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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 apply to take the exam and fill out the applicatoin form on the Certification Page. Upload your transcript. Once approved you will be invoiced for the exam and registered for the exam. The exam will be located under your MY LEARNING tab. Once you launch the exam you have three hours to take it.
What if my organization "shares" ECFC education material? If you share ECFC education materials please include this on the Continuing Education Approval Request Form. There is a $20 per credit hour approval fee.
What if i have non-ECFC continuing education credits? Please fill out the Continuing Education Approval Request Form. There is a $20 per credit hour approval fee.
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.
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 at half the cost of the exam. Just apply again and check the "retake" box on the application. You will be invoiced and sent the exam link again.
When do I find out if I passed? Immediately after completion of your exam, a pop up screen will notify you whether you passed or failed.
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.
Guideline for using your ECFC Designation
Proper ECFC Designation Acronym and Logo Usage
As a designation graduate, you have permission to use the acronym or logo of the designation you have earned on your resume, business card/stationery, in personal advertising, etc. As such, you play a key role in helping ECFC preserve the recognition and value of our designation programs. Please review our Designation Guidelines to ensure you understand the proper designation acronym and logo usage.
The ECFC Education Committee encourages the authorized use of the logo, certificate, and designation acronym. Certificants who wish to use the ECFC designations may do so in the following manner:
John Doe, CFC, CAS
Flexible Compensation Specialist use FCS
Right Click on logo to "Save as" on your computer:
Certificates are located under your PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TAB in your ECFC Manage Profile. Click on the Certification and the “printer symbol”. Frame your certificate and display it in your office on your wall or shelf. Distinctively designed, this certificate will emphasize your professionalism to potential clients as well as your business relationships.
Where do you find your Certification - If you took your exam after August 1, 2018, upon passing your exam you will receive an email telling you that you passed and to click a link for your certificate. These are located in your learning dashboard under "grades". Also, you can find updated certificates for your renewals at:
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.