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Exams

You’ve gained the knowledge. Now make it official by sitting and passing your exam. In doing so, you’ll join the globally recognized community of IDPA-certified professionals and be in a position to promote your achievement.

The IDPA offer two options to sit your examinations.

Option 1 – For Classroom based courses, Instructors work in conjunction with Invigilators to host paper based exams. It is not a pre-requisite that you sit the exam immediately after your course. Speak with your ATP to understand more about this option.

Option 2 – For our Live Online delivery, exams are hosted by Pearson Vue, via it’s remote facility known as Online Proctoring. This, in simple terms means you can sit the exam at home or in your office, whichever is your preference. Once you have completed your training course, (whether it be via an ATP or our self study route), you may schedule your exam at a time and location to suit your needs. Simply log in to the IDPA website, purchase/schedule your exam at a time and day convenient for you. You’ll get an email with step-by-step instructions telling you how. Testing is available year round and may be scheduled up to 90 days in advance.

Exam Criteria – Pearson VUE’s online proctor option allows our exam candidate’s the ability to take the exam remotely, only if they meet three simple criteria;

  • Quiet, private location
  • Reliable computer with a web camera and microphone.
  • Strong internet connection.

Online testing is limited to proctor availability, so be sure to look at the open exam slots as you plan for your testing date. This form of testing is unavailable in certain countries, so be sure to visit Pearson VUE for the availability near you. Immediately after scheduling your exam, you will receive instructions to verify your space meets the technical specifications, and to install the online proctoring application and secure browser (“Installer”), so you can access your exam.


Schedule an Exam

I Have Already Purchased an IDPA Certification Exam. How Do I Schedule Online Proctoring?
  • Go to the My Purchases section of your “MyIDPA” account on https://www.idpa.org
  • You will see the name of your exam under the My Exams heading.
  • When you are prompted to select if you need a special accommodation, choose NO. You will be directed to Pearson VUE’s scheduling platform. (Special accommodations are unavailable through onVUE, but you may contact us if you need further assistance.)
  • You will be asked to select your Exam Delivery Option. You will then select an available date and time
Schedule Your Remote Exam

Purchase Your Exam

I Would Like to Purchase an IDPA Exam with Remote Proctoring. How Do I Purchase with This Option?

Simply purchase your exam of choice through the IDPA store. As soon as you receive your Exam Coupon from us, schedule with OnVUE, Pearson VUE’s online proctoring platform using the steps listed above.

If you have already purchased your exam, you do not need to purchase an additional certification exam for remote proctoring.

Purchase Your Exam

Exam Success

For those delegates who are successful in the exam, there is no waiting period for results. Rather, delegates will be advised immediately of their passing score both on screen in the exam environment and via the email associated with their account.


Digital Exam Credentials

We are partnered with Credly (previously Acclaim) for the provision of digital credentials.
  • Promote your achievement on Social Media and to potential employers through Credly’s Credential verification tools
  • Make yourself visible to employers Credly’s Talent Directory
  • Supporting the gig economy – verification available anywhere, anytime
  • Access employment market insights
  • Share to your mobile wallet for on-the-job credential verification

Find out more by accessing Credly’s research paper on “The Future of Work: How Digital Credentials are going to be more impactful than Ever”

Didn’t pass first time? We offer a free resit within a 12 month window for any delegates who do not pass their Foundation exam first time. Our Training providers also offer free access to training materials over the same period – all designed to ensure your success.