Prevention Certification

Testing Process

The certification test is given via computer-based testing (CBT) at specified testing sites. In Kansas, the only testing site is in Overland Park. If you are located in a part of Kansas where it is more convenient and cost-effective for you to test in another state, you can do so and results will still be sent to the Kansas board.

To find testing sites in other states, go to and go to the tab that says testing centers up at the top. Then go to the small heading in black right underneath the top tabs, and at the far right, click on Locate a Testing Center. Then you can use the map that comes up click on the link that says Click Here To Locate A Testing Center By List and then use the drop-down menus.

Click here for a simulation of the computer-based test.

Testing can be done year-round, but Kansas has set a deadline of testing January 1 – July 31 in order to allow time for the candidate to prepare his or her initial application by the end of December. If you would test between August 1 and December 31, you would be put into the next cycle and your certification would begin a year later. For example, if you take the test between January 1 – July 31, your certification would be approved by the certification board at its annual meeting the next January and you would be retroactively certified as of January 1. However, if you take the test between August 1 and December 31, your certification would begin January 1 of the following year. You would have a one-year gap before your certification begins.

The test costs $130. If you take it and don’t pass, you have to wait 60 days to take it again and will need to pay another $130 fee.

To register for the test, contact Carol Spiker at 785-296-2269 or at

She will pre-register you and you will receive the information you need by e-mail.

Computer-based testing exams can only be cancelled or rescheduled 5 days or more PRIOR to your scheduled examination date. Cancelling or rescheduling an exam is done directly through IQT’s website at

Complete instructions for cancelling or rescheduling an examination are listed below. For technical assistance, please contact IQT at (866) 773-1114.

  1. Visit
  2. Select “Exam Registration.”
  3. Log in using the username and password provided to you in your pre-registration e-mail. If you forgot your password, click the “forgot password” link and it will be mailed to you.
  4. Select “IC&RC” from the organization dropdown menu and click the “Next” button.
  5. To reschedule an exam, click “edit.” This will cancel your current exam date and prompt you to immediately select a new date.
  6. To cancel an exam, click “cancel.” Once your exam is cancelled, you can log on to at a later date to select a new examination date. Please note, your designated testing window to take the exam will remain the same.
  7. An email confirmation will be automatically sent to you when you cancel or reschedule your examination.

You will be required to pay a rescheduling or cancellation fee of $25 to IQT before you are able to reschedule or cancel your exam. Acceptable forms of payment are Visa, Master Card, or American Express.

You are unable to reschedule or cancel an examination less than 5 days PRIOR to your scheduled examination. Exceptions are made only for the following four reasons: jury duty, death in immediate family within 14 calendar days of the examination date, illness or medical complication within 14 calendar days prior to the examination date OR the scheduled examination date, and military deployment.

If one of these four reasons prevents you from testing, you must contact IQT directly and provide sufficient documentation of the event that has occurred. Documentation must be submitted to IQT within 14 calendar days of your missed examination. There will be no additional fee incurred under these circumstances.

If you fail to show up for your examination at the scheduled time, do not have the proper identification, or your Candidate Admission Letter, you will not be permitted to sit for your exam. You will be considered a “No-Show,” your examination fees will be forfeited, and you will be required to re-register and pay all fees to your IC&RC Member Board prior to sitting for the exam. Candidates who miss their scheduled examinations must reschedule with their IC&RC Member Board.