ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who meet both of the following requirements:
- A passing grade on the ACI written examination, and
- Successful completion of the ACI performance examination.
The one-hour written examination is closed-book and consists of approximately 40 multiple-choice questions. There are at least eight questions on each of the practices and test methods. To pass the written examination, both of the following conditions must be met:
- At least 60% correct for each of the required practices and test methods, and
- A minimum score of 70% overall.
The performance examination is also closed-book and requires actual demonstration of the required practices and test methods. The examinee is judged on his/her ability to correctly perform all of the required steps for each procedure.
Recertification is necessary every five years* and requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations.
*NOTE: Certifications initiated prior to January 1, 2008, were granted certification for six years. Due to a policy change, however, individuals initiating the certification process January 1, 2008, and later will be certified for five years.