Apply to Take the CDCES Exam
Apply and Schedule
Be ReadyExam applications are taken on a year-round basis but don't apply until you’re ready to take the test. You’ll have to take the exam no later than 90 days from the date your application is approved.
IMPORTANT TESTING SITE INFORMATON ON COVID-19
If you are scheduled to take the certification exam and have questions regarding whether or not your exam site is open please contact PSI for the most up-to-date information. PSI has provided us with information on the Coronavirus and its testing centers - you can access the information here. The link also has information on the flexible rescheduling policies that have been put into place.
For a listing of the OPEN testing centers, you can access the list here.
We encourage candidates to check their emails and voice mails often in order to review communications regarding last-minute updates regarding their scheduled test date. If you have questions on your testing date or site, please contact PSI at 833-333-4755. PSI customer service is available Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday; and 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday (all times Central Time). Peak times are during the lunch time and at end of day. Please note that there may be higher than normal response times and thank you for your patience and understanding during these times. If you need to schedule your exam, we encourage you to utilize the on-line services through the PSI website to check site availability and any other important notices that are available for that site.
The health of candidates and employees continue to be theirs and our top priority. PSI is receiving questions regarding their procedures to ensure employee and candidate's safety as they re-open. To assist in answering these questions, PSI has created a frequently asked questions document which can be found here. We encourage candidates to review the information as questions may be answered in this document. As questions are asked that are not included on this FAQ, PSI will be updating it to ensure they are being responsive to questions and concerns.
Apply and Schedule
If approved, you will be emailed an eligibility confirmation notice which includes the 90-day window during which you’ll need to schedule and take your exam. Keep it handy. There's a lot of important and valuable information in it. Once you’ve got the confirmation notice, you can schedule your exam through PSI.
Once you’ve got the eligibility confirmation notice, you can schedule your exam. Because appointments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, you will want to schedule your exam appointment as quickly as possible after approval in order to have the most flexibility.
The process is handled by our testing agency, PSI/AMP
For full details, review the
If you're pursuing the Unique Qualifications Pathway
Beginning in 3rd Quarter 2021, candidates will have the option of taking the CDCES exam by either testing at a PSI Test Center or testing by Live Remote Online Proctoring (LRP). When using testing via Live Remote Online Proctoring the examination is delivered to a candidate using their own computer from their home. The candidate must have a computer that meets the requirements for the LRP.
CBDCE has created a Guide to Live Remote Online Proctoring (LRP) for candidates testing or considering testing in this modality. Candidates using or considering using LRP to test are required to familiarize themselves with the LRP requirements, as well as examination policies, procedures, and rules. Information will also be available in our Examination Handbook mid-June.
Requests for Special Accommodations
A PSI representative will notify you once your accommodation has been approved. After approval of your accommodation, you will need to complete an online form through the PSI website to schedule your exam. This form will identify the type of request as well as desired dates, times, and modality or test center locations. This online form is set up to streamline the process to create fewer back and forth emails. Need assistance with your special accommodation? Contact the PSI special accommodations team at 1-800-367-1565.
Examination Services Department
18000 West 105th Street
Olathe, KS 66061-7543
Write “CBDCE” in the upper left corner of the envelope under your return address.
If you’re submitting a paper application and you do not receive notice of receipt within four weeks of mailing it call CBDCE’s testing partner, PSI. The Examination Services Department can be reached at (833) 333-4755. Application status information is not available from the CBDCE office.
About the Exam
Final To Do List
- Put the test date, time, and location on your calendar.
- Check the location of the testing center and take a drive by before your appointment.
- Watch the video provided by PSI/AMP, CBDCE’s testing agency. It offers useful information and details
- about the exam appointment day and test center procedures.
- And last but not least, get a good night’s sleep before your exam appointment!