- Category: Applying
- Published: 18 November 2015
IFBA certifications are available to a wide range of professionals working with and around biological materials in functions such as biorisk management & biosafety officers, laboratory scientists, technicians, researchers, facility operations & maintenance personnel, biocontainment design engineers & architects, educators, consultants and policy makers. Each applicant must take time to assess and judge his/her own readiness to apply and take the certification examinations. A careful review of the knowledge and task statements in the exam content outline, the sample exam questions, and references is essential before candidates make the decision to apply for certification.
Applications for certification are accepted at any time but must be submitted via the Certifior link at https://ifba.certifior.com. The Guide to Using Certifior will assist individuals with the on-line application process. Applicants must complete all the preequisites before being able to sit for the examination including an agreement to abide by the Code of Conduct and Statement of Confidentiality. Once the candidate completes their application and attests to the Code of Conduct and Statement of Confidentiality in Certifior they will be eligible to sit for the examination.
The certification application fee for Level 1 Professional Certification in each technical discipline is set at $200.00USD to cover administration costs. For convenience, the online Certifior application system enables payment of fees by credit card on the website. Payments can also be made by cash or cheque on-site at examination sessions held in conjunction with Member conferences. Please note that only the following currencies are accepted: CAD, USD, EURO, GBP and AUD. Certification application fees are non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the examination. If a candidate’s application is rejected because of ineligibility, only a portion of the fee (i.e. $100.00USD) will be returned to cover costs of processing and reviewing the application. The recertification fee for Level 1 Professional Certification in each technical discipline is set at $150.00USD to cover the costs of reviewing the application and administering the recertification process for each candidate. Recertification application fees are non-refundable regardless of the outcome.
In order to increase accessibility of the certification program internationally and in particular to resource-limited countries around the globe, the IFBA implements an international scholarship fee structure. The scholarship program is designed to empower those needing international credentials in biorisk management who live in resource-limited countries where economic circumstances impact their ability to pay the full certification and recertification fees.
Applicants who currently reside and have responsibility for biorisk management in eligible countries will receive discounted fee pricing of $100.00USD for all PC certifications (if a candidate’s application is rejected because of ineligibility, only $50.00USD of the fee will be returned), and, a non-refundable fee pricing of $70.00USD for all PC recertifications.