Exam Policies

CIW Exam Information Exam Security Policy

CIW's high-stakes certification exams are administered under secure, proctored conditions at authorized VUE testing centers worldwide. Pearson VUE helps confirm the identity of exam candidates, and provide a controlled environment for collecting and transmitting exam results.

The CIW program does not release questions or answers to exam items. This is a standard procedure for high-stakes certification exams, and helps maintain the value of the certification. All CIW exam content is copyrighted. To maintain the security and value of our program, we reserve the right to decertify and/or bar from examinations any individuals who republish or distribute our copyrighted certification exam questions.

Formal training is not a requirement for CIW certification. CIW recommends using Official CIW Curriculum and preparation tools, including practice exams. See the CIW Store for more details, or ask your preferred training provider. Regardless, candidates are free to pursue any form and source of training and test preparation that suits their needs. However, candidates who are discovered to have used "braindump" sites may be decertified. Braindumps are collections of exam items that have been stolen from high-stakes certification exams. Several international organizations publish, distribute and sell these items illegally, under thousands of different organization names and Internet domains. Using these collections is a violation of both the CIW Exam Agreement and the CIW Certification Agreement, and is grounds for decertification. If you are considering a practice test tool and are not sure of the legitimacy of the site, you can check it using CertGuard's free search tool at www.certguard.com/search.asp.

Exam Retake Policy

The CIW Exam Retake Policy outlines the conditions under which a candidate may retake a CIW exam. A waiting period between retakes of a single certification exam maintains the security of the exam and strengthens the value of the CIW certification. Each CIW exam is defined by a unique exam ID (e.g., 1D0-510). A retake is any subsequent sitting of an exam with the same CIW exam ID by the same candidate at any authorized testing center.

In the event that a candidate passes a CIW exam, the candidate will not be allowed to retake that CIW exam. If the CIW exam objectives change, the exam ID changes to reflect the new exam version. Candidates who have passed an exam may sit a newer version of the exam that may have the same title but a different ID number.

In the event that a candidate fails a CIW exam on his or her first attempt, a 24-hour waiting period is required between the first and second sittings of that CIW exam. Candidates who fail a second attempt are required to wait for a period of no less than thirty (30) calendar days from the date of the second sitting before any third or subsequent sitting of the same CIW exam.

Exams administered in any ways that do not comply with the CIW Exam Retake Policy shall be considered invalid and ineligible for a refund.

In the event that a candidate has violated this Exam Retake Policy, the candidate may be deemed ineligible to register for or schedule any CIW exam for a minimum period of twelve (12) months from the date of such determination.

In addition, any candidate determined to have violated the CIW Exam Retake Policy* may be subject to any or all of the following:

  • Denial of a specific CIW certification for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of such determination;
  • Revocation of a specific CIW certification, if such certification had been previously granted to the candidate;
  • Revocation of all CIW certifications previously granted to the candidate;
  • Ineligibility to receive any CIW certification for a minimum of twelve (12) months from the date of such determination;
  • Any other appropriate actions, including legal remedies, deemed necessary or appropriate to enforce the CIW Exam Retake Policy.

*Certification Partners, LLC, is a Member of the Information Technology Certification Security Council (ITCSC). ITCSC is an association formed for the establishment and recognition of standards, best practices and programs leading to enhanced security for IT certification programs. ITCSC's primary goal is to prevent unethical activities and practices that result in the invalidation of IT certifications by unqualified individuals. As an ITCSC Member, Certification Partners is obligated to report to ITCSC and its Members all violations of this Exam Retake Policy. Such violations are reported to ITCSC and its Members for the purpose of maintaining the value and ensuring the integrity of the certification exams of ITCSC's Membership and protecting the investments made by candidates in the certification programs of such Members. In addition to any action taken by Certification Partners, ITCSC and its other Members may take action against any candidate determined by Certification Partners to have violated the Certification Partners Exam Retake Policy, which action may include the invalidation of exam results, the denial of certification and the revocation of any certification previously issued by any or all ITCSC Members. For more information about ITCSC, visit: www.certsecurity.org.

Credit Card Fraud

Candidates (or other organizations operating on behalf of potential CIW certification candidates) who purchase exams or vouchers to take exams through credit card fraud are subject to decertification. Certification Partners, LLC, and its partners invest significant resources in the development of high-stakes certification exams and official CIW curriculum. We will not tolerate the theft of exam services that were purchased using stolen credit cards or any other fraudulent means.

Candidates are advised not to attempt to obtain exam vouchers or purchase exam attempts through any fraudulent means, including but not limited to presenting false identity or paying exam fees using stolen credit cards. Exams taken by fraudulent means will be disallowed and will be removed from the certification record. Any certification discovered to have been awarded as a result of a passing score on a fraudulently obtained exam will be cancelled and the candidate will be subsequently decertified. Candidates taking exams obtained through fraudulent means may be prohibited from future participation in the CIW or CTP programs for any period of time as determined by Certification Partners, LLC.