Preparing to Take Certification Exams

Preparing to Take Certification Exams


NAFA's Learning Management System (LMS), via the Computer Based Testing (CBT) platform, allows candidates to test virtually anytime and anyplace.

Prior to taking exams, you will need to ensure your computer meets the CBT requirements and understand how your environment may affect using the CBT and the Artificial Intelligence (AI) proctoring.



In order to test using the LMS platform and CBT, you must have access to a computer with internet access, a working webcam, and a microphone.

This can be your employer’s computer or your personal computer. 

If you don’t have access to a computer, there are libraries or testing centers that can provide you access to one. Please search for those nearby.

The browser supported by the CBT is Chrome ONLY, and you will need to ensure the browser is installed before starting your exam.
Once you begin, the platform will alert you if your webcam doesn’t work, if your browser is not compatible, or if you do not have adequate lighting.

If your computer does not meet the requirements you will not be able to continue the exam.

To verify your equipment meets requirements, a few weeks in advance of taking your exams, go to NAFA’s 
Equipment Readiness Check.

Performing the Readiness Check in advance ensures your equipment will be ready when you want to begin your exams. 


CBT Environment

Here are guidelines to follow when selecting your ideal location for taking your exams:

  • Choose a private, well-lit space (note that no one can enter the room while you are taking the exam)
  • Mute all phones and remote devices
  • Have only one monitor or device available to take the exam

Also, ensure you have your government-issued photo ID available. You will be asked to show it.
To emphasize the importance of the location of where you choose to take the exam(s), NAFA would like to be clear that the Artificial Intelligence (AI) proctoring closely observes your movements while you are taking your exam. The entire process is monitored.
Here are some examples of what to do and to avoid while testing:


  • Test in a location where you will not have distractions, including the possibility of other people or even pets disturbing you.
  • Do not use a computer with more than one monitor. The AI is built to see you straight-on (NOT from an angle), looking into the screen with the exam. If your webcam is not built in to the top of the monitor you are using, set up your webcam to be at that height and angle.
  • Turn off your phone and put it away
  • Do not open other browsers or software programs, or have other browsers or programs open during the exam
  • Concentrate on the exam and do not look around the room
  • Do not stand up or walk around
  • Do not have food or drinks in the area
  • Do not talk to other people
  • If you need to take a break, do so before you start the exam.


The following actions will result in the exam being nullified:

  • Did not show photo ID
  • Photo ID does NOT match candidate’s name
  • Student’s face is not showing “head-on” throughout the entire process
  • Stood up, walked around, walked out of room
  • Another person enters the room
  • Clearly talks with someone
  • Opens a browser or other program
  • Answers a phone call
  • Accessed the phone
  • Having food and/or drinks in the testing area

Reminder: To avoid your exam being nullified, be aware that during the AI proctoring, any movements or actions out of the ordinary may be flagged for review.

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