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Step One - Complete the Online Technician Application
To become certified, all applicants must complete an online certification application. There is an application for Level I Certification and Level II Certification. Each application confirms an applicant's work and experience qualifications. PEARL certification requires that all applicants must be currently employed by a full PEARL member company or a PEARL Service Organization. Applicants also must meet all the education, training, and work experience requirements as set forth in the PEARL Technician Profile. All applicants are required to pay in advance for the PEARL Technician Certification exams to offset the costs of application review, exam creation, and delivery. Certification fees and additional details can be found here.
Step Two - Application Review
After applications are received at the PEARL office, the applicant's information is compiled into the PEARL certification database. The education, work experience, and employment information given on the application is then reviewed and verified by PEARL staff. If the application is approved, then the applicant will receive an email acceptance letter. If the application is rejected, the applicant will be notified by email and may be asked to supply more information if warranted.
Step Three - Exam Scheduling
Once an applicant has received an acceptance letter through email they may schedule their exam. All exams are delivered online using a Web browser and are proctored at an authorized managed test center near your location. The exam-scheduling email will provide the applicant all the instructions needed to take their exam. Exam candidates are required to show at least one valid government-issued photo identification (state driver's license or ID, or passport) and a copy of their acceptance letter. Only after positive identification has been made by the exam proctor may a candidate begin the exam.
To reschedule your exam, you will return to the same website where you originally scheduled your exam and follow the instructions for rescheduling an exam. There is no charge for rescheduling an exam. If you miss your scheduled exam time, then you may reschedule your exam after paying an additional $80 administrative fee.
If you miss your scheduled exam time, here is no exam fee refund. If you cancel your exam, you must submit a signed written request (a letter stating you wish to cancel you application to PEARL. The written request must be received before the approved examination window begins, Full refunds, less a 50% administrative fee, will be made within 30 days of completing your online applications. After 30 days of completing your application, there is no refund of your exam fee.
Step Four - Taking the Exam and Preliminary Results
PEARL exams are administered by third-party proctoring site to enhance the value and security of the program. During the exam, the candidate will use a lock-down browser to ensure a secure exam environment. No reference materials, cell phone, cameras or computers (other than the computer being used for examination) are allowed at the exam site. Candidates are not allowed to take any notes into or from the exam site. Candidates who violate exam site rules will be disqualified from that exam. All violations of exam security will be investigated by PEARL and appropriate action will be taken.
After participants have completed all the questions, the exam automatically scores, tabulates, and stores the answers in a secure PEARL database. The overall exam score will determine if you pass or fail the exam. The minimum passing score is 70% of items answered correctly. However, the score may be adjusted downward depending on the level of the exam. Each time a certification exam is given, the questions are changed, resulting in a different exam form. Since each form has different questions, the level of difficulty of the exam may not be the same from form to form. The passing score is developed as an overall estimate of minimal acceptable competence in the Exam Content Areas by subject matter and examination experts. Passing scores are determined by an overall passing score, not by performance on individual Exam Subject Areas, and are independent of other candidates' scores. Partial credit will not be awarded for any exam item answered incorrectly. After completing the test, applicants are notified immediately of their preliminary test results.
Step Five - Official Exam Notification
Exam results are routinely mailed to certificate candidates approximately two week after the exam date. No results are given by phone, fax, or email. All results are confidential and are only released to the certificate candidate. The official exam notification will only indicate if the applicant passed or failed the exam. For exam security, no additional feedback will be provided to candidates about specific exam item answers.
Step Six - PEARL Certification
After official PEARL notification of passing the exam, the candidate will be issued a certificate and numbered wallet card. Certificates and wallet cards are mailed about two to three weeks after official result notifications have been mailed.
All certifications expire three years after an individual's initial certification is awarded and every third year after renewal. Certification renewal will be based on the certificant's activities during that three-year period. Requirements and fees may be found in PEARL's Continuing Professional Development Policy.
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