and supporting documentation for excused absences must be submitted to the Pearson VUE Program Coordinator via fax or mail within fourteen (14) days of the original examination date. 

Pearson VUE

c/o Candidate Services

P.O. Box 8588

Philadelphia, PA  19101

Fax:  888-204-6291

If you are absent from an examination that you were scheduled to attend, and you did not reschedule or cancel according to the policy, you will owe Pearson VUE the full examination fee for that missed examination.

 

 Testing Accommodations

 What if I have special needs?

Pearson VUE certifies that it shall comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you need special arrangements for testing, please call 1-800-466-0450 to request special testing services. This telephone number is available for reservations Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST. 

All examination sites have access for candidates with disabilities. For complete information on Pearson VUE ADA accommodations, visit https://home.pearsonvue.com/test-taker/Test-accommodations.aspx. Select the test program (International Code Council) for complete instructions, including the Guidelines for Candidates and required documentation.

Pearson VUE will provide auxiliary aids and services, except where it may fundamentally alter the examination or results. It is recommended that you submit a written request for special test arrangements and services approximately two to three weeks in advance of your desired test date. In addition, candidates should indicate when registering for re-examination that special arrangements were made or services used for the prior test administration, and that these services will be needed again for the upcoming test date. Supporting documentation can be faxed to 610-617-9397.

Pearson VUE is equipped with TDD (Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf) to assist deaf and hearing-impaired candidates. TDD calling is available during standard business hours through a special Pearson VUE toll-free number, 1-800-274-2617. This phone number is for express use by candidates with compatible TDD equipment.

Pearson VUE will determine the time and place of specially arranged examinations and confirm these arrangements with the candidate directly. In some cases, there may be an additional fee for special arrangements.

In the event that an examination is offered only on Saturdays, candidates who cannot take the examination for religious reasons may request a non-Saturday test administration. Such a request must be put in writing on official stationery by your religious advisor and sent via fax machine, or mailed to Pearson VUE. Non-Saturday testing for this circumstance is done only on a prearranged basis.

ICC Exam Administrative Rules and Procedures

For Certification Exams

How often can I take an exam?

During any six (6) month period and for any one certification category, you may take the exam a total of six (6) times. If you have already used one or two of your exam attempts within your 6-month period of retesting upon July 1st, you will be allowed to continue retesting until your six at-tempts are fulfilled in the 6-month period. You will be responsible for payment of the exam fee for every exam you take. For example, a candidate takes the Residential Building Inspector exam on January 1 and fails, then retests on March 1 and fails. The candidate cannot retake this exam until six months from January 1 (July 1).

Taking the examination in one category has no effect on testing for the six-month period for another category. For example, if you take the Residential Building Inspector examination and fail it, you would be allowed to take a Commercial Building Inspector or, for example, one of the Plumbing Inspector examinations, without regard to the six-month period for your Residential Building Inspector examina-tion.

Does the Code Council require a candidate to have a certain level of experience or education before taking an examination?

No. Most Code Council examinations are open to all individuals with no prerequisite for experience or education. Code Council certification should be used as one of several measures of an individual’s qualifications when screening applicants for a position. Inspectors should possess the right mix of technical knowledge, education, and related experience. Because proper weighting of the relative importance of these three qualifications is a subjective decision, determining the emphasis of Code Council certification is most appropriately performed at the local level by the building official. For this reason, the Code Council does not specify education or experience requirements for certification applicants for most categories. However, the Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector (LINK to Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector Info Sheet) has additional requirements after passing the certification exam.

Which exam(s) should I take?

As requirements for employment differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, the Code Council cannot recommend specific certifications to you. We strongly encourage you to contact the jurisdiction in which you wish to work for more information on their specific needs, and couple this information with the exam-specific listings in this bulletin.

Is a Code Council certification the same as a license?

A license is a permit to work in a particular occupation, issued as a result of state or local legislation. Code Council certifications are voluntary certifications. Many jurisdictions require Code Council certification in their administrative regulations.  Check with your state or local agency to find out if your state recognizes Code Council certifications.

What is the best way to prepare for an examination?

