Examination Fees

Initial Certification: $350.00
Renewal of Certification: $250.00
Expired Certification: $350.00

The application fee includes a $100 non-refundable processing fee. Refer to a current Certification Handbook (Certification Handbook) for information on fee policies.

Examination Windows

The Examination is administered on an ongoing basis with applicants using an examination appointment window of 90 days after approval of the application. Approved candidates must schedule an appointment and take the exam within that 90 day window on a date of their choosing*. AMP, a PSI business (PSI/AMP), NCBDE’s professional testing agency, has multiple testing locations across the country where the Examination can be taken (see Assessment Center Locations below); trained proctors will be available to assist with the process. Review the Exam Handbook for more details: Certification Handbook.

For the year 2018, you may apply beginning on: January 1, 2018

Exam Window Examples
Date Applied Date Approved

90 Day Exam Testing Window

Must Take Test by End of Window

Apply Online - 7/20/2018 Processed and Approved - 7/20/2018 90 days from approval, e.g., 10/18/2018
Apply by Paper - 7/20/2018 Processed and Approved - 8/10/2018 90 days from approval, e.g., 11/08/2018
Apply Online - 7/25/2018 Processed, Audited; Audit Documents Approved - 8/20/2018 90 days from approval, e.g., 11/18/2018
Apply by Paper - 8/1/2018 Processed, Audited, Audit Documents Approved - 8/15/2018 90 days from approval, e.g., 11/13/2018
Apply Online - 10/1/2018 Processed and Approved - 10/1/2018 90 days from approval, e.g., 12/30/2018
Apply by Paper - 10/1/2018 Processed and Approved - 11/1/2018 90 days from approval, e.g., 1/30/2019


*VERY IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND: Exam appointments are available on a year-round basis. HOWEVER, remember that on any given day, there are only a limited number of seats available to take the exam at any specific Assessment Center. Because appointments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, you will want to schedule your exam appointment as quickly as possible after approval in order to provide you with the most flexibility.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR APPLICANTS? Please do not wait until November or December to apply/schedule an exam appointment if you wish to take the exam prior to the end of the year. There may not be a seat available at your preferred Assessment Center or even the next closest center.


Assessment Center Locations

PSI/AMP Assessment Centers have been selected to provide accessibility for the most candidates in all states and major metropolitan areas. PSI/AMP Assessment Centers are typically located in H&R Block Premium Center locations. Search for a current listing of PSI/AMP Assessment Centers, including addresses and driving directions, by clicking here. Specific address information will be provided when a candidate schedules an examination appointment.

Obtain an Application for the Certification Examination

Click here for information on obtaining the Certification Handbook (and Application).

Click here for an informational brochure for the examination.

Duplicate Score Report

Score reports are available directly from PSI/AMP, NCBDE's testing agency, for a period of 12 months from the date of the exam administration. A fee of $25 is required with each request for a duplicate score report. This fee is paid directly to PSI/AMP. Please contact AMP for additional information: info-AMP@goamp.com or 913-895-4600.