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Frequently Asked Questions 

1.  How far in advance must I schedule an exam?

For Paper and Pencil exams the registration cutoff date is 30 days before the date of the exam administration. Computer-based examinations can often be scheduled within a few days of application, however, in order to get the date and location you prefer, we recommend you apply as far in advance as possible.

2. What payment methods may I use to pay for my examination?

Payment by check or credit card is accepted by IAPMO.  See the examination application for additional details.   Charging examination fees to your IAPMO membership account is not permitted.

 3. How and when do I find out if I passed my examination?

For pencil and paper examinations, candidates will be notified by mail.  The notice will indicate “PASS” or “FAIL.” Passing reports will not provide a numeric score.

 4. How soon can I schedule the re-take of a failed examination?

Candidates failing to achieve a passing score will be eligible for re-examination as soon as the next examination is scheduled.  Re-examination will require the submittal of a new application and the payment of a new fee. There is no limit to the number of times you may take the examinations, however, after the 3rd attempt, the candidate will have to wait three months before applying again. It is recommended that you spend some time studying between attempts

 5. Is there a challenge process?

Yes. Challenge forms are available from your proctor at examination sites.  All challenges and appeals must be submitted in writing. 

 6.  How long is my certification valid?

IAPMO Certifications are valid for three years.  A certificate and a wallet card are both issued at the time of certification.  Your wallet card will list the renewal date for your certification.

 7.  How do I renew my certification?

IAPMO administers the renewal program. For general renewal information visit