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Steps to Certification

Obtaining the CPSATM and CPEA® certification is a journey you can take at your own pace. Once approved into the program, you have four years to successfully complete the exam parts. Start your journey today by following the six steps below:

Steps to Certification
  •   CREATE a profile in CCMS

    ​The IIA’s Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS) is a powerful, user-friendly application to help you apply for, register, complete, and maintain your certification and related information, while keeping you connected to and informed about BEAC’s certification programs. Click on the link below and follow the instructions to create your profile or to retrieve your CCMS login information or password. Once you have completed all required information, you will be able to APPLY into the certification program of your choice.

  •   APPLY into the certification program

    After you successfully complete your profile in CCMS, navigate to the “Complete a Form” section to begin the application process. Scroll down to the BEAC program and click on the desired certification application form. Complete the required information on the form.

  •   SUBMIT required documents

    Applicants have 90 days from submission of application to provide required documents for review and approval. If you do not submit the required documentation within 90 days, your application will expire and you will forfeit your application fee.

    Required documents include:

    • Two (2) Character Reference Forms
    • Education transcripts/diploma
    • Photo ID (current official driver’s license, passport or national identity card with indicated current status; expired documents will not be accepted)
    • Work Experience Form
    • Statement of Audit Experience Form (does not have to be submitted at time of application, but must be submitted prior to certification)
    • Formal Training Record Form (does not have to be submitted at time of application, but must be submitted prior to certification)

    Prepare and scan your documents and acceptable form of valid government issued photo identification.

    All documents must be scanned and uploaded through the Document Upload Portal in a manner that ensures the photo and text are clearly legible. Upload your documents using the Certification Document Upload Portal. Submit the document type accordingly per the drop down menu. You will not be able to register for the exam until your documents and application are approved. You can access the required forms by clicking on the links below. Samples are also provided.

  •   REGISTER for the exam

    You will receive notification from The IIA when you are approved into the program. The notification includes instructions and a link to CCMS to complete your exam part registration. You do not have to register for all exam parts at the same time. You can choose to register for and sit for all exam parts at the same time.

    You will need to schedule and sit for the exam part within one (1) year of the registration, otherwise, you will expire out of the registered status and registration fees will be forfeited.

    You will receive an “Authorization to Test” notification via email advising you to contact Pearson VUE to schedule your exam. You will be asked to wait 48 hours from receipt of notification before you contact Pearson VUE.

  •   SCHEDULE the exam

    The BEAC certification exams are available through computer-based testing, allowing you to test year-round at hundreds of locations worldwide. Candidates are able to sit for exams at any IIA-authorized Pearson VUE testing center worldwide, regardless of whether the testing center is located in your hometown or country. Access the Pearson VUE website to locate the testing center nearest you and follow the instructions to schedule your exam. All activities related to scheduling or rescheduling an exam are managed directly with Pearson VUE.

    Remember, your application and registration MUST be approved prior to scheduling your exam part.

  •   SIT for the exam

    You will receive a “Confirmation to Test” email notification from Pearson VUE with complete instructions to sit for your exam. Be sure to follow the instructions and:

    • Arrive at the test center early (at least 30 minutes)
    • Bring your Pearson VUE exam appointment confirmation letter with you
    • Present acceptable personal identification (must exactly match your name as it was provided during the exam registration process, is current, and an original document)
    • Check in for your test

    If you do not present acceptable ID at the time you are scheduled to take your exam, you will not be allowed to take your exam and you will be considered a no-show even though you appeared at the exam site.

    Prior to beginning the exam, you will be required to confirm that you will abide by the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). If you are not able to abide by the agreement, you will not be able to test and will forfeit your exam fee.

Retaking the Exam

If you passed an exam part, you are not permitted to retake that exam part again unless your certification program eligibility expires prior to your completing all the requirements. In that situation, you must wait three years to retake a previously passed exam part.

