The purpose of certification is to:
- Assure the public a minimum level of competency for quality service by certified professionals.
- Give professional recognition through a process that examines demonstrated work competencies.
- Assure the maintenance of professional competency.
- Promote professional and ethical practice by enforcing adherence to a Code of Ethics.
Certification is a three-part process: Application, Examination and Maintenance
This first phase requires applicants to gather verifiable documentation to prove they have met the formal education, training, on-the-job experience, direct supervision, and other standards established for the credential. Specific requirements, including application standards, policy, mandatory forms, and fees are provided here.
Two Ways to Apply – FCB offers two ways to apply for your certification.
1. Online Electronic Certification Applications
Our preference is that you apply online using the FCB Application Portal. Online applications offer the quickest processing time.
You can access the Application Portal here. If you are using the system for the first time, you will be required to complete a brief registration process prior to completing the certification application online.
The various Candidate Guides for Application contain the Certification Application form, which should be used as a worksheet for completing the online application fields of information. Some of the forms, such as the Training Verification Form will need to be completed separately and uploaded into the online application system at the time of application. Other forms will have to be completed by specific individuals, such as supervisors, and sent to the FCB.
2. Download, Print, and Mail
If you choose to submit your application in hard-copy format, the application forms are available as editable PDF documents. These forms are located with the corresponding certification here. Here are the steps: 1) locate and save the appropriate form(s) to your computer; 2) open the file and fill in the information using the fields provided; 3) print and verify application is complete before mailing. It is preferred that the forms be typed instead of completed by hand. There is a $25 processing fee for all manually submitted applications.
In the second phase, applicants take mandatory tests after the FCB has approved the application.
All examinations are administered using a Computer Based Testing (CBT) process. CBT is an on-demand process allowing a candidate to take an exam at an approved testing site. Once approved by the FCB, pre-registers the candidate directly with the testing company. The testing company will then be in direct contact with the candidate to complete the registration process, selection of date, time and location of exam and other related details. Candidates receive their exam results immediately upon completion of the exam. In the event of a failed exam, a candidate may retest after a waiting period of 30 days from the date of the failed exam.
The FCB will provide special accommodations to eligible examination candidates pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please carefully review the Examination Policy for additional details regarding registration, examination administration, scoring, electronic testing and other issues.
The certification maintenance phase includes several requirements:
- Annual or biennial continuing education.
- Annual or biennial renewal fee payment.
- Adherence to the FCB Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct.
Please carefully review the Continuing Education Policy, Renewal Policy and the Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures for additional details on maintaining certification.