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CIW Certification Agreement

Candidates must review and accept the CIW Certification Agreement to receive any CIW certification. The CIW Certification Agreement describes your rights and responsibilities as a member of the CIW certification program. The CIW certification program cannot provide a candidate with an official certificate until that candidate accepts the CIW Certification Agreement. You can review and accept the CIW Certification Agreement in the CIW Candidate Information Center.

If you have never logged in before, click the I Want To Register With The CIW Program link. If you have already taken one or more exams, click the I Have A CIW Score Report And Would Like To Login link. In either case, you will be instructed to create a login user name and password, which you can use again in the future to access your certification information.

The CIW Candidate Information Center has many useful tools so that you can publish your credentials electronically, verify your information, download logos, and monitor your complete CIW certification history.

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Testing Centers

CIW exams are available worldwide through Pearson VUE and Prometric. CIW exam candidates must complete a registration process with either Pearson VUE or Prometric, schedule an exam appointment, and arrange to pay the exam fee. Many CIW training providers offer Pearson VUE or Prometric testing services. Check with your training providers.

Pearson_VUE

Pearson VUE Candidates can register for CIW exams online with Pearson VUE at the CIW exam registration page at www.pearsonvue.com/CIW. Follow the instructions on Pearson VUE's site for details on registering for exams. You may also register in person at any authorized Pearson VUE testing center.

 
Prometric

Prometric Candidates can register for CIW exams online with Prometric at www.prometric.com/CIW. Click the Start button to proceed with scheduling an exam and locating a test center.

Both Prometric and VUE require the following information to register you for CIW exams:

  • Exam title and code number
  • The testing partner name -- "CIW (INTERNET CERTIFICATION)"
  • Prometric or VUE ID number
  • Complete mailing address and phone number information. The information will be used for mailing your CIW certificate(s), so please update this with Prometric or Pearson VUE when necessary
  • Date and time you want to take the exam
  • Method of payment (credit card, check or voucher)

CIW Associate + Linux Essentials Exam Bundle

Certification Partners and the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) now offer a combined certification program that pairs your choice of CIW Internet Business Associate or the CIW Network Technology Associate certification with LPI’s new Linux Essentials Certificate of Achievement exam.

Note: The Linux Essentials Certificate of Achievement exam is not delivered through VUE testing centers. Please visit the Affiliate Locations page on the LPI site to request local testing center information from your closest Master Affiliate.


Accommodations for Candidates with Disabilities

Prometric and Pearson VUE can provide accommodations for candidates with disabilities. Accommodations may include extended exam time, scratch paper, readers, or other measures as deemed necessary.

Call the Prometric or Pearson VUE registration telephone number for your country to arrange accommodations. Be prepared to submit documentation of your disability to Prometric or Pearson VUE for their review.

Accommodation requests are forwarded from Prometric and Pearson VUE to CIW for approval. CIW recommends making any accommodations requests as early as possible. Candidates who require accommodations must make their request to Prometric or Pearson VUE at least 30 days before the scheduled exam appointment.

Some forms of accommodation may not be available at a specific Prometric or Pearson VUE exam center.

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Payment Arrangements

You must pay for a CIW exam before you can take it. Payment is made at the time of registration, either by voucher, credit card or check. After the check has cleared, an exam date and time can be scheduled.

When you make an exam appointment, you will receive instructions about cancellation procedures and directions to the testing center location. Testing center information is also available through the Prometric Test Center Locator at www.prometric.com/CIW, or on the Pearson VUE Web site at http://www.vue.com/CIW

Note that exam fees are not refundable. If you schedule an exam then do not take it, you are not eligible for a refund of the exam fee. If you need to cancel or reschedule an exam, contact the testing service provider directly BEFORE the scheduled exam date. If you purchase an exam voucher or receive one as part of a Self-Study Kit or other bundled curriculum, the voucher is valid for one year from date of purchase. Vouchers cannot be extended or refunded. It is the candidate's responsibility to use the voucher prior to its expiration

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Exam Fees

The fees for CIW exams administered in the United States or Canada are listed in the following table. International candidates should contact their local Prometric or Pearson VUE testing center to determine the exact pricing in the local currency.

CIW Exam Title CIW Exam ID Testing Center Exam Fee in U.S. Dollars
CIW Web Foundations Associate 1D0-510 (Ret. 12/31/2013) and 1D0-610 $150
CIW Internet Business Associate 1D0-51A (Ret. 12/31/2013) and 1D0-61A $150
CIW Site Development Associate 1D0-51B (Ret. 12/31/2013) and 1D0-61B $150
CIW Network Technology Associate 1D0-51C (Ret. 12/31/2013) and 1D0-61C $150
CIW Web Design Specialist 1D0-520 $150
CIW E-Commerce Specialist 1D0-525 $150
CIW JavaScript Specialist 1D0-435 $150
CIW Perl Specialist 1D0-437 $150
CIW Database Design Specialist 1D0-541 $150
CIW Web Security Associate 1D0-571 $150
Note that the following exams were retired in June 2011
CIW Security Analyst 1D0-470 $150
CIW Application Developer 1D0-430 $150
CIW Enterprise Specialist 1D0-442 $150
CIW Server Administrator 1D0-450 $150
CIW Internetworking Professional 1D0-460 $150

CIW Exam Fee Receipts


If you need a receipt for your exam fees, you should request the receipt from the testing center manager at the time you pay for the exam. CIW cannot provide receipts for testing centers.

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Test Taking

Before the Exam
You should arrive at the testing center at least 15 minutes before the test is scheduled to begin. Identify yourself to the administrator. Two forms of identification are required. Both forms of identification must carry your signature. One form of identification must have your photograph. Suitable forms of identification include:

  • Driver's license
  • Passport
  • Government ID card
  • Company ID card
  • Major credit card

You will then have the opportunity to learn how to use the computer-based testing system. This tutorial session is not part of the CIW exam and will not count against the time allotted to complete the exam.

