NASFAA Authorized Certification Exam Preparation Workshop

State & Regional Associations: Help Your Members Become Certified  

Financial aid administrators are entrusted with significant responsibility, and industry certification affirms the professional commitment not only to those responsibilities, but also their commitment to uphold the highest ethical standards. NASFAA’s FAAC® designation recognizes proficiency and encourages continuous growth and development in the financial aid profession.

You have the opportunity to help your members prepare for NASFAA's Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Program knowledge exam together, increasing their likelihood of success. At an in-person workshop hosted by your association, participants will use a suite of workshop materials already prepared for you by a team of practicing financial aid administrators who hold the FAAC® designation. Your participants will leave the workshop with greater confidence in their own readiness and knowledge of what to expect when they take the exam.

Workshop participants must have an approved certification application on file with NASFAA before they attend. Registered participants will receive a comprehensive set of preparation resources and complimentary access to the certification knowledge exam. NASFAA's materials are updated and available each April. 

Resources for participants include: 

  • Exam preparation guide 
  • Self-assessment worksheet
  • Exam preparation workshop handouts
  • Practice exam and diagnostic report

Certification Exam Preparation Workshops are designed to facilitate review. While these workshops do not provide in-depth financial aid training and cannot guarantee every candidate will pass the knowledge exam, they do help recall and refresh what attendees already know, and help identify any gaps in knowledge. Participants should expect to continue with independent review after the workshop, to the extent additional review is needed. 

Why Should You Participate?

  • This bundle offers significant cost savings for certification candidates. Cost savings include:  
    • Exam Preparation Guide ($150 per person) 
    • Knowledge Exam ($375 per person) 
  • Group review yields a higher level of success on the knowledge exam than independent study. To date, the pass rate for workshop participants is higher by an average of 15%.  
  • More certified financial aid administrators in your state and region can lead to more engaged members, especially since FAACs must earn recertification points to maintain their designation by attending conferences, volunteering, and/or participating in other professional activities. 

Workshop Materials

NASFAA Certification Exam Preparation Workshop materials are a comprehensive set of instructional materials designed to help your facilitators conduct group review of financial aid concepts in an in-person learning environment. NASFAA's suite of instructional materials is updated and available each April. See the order form for information on pricing.

Materials for facilitators include:

  • Facilitator guide
  • Presentation slides
  • Exam preparation guide 
  • Self-assessment worksheet for candidates
  • Exam preparation workshop handouts

Your facilitators must hold the FAAC® designation to host a workshop. Need help finding certified facilitators? Contact Susan Shogren at [email protected].

Instructions for States/Regions


  1. Purchase Certification Exam Preparation Materials from NASFAA for your state or region using the order form.
    1. The  preparation materials and instruction on roster submission will be sent to the individual identified on the order form as your coordinator, for distribution to your respective facilitators.
  2. Upon payment, you will receive immediate access to the preparation materials, including a coordinator checklist and instructions for how to submit participant rosters after each workshop. Your association will be authorized to offer one or more in-person workshops from the time of purchase through June 30 of the corresponding award year. Participation is limited to groups of no more than 25 for each in-person session.
  3. Prior to attending a workshop, participants must have an active, approved application on file to qualify to attend. Applications can be submitted within each participant’s ow certification dashboard and are free of charge. 
  4. Associations should create a registration form to verify application status at the point of registration and ensure you do not exceed the 25-person cap. 
    • Suggested fields for the registration form include: First Name, Last Name, NASFAA ID, email, institution, and a statement verifying an active, approved application. 
    • You may consider gathering additional information including content areas your participants may wish to focus on, what they may need to be more successful, and what their expectations of the workshop include. View a sample registration form via Google Forms. Contact [email protected] if you're interested in using this template. 
  5. Conduct each workshop using the Certification Exam Preparation Materials, as-is. If you make changes to the materials or eliminate sections, participants will not be prepared for the knowledge exam. 


  1. Within three business days of the live event, upload an Excel sheet that includes the attendees first & last names, emails, NASFAA IDs. The roster should be uploaded to A sample roster is available. 
    • Please ensure all attendees have an active, approved application on file prior to the workshop or they will not receive access to the exams. 
  2. Facilitators should complete the survey on the training materials.

Information for Your Participants

Participants do not have to be NASFAA members; however, they must create a myNASFAA account in order to provide the required NASFAA ID and to be able to log in to access their own certification dashboard.


  • Participants must have an active, approved application on file to qualify to attend the workshop. Applications can be submitted within the certification dashboard. 
  • Encourage participants to complete the self-assessment worksheet to have a good understanding of the topics they personally need to focus on. 
  • Candidates should be prepared to know rules and regulations applicable to the award year on which the exam is based on the date they will sit for the exam. Review the Knowledge Exam webpage for further details and helpful resources.


  • Attendees will receive access to the practice exam and the knowledge exam soon after the workshop ends. 
  • Each exam includes one attempt. If a candidate is not successful on the knowledge exam, a retake exam must be purchased. 
  • For best results, workshop participants are encouraged to sit for the knowledge exam within the two testing windows immediately following the workshop; however, they will have the entire length of their one-year certification eligibility period to take the exam, which is important if they realize during the workshop they are not ready yet. 
  • Please encourage participants to provide feedback for each event using this online survey.

Questions? Please contact Susan Shogren, Director of Certification and Credentialing, at [email protected] or (202) 785-6969.

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