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Exam Content
Examinations for Level 1 Professional Certifications (PC) are objective, multiple-choice tests consisting of 100 questions. The examinations are closed-book; referring to notes, study guides, books and other reference materials are not permitted during the examination. The examination content is based on a Job Task Analysis which surveyed biorisk management professionals worldwide on the knowledge they require and tasks they perform under major categories (called “domains). Each question on the examination is directly linked to these task and knowledge statements. Data collected on the importance, criticality, and frequency of the knowledge and task statements was used to determine the percentage of exam questions related to each domain (called the exam “blueprint”). Please refer to the exam content for a complete list of task and knowledge statements, sample questions and references.
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Taking the Exam
IFBA certification exams are offered in conjunction with our Member conferences and events around the world. Additionally, candidates can take the examination online using the FastTest and Software Secure’s Remote Proctor technology. This system allows candidates to take the exam at a convenient time of their choosing and from their own office or home. The process identifies a candidate and records video, audio and computer screen capture which is simultaneously communicated to a restricted-access secure server and reviewed for examination integrity. The Guide to Online Certification Exams will assist individuals through the process of setting up their computer and exam room environment, validating their identify and answering the examination questions through FastTest via their computer.
Download the Guide to Online Certification Exams here

Candidates must present valid photo identification with signature in order to take an IFBA examination. Detailed instructions on taking the exam will be provided to each candidate when they register on-line through the Certifior system based on the exam format and location selected. All candidates taking the exam are required to abide by a statement of confidentiality which restricts candidates from sharing any information about the examination with other individuals, including discussions with fellow test takers following the examination, and the sharing of information with colleagues who might be planning to take the examination in the near future.
Download the Statement of Confidentiality here

An applicant who wishes to request modifications in the examination environment because of a disability must notify the IFBA in writing at the time of application and provide appropriate documentation about the disability and the needed modification. Unless the applicant’s disability would prohibit certification for the requested technical disciplines, the IFBA will work directly with the applicant to make modifications in the testing environment which make it possible for an individual with a disability to take an examination under conditions which will accurately reflect the individual’s aptitude or achievement level.
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