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Testing Announcement: Enhanced Prometric security policies regarding eyewear and jewelry

Our testing partner, Prometric has recently implemented additional screening procedures for eyewear, jewelry and other accessories.  Please read the announcement below for complete details of the new policy.

Enhanced security policies to take effect in all U.S. Prometric Test Centers on October 15th, 2016

Prometric takes its role of providing a secure test environment seriously. Beginning on October 15th, 2016, Prometric Test Center Administrators (TCAs) will conduct stricter inspections of any and all eyeglasses, jewelry and other accessories to inspect for camera devices that could be used to capture exam content.

  • All candidates will be required to remove their eyeglasses for close visual inspection by a TCA.  These inspections will take a few seconds and will be done at check-in and again upon return from breaks.  
  • Jewelry outside of wedding and engagement rings is prohibited. Candidates should not wear other jewelry to the test center.  Medical alert bracelets are permitted and subject to inspection.
  • Hair accessories, ties and bowties are subject to inspection.  Candidates should refrain from wearing ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands, tie clips, cuff links and other accessories as they may be prohibited from wearing them in to the testing room and asked to store them in their locker.
  • If a candidate is caught with a camera device prior to entering the testing room, the Prometric TCA will confiscate the item and the candidate will not be permitted to test.
  • If a candidate is caught with a camera device while in the testing room, the TCA will confiscate the items and the exam will be terminated.

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    Some local ISCEBS chapters offer scholarships to help defray costs for students in their geographic area. If you are in the Central Ohio, Greater BostonMilwaukee or Oregon Cascades areas, visit the links above to learn more. Each chapter administers its award independently and eligibility criteria vary. Complete details are available by visiting the links above.
  • Exam Appointment Changes
    You may reschedule or cancel an exam appointment by calling Prometric at (800) 226-7955 or online at using the Reschedule/Cancel option. Both are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Effective April 2012 there will be no charge to reschedule or cancel an exam appointment 13 or more business days before your scheduled test date. Rescheduling or canceling appointments between 3 and 12 business days before your scheduled test date will result in a $50 rescheduling fee assessed by Prometric. See the CEBS Examination Handbook for more information.
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    Recent changes to health care reform, including the repeal of the employee voucher provision and the halting of the CLASS program, enacted after the courses' publication are listed here. The corresponding examinations also reflect these changes.
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