Books, calculators, laptop computers, notes, scratch paper, and any reference materials are not allowed during any CIW exam. Because CIW exams are computer-based, you will not need pens, pencils or paper to write the exam.

During the Exam
The exam will display a brief opening screen and some initial instructions. You will be asked to acknowledge the CIW Exam Agreement. The CIW Exam Agreement protects the copyrighted content of our high-stakes exams. Exam items and materials may not be disclosed or discussed in any portion with others, or posted or published in any forum or through any medium whatsoever, or in any manner disclosed, either orally, through notes, or transmitted electronically in any forum or in any way whatsoever. Acceptance of the CIW Exam Agreement is required before you can proceed with the exam.

Many CIW exams are divided into modules, based on the job skills and requirements included in each exam. During the exam, there is no visual indication or signal that the exam is asking a question from a different module. Questions from all modules are randomly mixed during delivery. Your exam results will include module scores where applicable.

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Results

CIW Exam Score Report
As soon as you complete a CIW certification exam, you will see your score results immediately on your computer screen. You will also receive a hard copy of the score report from the testing center manager. This score report should print immediately after you complete the CIW exam. Keep a copy of this score report as proof that you have completed the exam. It contains valuable information that is needed for verification purposes and authentication into the CIW Candidate Information Center.

The score report shows whether you passed or failed the exam. The report also indicates your score on each section of the exam, if any. The score report does not include any information on specific questions. Incomplete (unanswered) questions are scored as incorrect; no partial credit is awarded on any items.

To pass a CIW exam, a candidate must:

  • Earn a total score that is equal to or more than the passing score for that exam. This passing score is listed on the Exam Guide Web page, and is clearly indicated on the Pearson VUE and Prometric exam screens and the official exam score report that are produced when the candidate ends the CIW examination.
  • On certain CIW exams that have two or more graded sections, the candidate must also correctly answer a minimum percentage of the items in each section.

On some CIW exams, it is not possible to earn the exact percentage cut score in one or more exam sections. For these exams, the first breakpoint above the ccut score is used to determine the Pass or Fail status of a section.

Example: A section on an exam has 12 questions. The minimum score for that section is 70%. The first breakpoint above the 70% minimum for a 12-item section is 9 questions, representing a 75% score or a passing score on this module. Marking 8 questions correct would result in a module grade of 66.67%, which is below the minimum 70% cut score for sections and thus would count as a failing score.

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Exam Security Policy

CIW exams are administered under secure, proctored conditions at Authorized Prometric and VUE testing centers worldwide. Prometric and Pearson VUE 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 questions. This is a standard procedure for high-stakes certification exams to maintain the value of the certification. All CIW exam items are 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 materials.

Formal training is not a requirement for CIW certification. CIW recommends using Official CIW Curriculum and preparation tools, including our online 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. There are several international organizations that steal, publish, distribute and sell these items illegally, under thousands of different organization names and Internet domains. Using these products 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 http://www.certguard.com/search.asp.

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Exam Retake Policy

The CIW Exam Retake Policy outlines the conditions under which a candidate may retake a CIW exam that he or she has taken and not passed. 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.

If 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.

If 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 the second attempt at a CIW exam are required to wait for a period of no fewer than thirty (30) calendar days from the date of the previous 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 for certification and ineligible for a refund.

If 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.

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CIW Certificates

After you pass the exam(s) necessary for your CIW certification and have completed the CIW Certification Agreement as well as any other requirements, the appropriate certification is awarded automatically. Certification rules and events are tracked within the CIW Candidate Information Center database. Candidates are encouraged to monitor their status there. Certificates may be distributed either electronically as PDF files, or as hard-copy paper certificate mailed via U.S. Postal Service. Certification Partners reserves the right to distribute certificates in either manner (electronically or hard copy). Hard-copy certificates are mailed from our office in Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.. Please allow up to eight weeks for delivery of international mail. Please do not contact Prometric or Pearson VUE regarding CIW certificates.

Certificates are awarded once a candidate has completed all requirements for a certification track. Consult the CIW Program section for complete details on how exams map to certifications.

If your certification has not been awarded within 90 days of passing the required exams, click here or contact our CIW Certification Department. Please include your full name, postal address and the complete information from your CIW exam score report, including the registration ID, in your message. This information is necessary for tracking your exam results and reviewing your record in the CIW Candidate Information Center.

CIW Business Card Logos
CIW logos are available for download from the CIW Candidate Information Center (where you completed your Certification Agreement).Log in and click the Download Center button to access them.

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Publishing Credentials Electronically
Candidates can electronically publish proof of their CIW credentials to any third party, free of charge. To do this, log in to the CIW Candidate Information Center and select the Publish Credentials menu option. You will be asked to select the credential(s) you want to publish, and provide the e-mail address of the person or organization to which you are sending the credentials. You can also include a brief message. An e-mail message will be sent to the address(es) provided with instructions for the recipient to click a URL and supply a password, which is provided in the e-mail. The recipient then has a one-time access to a Web page that displays your certification information, including the date(s) earned. Note that exam scores cannot be shared in this way - only verification of earned certifications are displayed.


CIW Credential Designations

We encourage you to list your CIW certification credentials and corresponding logos on your resume, business cards or personal Web site. CIW credentials are never abbreviated or shortened into acronyms; they should always be spelled out in full.

For example:
Inge Krauss, CIW Web Foundations Associate

Additional CIW credentials can be listed in sequence, separated by commas, as they are earned.

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