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Frequently Asked Questions about Certification
How do I benefit from getting certified? You will benefit by gaining increased knowledge in the field, as well external recognition for obtaining a professional designation.
Where do I begin? You will select which credentialing program you would like to study and purchase the study program through ECFC.
What programs are available? You can choose from the following:
How do I get started preparing for the exam? Begin preparing for the examination by viewing the study program materials that includes PowerPoint slides, recordings and a study guide.
Is there a fee to take the exam? Yes, it is half the cost to take the exam after you successfully either complete the required study program and/or provide evidence of the required education credits.
How do I register to take the exam? You will contact ECFC and pay the exam fee. You will receive an email from the ECFC notifying you the exam is available electronically on your ECFC portal. The exam is available for 30 days after you have paid the fee. Once you start the exam you must complete it in one sitting.
Where should I take the exam? We recommend that you book a small meeting room so you do not have any distractions.
Is there a time limit on the exam? Yes, you have three hours to complete the exam.
Can I use my notes or study guides when preparing for the exam? No, this is not an open book exam.
What is the exam format?
The FCS Exam contains 75 multiple-choice questions.
The CFC Exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions.
The ACFC Exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions.
The CAS Exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions.
What if I fail the exam? You can retake the exam.
When do I find out if I passed? Immediately after completion of your exam, a pop up screen will notify you whether you passed.
What if you pass?
What do you need to do to maintain your ECFC Certification? Each certification has a minimum number of hours to maintain over a three year period.
The COBRA Administration Specialist (CAS) Certification requires 6 CEU’s to renew their certification in three years. Please note that EE’s who have earned the CAS designation should make special attempt to attend any COBRA related webinars.
How can you obtain continuing education credits to maintain your certification?
Continuing education credits can be earned by attending ECFC sponsored events that will include: ECFC Annual Conference, ECFC Annual Symposium, ECFC webinars, ECFC 2nd Wednesday Teleconference Series.
Non-ECFC continuing education may be approved by submitting course information and pay a separate $20 per hour CE fee.
Consider taking the next level examination. i.e. If you recently completed and took the FCS, consider preparing for and taking the CFC. Just remember that in order to sit for the CFC, you should have a minimum of three years in the industry.