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​How to Register for an Exam

Once you have selected a course, your next step is to choose when you would like to take your exam. Choosing a testing window establishes your exam eligibility and allows you to take your exam at any time during the selected testing window. You will select a testing window for your exam but do not need to schedule a specific date and/or time within that window for your virtual exam.  

If you previously purchased your exam and need to transfer to a future window, you will need to use the online order form or downloadable order form to pay the transfer fee and request a future window.

Please note, you must submit your order to purchase your exam at least five business days before the end of the window you have selected.

For detailed exam information, visit the Virtual Exams page or scroll down on this page.



Once you have selected a course, your next step is to choose when you would like to take your exam. Choosing a testing window establishes your exam eligibility and allows you to take your exam at any time during the selected testing window. You will select a testing window for your exam but do not need to schedule a specific date and/or time within that window for your virtual exam.

If you previously purchased your exam and need to transfer to a future window, you will need to use the online order form or downloadable order form to pay the transfer fee and request a future window.

Please note, you must submit your order to purchase your exam at least five business days before the end of the window you have selected.

For detailed exam information, visit the Virtual Exams page or scroll down on this page.

​Exam Process

Ready for your exam? Apply for a CEBS exam and select a testing window. You do not need to schedule a specific date and/or time within that window for your exam.

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​Important Exam Updates

The Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Program (CEBS) offers all exams exclusively in a virtual format. All exams are offered within four testing windows:

Window 1:          January 15-March 15
Window 2:          April 15-June 15
Window 3:          July 15-September 15
Window 4:          October 15-December 15


Exam registrations are available online or through a printable order form. Please note, you must submit your order to purchase your exam at least five business days before the end of the window you have selected. You will receive exam access instructions once your order has been processed (approximately 3-5 business days). You will select a testing window for your exam but do not need to schedule a specific date and/or time within that window for your virtual exam.

Access your exam when the testing window opens, and complete any time until 11:59 p.m. ET on the final day of the window. If you do not complete by the deadline, the exam will be removed from your account. You will need to register and pay a transfer fee for another exam. Please keep in mind that customer service support is available to assist with exam access related questions Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm CST.

In order to take an exam, you must have a device with internet access, the Chrome browser, a webcam and microphone that is a non-mac platform. Make sure you have your valid, government-issued photo ID with you when you are ready to take the exam as it is required. Allow additional time prior the start of the two-hour timed exam to download the required extension and complete the pre-exam steps. 

Each exam is a two-hour timed exam consisting of 100 multiple choice questions. When you purchase the exam for each course, you will receive an email with exam access instructions for your selected testing window. Below is detailed information on the exam process.

Prior to Starting the Exam

Please approach your on-line exam as you would an in-person exam with your workspace clear of any materials in a quiet environment free of distractions. You are required to take the exam using a device with a microphone and webcam.

Which Internet browser is required to take the exam?
Google Chrome is the only browser compatible with the virtual exam process. Once in the exam environment and prior to launching the timed exam, you will be required to download a Chrome extension provided by Proctorio for added security.

Will I be required to present identification within the exam environment prior to launching the exam?
Yes, you will be required to present to your computer screen your valid, government-issued photo ID to validate your identity and protect the integrity of the exam. Failure to complete this required step will invalidate your exam and you will forfeit your exam fee.

CEBS Virtual Exam Code of Conduct

You will also be required to agree to the CEBS Virtual Exam Code of Conduct before launching your exam. To review the Code of Conduct, please visit www.cebs.org/ExamCode
 
Will I be able to earn Continuing Education Credit for completing my course by passing my exam?

Some state boards require that self-study exams be taken in a proctored (monitored) environment.  It is your responsibility to confirm CE rules that apply to you before completing an application for a virtual exam. The Proctorio extension is not a proctored environment for CE purposes. If your state board requires a monitored exam, you MUST complete the Continuing Education Monitor Affidavit and return it per the instructions on the form.  Failure to return a required form will result in no credit being reported. 

Proctor requirements may vary by state, but in general a proctor must meet these requirements:

• Must be over 18 years old

• Must be a disinterested third-party with no financial interest in promoting a successful examination result

• May be a co-worker provided there is no direct reporting relationship

• Must not be anyone in direct line of authority with the examinee (not an employee, employer, or supervisor)

• Must not have a family interest in the success of the examinee

• Must not be a teacher or former pupil

• Must commit to being in the room with the examinee for the entire virtual online exam.


During the Exam Taking Process

What role does the Proctorio extension play in the exam-taking process?
The Proctorio component provides audio, video and screen recordings during your exam.  Proctorio only records during an exam.  Recording starts right as you enter the exam, after the diagnostics pre-check and exam agreement have been completed. Recording stops when you submit or close the exam.

What behavior is flagged by Proctorio during the exam process?
To protect the integrity of the exam, behaviors monitored include eye movement, background noise, time away from the computer, etc. You must complete the exam without assistance from any other persons and may not communicate with anyone during the exam. You must take the examination in a space that is private and clear of all extraneous materials such as study notes, course materials, programmable calculators, erasable whiteboards and all mobile devices including cell phones, handheld computers and additional computer monitors. Each CEBS exam is a timed exam and once the exam starts, the timer continues to run and cannot be paused. All results are final, numerical scores are not released, and grading is on a Pass/Non-Pass basis.

Can Proctorio access any of my personal computer files or data or have access to my web history?
No, Proctorio does not access any files or data stored on your computer nor does it have access to your web browser history.

After Taking the Exam

Who reviews the recordings of my exam process?
Only approved representatives of the CEBS program have access to your audio, video and screen recordings. The CEBS Program reserves the right to follow up on potential breaches of exam integrity and affirm responses meet the standards of certification or the CEBS Program can disallow the results.
 