The best way to prepare for an examination is through the study of codes and standards. Code Council seminars, self-study workbooks, code commentaries, and textbooks may be helpful. Practice examinations for many categories are available for a fee from the Code Council at www.icccampus.org. These may be useful to those candidates who need to refresh their skills in taking exams. It is important to realize, though, that the difficulty level of the practice exams may not represent that of the actual Certification exam.

Sample questions are available for most exams at www.iccsafe.org/certification-exam-catalog.; these items are similar to those used on the exams, but will never appear on any exam form. However, nothing can substitute for studying the code and on-the-job experience of code use and application. You must devote the time needed to understand the code and master the ability to apply it.

When can I test?

Paper-and-pencil examinations are administered on a limited basis. To get the most updated information, go to www.iccsafe.org/certification-exam-catalog.

Computer-based examinations are administered frequently at over 350 sites across the nation. To get the most updated information, go you www.pearsonvue.com/icc.

How often can I test?

There is no mandatory waiting period before retaking a failed exam. However, it is strongly recommended that you allow time to study the approved references before registering to test a second time.

When will I receive my results?

Paper-and-Pencil Examinations: Results for examinations taken by paper-and-pencil are mailed within three to four weeks of the exam date.  Pass results also will be posted to the Code Council website in approximately the same time frame.

Computer-based Examinations: Results for examinations taken electronically are available immediately after completion of the examination. For most certification categories, candidates will automatically receive a Code Council wallet card within seven to nine weeks after they pass the examination. Some categories have additional requirements prior to receiving the full certification. Wall certificates are available upon request.

I didn’t receive my pass letter or wallet card.  Can I have another mailed to me?

Yes, but the item must be requested within 90 days from the date of the passed examination to have another mailed without a fee.  If a resend of a pass letter or wallet card is requested after 90 days from the exam, a fee will be charged. For fees and other optional services, go to our Forms Library.

What type of question format will be included in the examination?

Test questions are in four-option, multiple-choice format, with one answer on each question scored as correct. Due to the rigorous psychometric processes used by the Code Council in exam development, questions do not follow patterns (e.g., “the most common answer is ‘B’”).

Are the examinations open book?

Yes, most exams are open book. To get the most updated information on examinations, go to www.iccsafe.org/certification-exam-catalog.

Can’t I just look up all of the answers in the books?

Because of the time constraints, you will not have time to look up all of the answers.  For those answers you must look up, you must be VERY familiar with the references to avoid wasting time searching for information. First impressions are often the most accurate, but you may change your answers if time allows.

How long are the examinations?

The length and allowed time varies depending upon the subject matter. To get the most updated information on examinations, go to www.iccsafe.org/certification-exam-catalog.

How many examinations can I take at one administration?

For Paper-and-Pencil exams, you may schedule two exams at one administration, but multiple exams must be scheduled for different starting times (i.e., 8:00 and 10:30).

For Computer-Based exams, in most cases you may take two exams in one day, as long as each examination is only two hours in length. 

Should I guess if I don’t know the answer to a question?

There is no guessing penalty, so it is to your advantage to answer every question. Remember to base your answers on the listed references for each exam, not solely on long-time field practices.

How do I renew my certification?

In most cases, you will need to have a certain number of continuing education credits (CEUs) to renew your certification.  For more information on keeping your certification current, go to www.iccsafe.org/renewals

Can I use my VA Montgomery Bill benefits to pay the fees for taking the examinations?

Many Code Council exams have been approved for VA reimbursement. To obtain more information on educational benefits for veterans, call 1-888-GIBILL1 (442-4551).

How can I access my certification information on the ICC website?

Log into verify.iccsafe.org with your email address on record with ICC; your zip code on record is your password. Click on “My ICC” and then “My Certifications” on the navigation bar. Do not create a new account on the renewal site, as this new account will not link you to your existing information.

How do I get a ProBoard-stamped certificate for Fire Inspector I or II?

If you pass an exam on or after January 1, 2013, you may order a wall certificate with the ProBoard stamp at no charge. Go to www.iccsafe.org/certification-exam-catalog and choose the After the Exam tab to view all applications.

When are exams updated to the newest codes?

Examinations are updated to the latest edition of the International Codes® effective January 1 of the year following the date of publication to allow time for candidates to become familiar with the new code provisions. 