If you failed your exam part, you must wait at least 90 days before you can retake the exam part. You can re-register for the exam part and schedule your new test appointment as soon as your exam results are published to CCMS; however, the earliest appointment date that you will be able to select will be 90 days from the date you last took that exam part. You must submit a new registration form with payment to retake a failed examination.

The Candidate Handbook contains all the details you need.

Download Candidate Handbook

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

If you have a physical or medical condition that requires modification to the test administration conditions, immediately upon submitting your exam registration and prior to scheduling with Pearson VUE, please contact Gabriel Marquez in The IIA’s Global Certifications Department at +1-407-937-1277 or Gabriel.Marquez@theiia.org. Gabriel will assist you through the process to obtain your testing accommodations. Requests may take 30 days or more to implement, depending on the nature of the accommodation needed.

FAQ
  •   What if I am denied certification?

    The applicant will have 90 days after application to submit the preliminary documentation and obtain approval of the application. An applicant has up to four years from the date the initial application is approved to pass the written examination. Should an applicant be denied certification, the applicant may submit an appeal for review as follows:

    • Any applicant denied certification may challenge the denial by filing a written notice of appeal with Certification staff within thirty days after receipt of the denial notice.
    • Certification staff must act on appeals within thirty days. Written notice of their actions must be sent to appellant.
    • Any applicant whose appeal is rejected by the Certification staff may file a second notice of appeal with the BEAC Board of Directors. The notice of appeal must be submitted, in writing, within ten days after receipt of notice of the denial of the initial appeal by the Certification staff.
    • The BEAC Board must act on the appeal within thirty days. Written notice of the decision must be provided to the appellant.
    • For all appeals, appellants must provide detailed explanations as to the basis for the appeal.
    • All appeals must be directed to the Certification staff.
  •   Certification Exam Exemption and Retake Policy

    Most of the BEAC certification examinations are set on a three-part module basis: Part I (multiple choice); Part II (multiple choice and/or short answer); Part III (essay). An applicant who passes Part I of their initial certification exam may be exempt from taking Part I of any subsequent certification exam they apply for within five years.

    An applicant who does not pass their initial certification exam (an average total score of 70% or better) may carry forward, up to five years, the score of the module/s of the exam that they do pass and only retake that module/s of the exam that they did not pass.

    Those holding the following certifications are exempt from Part I of any of the BEAC exams: CIA®, CPA®.

    Those holding the following certifications are exempt from Part II of the BEAC Health & Safety exam: CSP, CIH, CRSP.

    Those holding the following certification are exempt from Part III of the BEAC Environmental Compliance exam: CHMM.

    Certification Examinations

    • Part I is the same for all exams, consisting of 131 multiple choice questions focused on Audit Principles, Standards, and methodology.
    • Part II is different for each exam, and can include multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions focused on the specialty’s technical subject matter (legislation and regulations).
    • Part III consists of essay questions, different for each exam specialty. There is no essay requirement for the CPSA exam.
  •   What is the pass rate for the BEAC exams?

    ​Exam Pass Rate Percentages (as of 10/31/13)

    Based on # parts taken​ ​ ​ ​ ​Applicants passed**
    ​Exam Type ​Part I* ​Part II* ​Part III*
    ​Environmental Compliance ​92.9% ​66.3% ​64.0% ​87.4%
    ​Health & Safety ​90.8% ​40.0% ​47.7% ​76.1%
    ​Management System ​93.1% ​74.4% ​55.6% ​88.9%
    ​Responsible Care® ​71.1% ​47.1% ​71.4% ​75.3%
    ​Process Safety (still in BETA review)
    • Part I is the same for all exams, consisting of 131 multiple choice questions focused on Audit Principles, Standards, and methodology.
    • Part II is different for each exam, and can include multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions focused on the specialty’s technical subject matter (legislation and regulations).
    • Part III consists of essay questions, different for each exam specialty.
    • *Pass rates by exam part is based on the total number of times the part was taken; some applicants take the part more than once.

      **Overall pass rate is based on number of applicants who passed the exam; some applicants take the exam more than once in order to pass.

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