All potential ARPAS applicants must submit a completed application form and payment of examination fee in the amount of $25.00.
Once all necessary materials are submitted, arrangements for the examination will be made by the ARPAS business office.
Any current ARPAS member who requests to take an additional exam will be required to pay the $25.00 examination fee for each exam requested.
ARPAS exams are offered as both a paper exam and electronic exam. We recommend that exams being administered at a meeting be done using a paper exam.
After the ARPAS business office has received the completed application and examination fee, the applicant will be contacted to begin the examination process.
Any ARPAS exam must be proctored by a current ARPAS member. If the applicant does not know of a current ARPAS member in their area, the business office will assist in finding an ARPAS member to proctor. Once a proctor is found, the applicant and proctor will work directly with each other to establish a date, time, and place for the exam to take place. When the proctor and applicant have decided on a date, time, and place for the exam, the proctor will be expected to send a confirmation to the business office. After the business office has received confirmation, the electronic exam login and instructions will be sent to the proctor and will not be given to the applicant until time of the exam. If a paper exam is being administered a copy will be sent to the proctor from the business office.
Because ARPAS exams are now offered electronically, the location of the exam must have Internet access and the applicant is expected to supply their own computer device to complete the exam (i.e., laptop, tablet). The proctor will be expected to remain present with the applicant while the exam is in progress.
The business office and applicants will receive a pass or fail notice immediately after exam completion. Once the exam is completed, the business office will be in contact with the applicant to explain the final steps of application completion.
If the exam is not passed on the first attempt, the applicant will be allowed to retake the same exam for free after a 30-day waiting period. However, the exam must be retaken within 90 days of the original testing date. If the exam is not taken within the 90-day period, the applicant must repay the examination fee. Also, the applicant may directly contact their proctor to inquire if they will proctor for their exam again.
Please contact the ARPAS Business Office for exams being administered at a meeting or for large scale exam sessions.