Who can see my candidate records?

All Code Council certification examination candidates have certain rights in relation to their educational records. To view the complete Certification Records Policy, visit the Code Council website at www.iccsafe.org/certification-exam-catalog in the “After the Exam” section. 

 

 

For Contractor/Trades Exams

How can I become licensed?

The International Code Council is not a licensing agency. If you want to become licensed in a city, county, or state that participates with the Code Council, that jurisdiction will require you to take and pass a Code Council examination. Upon successful completion of the examination, contact the jurisdiction for any other requirements in order to become licensed.

When can I test?

Computer-testing is administered by Pearson VUE frequently at over 350 sites across the nation. Pearson VUE test dates and sites can be found on their website at www.pearsonvue.com/icc.

How often can I test?

You must wait 10 days before retaking a failed exam. It is strongly recommended that you allow time to study the approved references before registering to test a second time.

What examination do I need to take?

As requirements for employment differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, the Code Council cannot recommend specific examinations to you. We strongly encourage you to contact the jurisdiction in which you wish to work for more information on their specific exam requirements for licensure.

How do I know if pre-approval is required for me to test?

Contact the licensing agency or review the appropriate Contractor/Trades Examination Information Bulletin on the Exam Catalog.

What references or code books are the exams based on?

The approved references for each exam are listed in the Examination Outlines section of this bulletin. For the most up-to-date  information, visit the Exam Catalog.

Are the examinations open book?

Most Contractor/Trades exams are open book. Refer to the Examination Outlines section of this bulletin for open/closed book requirements for specific exams. Additional policies governing the use of references can be found in the Test Site Regulations.

When will I receive my results?

Results for examinations taken electronically are available immediately after completion of the examination.

I didn’t receive my pass letter.  Can I have another mailed to me?

Yes, but the pass letter must be requested within 90 days from the date of the passed examination to have another mailed without a fee.  If a resend of a pass letter is requested after 90 days from the exam, a fee will be charged. For fees, go visit www.iccsafe.org/contractor.

What type of question format will be included in the examination?

Test questions are in four-option, multiple-choice format, with one answer on each question scored as correct. Due to the rigorous psychometric processes used by the Code Council in exam development, questions do not follow patterns (e.g., “the most common answer is ‘B’”).

Can’t I just look up all of the answers in the books?

Because of the time constraints, you will not have time to look up all of the answers.  For those answers you must look up, you must be VERY familiar with the references to avoid wasting time searching for information. First impressions are often the most accurate, but you may change your answers if time allows.

How long are the examinations?

The length and allowed time varies depending upon the subject matter. To get the most updated information on examinations, go to the Exam Catalog and search for your exam.

How many examinations can I take at one administration?

For computer-based exams, in most cases you may take two exams in one day, as long as each examination is only two hours in length. 

Should I guess if I don’t know the answer to a question?

There is no guessing penalty, so it is to your advantage to answer every question. Remember to base your answers on the listed references for each exam, not solely on long-time field practices.

What score do I need to pass the test?

Most Contractor/Trades examinations require a candidate to answer at least 70 percent of their questions correctly in order to pass the exam. The Master Electrician examination requires 75 percent of the questions to be answered correctly to pass. Particular licensing agencies may require a passing score of higher than 70. It is important that you carefully read the relevant bulletin or contact the licensing agency for information regarding their minimum passing requirement.

Can my exam score be cancelled?

The Code Council reserves the right to revoke or withhold any examination scores if, in its sole opinion, there is adequate reason to question their validity. Reasons are: 

  • Giving or receiving assistance with answers during testing
  • Using unauthorized materials during testing
  • Failing to abide by the rules presented or directions from the proctor(s)
  • Attempting to, or removing examination materials or questions from the testing center.

In cases of examination irregularities which are suspected at testing centers, the scores of the individual(s) involved will not be released unless approved by the Code Council. Additional sanctions may be authorized by the Board, which may include restrictions on retesting for up to three (3) years.

Some scores may be rendered invalid because of circumstances beyond the examinee’s control, such as faulty examination materials or mistiming. These situations will be investigated; when such occurrences result in cancellation of an examinee’s scores, the Code Council will arrange for a makeup examination for the examinees concerned.