Information on Applying for Testing and Certification
Complete the Online Technician Application
To become certified, all applicants must complete an online certification application. The 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 exam to offset the costs of application review, exam creation, and delivery. To see the full fee schedule visit the Exam Information and Fees.
Please click here for a User Guide to Access the Certification Portal. This guide will help users login and navigate through the Certification Portal, show them where they can access applications, and options on renewing their certification.
Please go to the Certification Portal, click on Catalog to select Level I Application Buy Now. After you have completed the checkout process you will go to the My Learning area to Launch the application. You will receive further instructions to take the exam.
Note: You must be a PEARL member and have an account setup to access the Certification Portal. (Temporarily unavailable)
Please go to the Certification Portal, click on Catalog to select Level II Application Buy Now. After you have completed the checkout process you will go to the My Learning area to Launch the application. You will receive further instructions to take the exam.
Note: You will NOT see Level II application if you are not Level I Certified.
Exam Scheduling and Cancellations
Once an applicant has satisfied all the application requirements, they will receive an email with exam scheduling instructions. All exams are delivered online using a web browser and are proctored by a thirdy-party online proctoring center. 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 return to the same website where you originally scheduled your exam, (ProctorU) 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 $50 administrative fee.
If you miss your scheduled exam time, you will not receive a refund. If you cancel your exam, you must submit a signed written request (a letter stating you wish to cancel your application) to PEARL. The written request must be received before the approved examination window begins. Full refunds, less a $75 administrative fee, will be made within 30 days of completing your online application. After 30 days of completing your application, there is no refund of your exam fee.
Test Results Notification
Exam results will be readily available as soon as the exam is completed. No results are given by phone, fax, or email. All results are confidential and are only released to the certificate candidate. For exam security, no additional feedback will be provided to candidates about specific exam item answers.
After official PEARL notification of passing the exam, the candidate will be issued a certificate which will be readily available to print.
Renewal of Certification
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.