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CTP Testing and Appointments

As of today, Pearson VUE is open for testing in most locations with limited capacity. If the situation changes, we will notify all candidates immediately. Our priority is to support our candidates and their ability to become certified.

> Testing Window Extension
AFP has made the decision to extend the 2020B CTP testing window to include the month of February to help with appointment availability. As of today, the 2020B testing window will range from December 1st, 2020 through February 28th, 2021.
 
We understand that many areas are experiencing shutdowns and that the Pearson VUE testing schedule is in constant fluctuation to accommodate local restrictions.
 
Appointments in February should be reserved for those who are unable to find appointments in December and January. We understand that it is human nature to want to postpone an exam date until the end of a testing window, however, please continue to look for an appointment in December and January and leave February appointments for candidates who have no other options.

> It may take multiple attempts to schedule an appointment
Appointments will be limited this testing window and the scheduling is changing by the minute. It is important that you check for appointments early and often. Pearson VUE is scheduling at reduced capacity at all of its testing centers to adhere to social distancing guidelines and local regulations.

Pearson VUE is adding more availability as they are able, so please check back often.  The schedule also changes by the minute as other candidates cancel and reschedule their appointments.

If you schedule an appointment and are unable to take the exam that day, please cancel your appointment. This allows someone else the opportunity to take the exam on that day. If you do not cancel at least one full business day in advance then you will be required to pay the $85 no-show fee.

If you are unable to make an appointment after several attempts, please contact AFP and we will work with you and Pearson VUE to try and find an appointment.

> You Will be Required to Wear a Facemask
Pearson is requiring all candidates and employees to wear a face mask while in the testing center.  You will be required to bring your own facemask and will be turned away if you do not have one.

> Deferrals
We understand that these circumstances are unique.  The investment you are making is more important now than ever, for you and your organization, and we want you to be able to earn your CTP.

We will work with candidates to try to find an appointment and only after that has failed will we defer them. Waiting until February to attempt to make an appointment and being unable to find one is not an acceptable reason for a deferral.
 
Outside of appointment availability issues, standard deferral policies are in place. You will need to complete the deferral request form and provide documentation. To view the CTP deferral policies and download the form please click here.

> Re-Registration
Due to the financial limitations that COVID-19 has placed on many families AFP has also decided to offer Re-Registrations at a 50% discount for the 2021 testing windows. Those that do not qualify for a deferral and wish to move their exam to either the 2021A or 2021B testing window will be able to do so by submitting a Re-Registration request. To submit a Re-Registration please click here.

Please contact Caitlin Hennessey with any questions.


FP&A Testing

>Testing Window Extended

The 2020B testing window has been extended one month to give candidates additional time to find an appointment.  The window will run from August 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020

As of today, Pearson VUE plans to be open for testing starting June 1st with limited capacity. If the situation changes, we will notify all candidates immediately. Our priority is to support our candidates and their ability to become certified. The latest information can be found here: https://home.pearsonvue.com/coronavirus-update

> It may take multiple attempts to schedule an appointment 
Appointments will be limited this testing window and the scheduling is changing by the minute. It is important that you check for appointments early and often. Pearson VUE is scheduling at 50% capacity at all of its testing centers to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Pearson VUE is adding more availability as they are able, so please check back often.  

If you schedule an appointment and are unable to take the exam that day, please cancel your appointment. This allows someone else the opportunity to take the exam on that day. If you do not cancel at least one full business day in advance then you will be required to pay the $100 no-show fee.

> You Will be Required to Wear a Facemask
Pearson is requiring all candidates and employees to wear a face mask while in the testing center.  You will be required to bring your own facemask and will be turned away if you do not have one.

Please contact certification@afponline.org with any questions.


Re-certification

We understand that some conferences that credential holders were counting on for credits have been canceled, so we want to make sure you are aware of all the resources you can use to earn credits at home.

Ways to earn recertification credits through AFP include:
AFP Publications Quizzes
Virtual Seminars and Webinars
Membership

Being an AFP Member grants you 4 recertification credits per year.  It also gives you access to all of our certified member perks.  Please visit our Continuing Education Credits With AFP Membership page to view more information about our Webinars, Content Quizzes, Recorded Event Sessions, and Virtual Events.  All of these are included for free with your AFP Membership.

We also encourage all CTPs to take a look at the different ways to earn recertification credits.  Most credential holders have credits they don’t realize they can claim.  For example – reading a book about the economy is eligible for 5 credits in the Independent Study category.  Serving as treasurer of your homeowner’s association is worth 2 credits per year.

The deadline to submit recertification for cycles ending June 1, 2020 was October 15, however, we have extended the extension request deadline to December 31, 2020.  If you need to earn and/or report credits for a certification cycle ending June 30, 2020, you may submit the extension request form and fee to extend your cycle and reporting date through December 31, 2020.

For re-certification questions, please email Glenn Douglas at gadoug@afponline.org