Once I install Proctorio, is it always on?
No. Proctorio only runs during an exam. You can tell when Proctorio is "on" because the Proctorio extension shield icon will turn green. Since Proctorio is a browser extension, it can be uninstalled or disabled immediately after an exam is submitted, and reinstalled or enabled in time for the next exam.


If you have additional questions, please reach out to the CEBS Customer Service team Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm CST at (800) 449-2327, option 3 or cebs@ifebp.org.



The Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Program (CEBS) offers all exams exclusively in a virtual format within four testing windows:

Window 1:          January 15-March 15
Window 2:          April 15-June 15
Window 3:          July 15-September 15
Window 4:          October 15-December 15

All exam registrations are available online or through a printable order form. Please note, you must submit your order to purchase your exam at least five business days before the end of the window you have selected. You will receive exam access instructions via email once your order has been processed (approximately 3-5 business days). You will select a testing window for your exam but do not need to schedule a specific date and/or time within that window for your virtual exam.

Access your exam when the testing window opens, and complete any time until 11:59 p.m. ET on the final day of the window. If you do not complete by the deadline, the exam will be removed from your account. You will need to register and pay a transfer fee for another exam. Please keep in mind that customer service support is available to assist with exam access related questions Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm CST.

In order to take an exam, you must have a device with internet access, the Chrome browser and a webcam. Make sure you have your valid, government-issued photo ID with you when you are ready to take the exam as it is required. Allow additional time prior the start of the two-hour timed exam to download the required extension and complete the pre-exam steps. 

Each exam is a two-hour timed exam consisting of 100 multiple choice questions. When you purchase the exam for each course, you will receive an email with exam access instructions for your selected testing window. Below is detailed information on the exam process.

Prior to Starting the Exam

Please approach your on-line exam as you would an in-person exam with your workspace clear of any materials in a quiet environment free of distractions. You are required to take the exam using a device with a webcam.

Which Internet browser is required to take the exam?
Google Chrome is the only browser compatible with the virtual exam process. Once in the exam environment and prior to launching the timed exam, you will be required to download a Chrome extension provided by Proctorio for added security.

Will I be required to present identification within the exam environment prior to launching the exam?
Yes, you will be required to present to your computer screen your valid, government-issued photo ID to validate your identity and protect the integrity of the exam. Failure to complete this required step will invalidate your exam and you will forfeit your exam fee.

CEBS Virtual Exam Code of Conduct

You will also be required to agree to the CEBS Virtual Exam Code of Conduct before launching your exam. To review the Code of Conduct, please visit www.cebs.org/ExamCode

Will I be able to earn Continuing Education Credit for completing my course by passing my exam?

Some provinces/territories require that self-study exams be taken in a proctored (monitored) environment.  It is your responsibility to confirm CE rules that apply to you before completing an application for a virtual exam. The Proctorio extension is not a proctored environment for CE purposes. If your province/territory board requires a monitored exam, you MUST complete the Continuing Education Monitor Affidavit and return it per the instructions on the form.  Failure to return a required form will result in no credit being reported. 

Proctor requirements may vary by province/territory, but in general a proctor must meet these requirements:

• Must be over 18 years old

• Must be a disinterested third-party with no financial interest in promoting a successful examination result

• May be a co-worker provided there is no direct reporting relationship

• Must not be anyone in direct line of authority with the examinee (not an employee, employer, or supervisor)

• Must not have a family interest in the success of the examinee

• Must not be a teacher or former pupil

• Must commit to being in the room with the examinee for the entire virtual online exam.


During the Exam Taking Process

What role does the Proctorio extension play in the exam-taking process?
The Proctorio component provides audio, video and screen recordings during your exam.  Proctorio only records during an exam.  Recording starts right as you enter the exam, after the diagnostics pre-check and exam agreement have been completed. Recording stops when you submit or close the exam.

What behaviour is flagged by Proctorio during the exam process?
To protect the integrity of the exam, behaviours monitored include eye movement, background noise, time away from the computer, etc. You must complete the exam without assistance from any other persons and may not communicate with anyone during the exam. You must take the examination in a space that is private and clear of all extraneous materials such as study notes, course materials, programmable calculators, erasable whiteboards and all mobile devices including cell phones, handheld computers and additional computer monitors. Each CEBS exam is a timed exam and once the exam starts, the timer continues to run and cannot be paused. All results are final, numerical scores are not released, and grading is on a Pass/Non-Pass basis.

 

Can Proctorio access any of my personal computer files or data or have access to my web history?
No, Proctorio does not access any files or data stored on your computer nor does it have access to your web browser history.
 

After Taking the Exam

Who reviews the recordings of my exam process?
Only approved representatives of the CEBS program have access to your audio, video and screen recordings. The CEBS Program reserves the right to follow up on potential breaches of exam integrity and affirm responses meet the standards of certification or the CEBS Program can disallow the results.
 

Once I install Proctorio, is it always on?
No. Proctorio only runs during an exam. You can tell when Proctorio is "on" because the Proctorio extension shield icon will turn green. Since Proctorio is a browser extension, it can be uninstalled or disabled immediately after an exam is submitted, and reinstalled or enabled in time for the next exam.


If you have additional questions, please reach out to the CEBS Customer Service team Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm CST at (833) 886-3749 or cancebs@ifebp.org.





CEBS Policies

Principles of conduct​ are standards of an aspirational and idealistic nature which serve as models of exemplary conduct. In order to support the basic objectives of high levels of competence, performance and ethical conduct, all persons who seek or obtain the CEBS designation are expected to comply with the letter and spirit of the Precertification Standards of Personal and Professional Conduct​ along with these Principles of Conduct. Review exam tips and policies here​.  

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