Exam Registration Info

Application Procedures/Instructions

NEW: Apply Online (You must log in, join NAMSS, or create an account before you begin an application. If you apply using another person's account, you will not be registered to take the test.)

After an application for a computer-based exam is approved, a Notice to Schedule (NTS) will be sent via e-mail. The NTS will include the scheduling Web link, your username, and your password. When you access the online scheduling system with your username and password, you will be able to choose an exam site, date and time from the list of available sites. Please note that appointment times and site locations are on a first-come, first-served basis, and may vary in availability with each exam window.

Upon completion of the online application, you may opt to send in a check. Application payments must be postmarked by the application deadline. Incomplete applications and applications received after the postmark deadline may be subject to additional fees or review.

Scheduling Your Exam Appointment

The certification exams are administered during an established three-week period at computerized testing facilities managed by CASTLE Worldwide. CASTLE Worldwide offers more than 300 testing centers in the United States. To view a listing of current testing centers, please go to CASTLE’s Web site. Available testing dates and times vary by location.

We recommend that you access the scheduling Web link as soon as you receive your NTS to schedule your appointment, as scheduling is done on a first-come, first-served basis. Waiting to schedule your test appointment may significantly limit the date/time availability at the test center of your choice. All available testing locations and dates will be presented to you on the scheduling Web link.

Within three business days of submitting your scheduling request, you will receive a scheduling confirmation e-mail. The scheduling confirmation, plus government-issued photo identification with signature, must be presented to the proctor in order to gain admission to the testing center.

If the site and date you requested is no longer available, you will receive an e-mail notice allowing you to choose another site and date option.

If you have any questions regarding your scheduled exam appointment, please contact CASTLE at (919) 572-6880. If you are unable to find a testing site in your area, please e-mail certification@namss.org or call (202) 367-2491 as soon as possible, and a staff member will assist you.

IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR 2013

Effective January 1st, 2013, certification and recertfication fees will be raised for both NAMSS members and non members. The fee for certification applications will be raised by $25 for each examination application for the both the CPCS and CPMSM exams. Fees for recertification will be raised by $50 for both single and dual certificants. Additionally, fees to transfer or re-schedule certification exams are increasing as well. The fee to transfer or re-schedule will be $100 for both NAMSS members and non members, effective January 1st, 2013.
The new pricing structure is outlined in the table below:

NAMSS Members Non Members
CPCS or CPMSM Exam Application $375 $500
Single Certificant Recertification $150 $300
Dual Certificant Recertification $175 $325
Exam Window Transfer or Exam Date Re-scheduling $100 $100

 

Any applications that are postmarked on January 1st or after will be subject to the fee increase. Any questions or concerns regarding the new pricing structure can be directed to certification@namss.org.