2020 CPDT Exam Procedures

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Updated August 3, 2020


FAQ below.

What can I expect for exam registration? Expand
  1. Submit your exam registration fee (if you’re eligible) on this page.
  2. After successful registration you will receive a receipt from the ASPE Education.
  3. Within a few days, sooner if submitted from after October 3, 2020, you’ll receive an email from Online Proctoring from [email protected] with the subject ‘Please check that your computer is ready for your Online Proctored exam’
  4. Within 24-48 hours you’ll receive a second email with the subject ‘Here is the link for your exam’ which will launch the exam.
When can I take the exam? Expand

Candidates select a date for which they intend to launch their exam. This is the same as selecting a seat for a typical in-person proctored exam. You select a date from October 5 – 18, 2020

What software do I need to launch the exam? Expand

You will need Google Chrome and the extension. Please click this link to test your machine. This will confirm your Google Chrome browser version and that your computer’s webcam is functioning as it should for the exam session.

What type of device, required by me to provide, is used to monitor my test taking room? Expand

Android 4.1+ and iOS 8.0+ smart devices. Download the Android version here and the Apple version here.

Technical computer specifications Expand

To check a few things, using Google Chrome please paste this link in Google Chrome to test your machine.

Some more information:

  • We do not support the following: Google Chromebooks, Android tablets (Nexus 7, etc.), iOS tablets (iPad, iPad mini, etc.), and Microsoft Surface RT.
  • We recommend you do not take the assessment in a work environment nor use a work laptop.
  • If you are planning on using a Wi-Fi connection, check no-one else is using the Wi-Fi at the same time as their usage may affect your connection. Ensure you are positioned where the Wi-Fi signal is strongest. A wired connection will ensure a stable connection.
  • Know how to obtain the mobile device operating system version which is located in the settings of your phone.
  • Ensure you can connect your mobile device to Wi-Fi.
  • Ensure your mobile device can be placed at least 3 metres/10 feet away from you and can be situated upright.
  1. Specifications / Requirements to take the exam remotely via ProctorExam (video here):
    1. Your computer is required to have a webcam (internal or external) which will be used to monitor you during the exam process.
    2. You’re required to download an app to your Android or Apple phone or table. This will be placed behind you in the room which you’ll be taking the exam to monitor your surroundings. I will share this with you at a later date.
    3. You’re required to use Google Chrome and download a browser extension which records your monitor. Nothing is downloaded or stored to your computer.
    4. Your internet speed should be consistent enough as to not time out during your exam session. It’s recommended that your internet speeds be at least 5 MB down and up. If you need to determine this please visit speedtest.net and run a test on the computer and internet connection you will use for the exam.

Recommended technical requirements:

How can I be exam ready? Expand

Key things to ensure you are ready to start your exam:

  • Ensure you are using the latest version of Google Chrome.
  • Ensure you have configured your pop-up blocker settings as described in the Candidate Quick Guide (link to follow).
  • Ensure you have installed the Chrome extension as described in the Candidate Quick Guide.
  • Have your photo ID ready – you will need a government issued photo ID (e.g. Passport/driver’s license) to sit for the examination. The ID must have your name, photo and signature. If you fail to show a valid ID on the day of your exam, you will be disqualified from your exam.
How do I launch the exam? Expand

Up to 48 hours prior to the start of your exam you will receive an email from Online Proctoring coming from [email protected]. You will click the link that says LAUNCH YOUR EXAM NOW.

Upon entrance into the exam session, it’s recommended that you reach out to the proctor via the chat function to familiarize yourself with the proctor, the software, and will permit you to provide an additional information to the proctor if need be.

What are the exam policies? Expand

The same policies and procedures apply to the remote proctor exam.

  1. You are NOT permitted to have reference materials.
  2. You have 3.5 hours (210 minutes) to complete the 100-question multiple choice exam, and you will be monitored by a remote proctor.
  3. You are permitted to take the exam once.
  4. You are permitted to have two pieces of blank paper to work on calculations. You’re required to shred them in front of the proctor before your exam session concludes.
  5. You are permitted to use a battery-powered, nonprogrammable calculator. You are not able to use your phone’s calculator or the calculator on the computer you’re using to take the exam.

Dear CPDT Exam Candidates,

As you are aware, the 2020 CPDT Exam is being held via remote proctor to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates will take the exam from the comfort of home or desired location that has a stable internet connection. The 2020 CPDT Exam dates are October 5 – 18, 2020. 

Exam fees: $225 for ASPE Members, $450 for nonmembers.

Please follow up with Pam Rosenberg, Director of Education and Credentialing for the Society, should you have any questions. She is and continues to be your point of contact for the examination. The best way to reach out is via [email protected] or schedule a call via this link.

The current schedule is as follows:

Registration closes: October 8, 2020
Exam dates: October 5 – 18, 2020

All other aspects of the examination are unchanged.


Thank you,

Don Strickland, CPD, GPD, FASPE
Credentialing Committee Chair


Pam Rosenberg, CAE
Director of Education & Certification
[email protected]
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