Once you have completed an approved NASFAA learning activity or demonstrate sufficient professional experience, you qualify to sit for a test in one or more topics. Each test involves a combination of multiple choice, and scenario-based questions. If you pass the test, you earn a nationally recognized credential.
Credentialed professionals now have the opportunity to renew each credential. NASFAA recommends renewing credentials every three years, or more often in the event of major regulatory changes. Renewal is not mandatory; NASFAA Professional Credentials do not expire. To renew, you must successfully pass the current version of the credential test for that subject area.
To gain access to a test, you may purchase the current version of the test by processing a payment or using an unexpired voucher, if you have one. Once purchased, you will receive an email providing you with a link to access the testing center. You will have two attempts to take the test. If you do not pass either attempt, additional testing attempts are available for purchase.
You must complete your available credential tests within the specified timeframe listed below each assessment within the testing center.
Access to a test expires at midnight (local time) on the date of expiration. Additionally, note that the testing center has scheduled maintenance windows on the first Saturday of each month from 8:00 PM ET to 1:00 AM ET. The testing center will not be available during those times, so please plan accordingly.
After you complete a test, the system lets you know whether you passed or not. All scores are confidential; instead, a Diagnostic Report will show how you did in each subject area of that test. Use this feedback to prepare to take the test again—or simply to improve your general knowledge of the topic.
Please be sure to read these Important Notices and Disclosures before purchasing a credential test.
If you are nervous about taking NASFAA’s credential tests, don't let fear become a barrier. Consider these strategies based on advice from experts.
The credentials in the testing center are divided into three parts as listed below.
* For the Return of Title IV Funds Tests, please use the U.S. Department of Education Return of Title IV Aid Worksheets for the treatment of Title IV funds when students withdraw from credit hour and clock hour programs. Please also ensure you have a calculator available to assist you with the scenario.
Please review our Exam Accommodation Policy for information on accommodation requests.