The PCI Proctored Exam Program provides a means to take a certification exam separate from those administered at PCI’s QC Schools. It also allows you, as a certification candidate, to prepare for one or more certification exams by self-study, before taking the certification exam.

The Proctored Exam Request process is administered through the PCI CMS. In addition to the information on this page, detailed instructions on how to request a proctored exam can also be accessed from PCI CMS Instructions.

Request a Proctored Exam

The certification candidate must make the arrangements with an approved proctor to administer their certification exam(s). The candidate and proctor arrange the exam location, date and time.

Proctored Exam Fees

  1. The following fees are applicable for certification exams.











  2. Candidates must pay the proctored exam fee to PCI via credit card in the first step of completing an online proctored exam request.

  3. Proctors may charge a fee for the administration of the PCI certification exam. The proctor fee is separate from the fees payable to PCI. PCI does not set these proctor fees. The proctor fees are determined between the candidate and the proctor. This fee is payable directly to the proctor by the candidate.

Instructions for Arranging a Local Proctor

Exam date and location process
  • The exam location/site and date are decided by agreement between the candidate and the proctor. These arrangements must be finalized before submitting the request for a proctored exam. If these arrangements change after the request is submitted to PCI, then the candidate and/or proctor must notify PCI immediately to set up revised exam dates. 
  • The proctored exam request must be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the exam date.
  • Candidates scheduled to take multiple proctored exams must successfully complete any pre-requisite exams before taking subsequent exams. All exams can be taken in one day.
    • For Level I and II exam requests, the proctor will confirm successful completion of the Level I examination via the PCI CMS post-exam scoring report before allowing the candidate to start the Level II exam.
    • Note that the same process also applies to Level II and III, and CFA and CCA exam requests.
  • To facilitate secure exam administration, all exam sites must:
    • Be quiet, free of disruption, and of adequate size to comfortably accommodate the examinee(s);
    • Have adequate and comfortable ventilation, lighting, and temperature;
    • Be monitored by proctors;
    • Have entrances/exits controlled/monitored with working fire exits available;
    • Have clocks that are visible to the proctors and examinees;
    • Have access to water and restroom facilities;
    • Be compliant with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) when required for an examinee with a disability; and
    • When there are multiple examinees, provide seating in a way that ensures that examinees are not able to see each other’s exams, and that they are visible to the proctor.
  • To administer online exams, the exam site must have:
    • a desktop computer or laptop with reliable internet access and
    • either Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome web browser installed to run the computer-based test application.

Proctor Requirements

Proctors must supervise the exam process in accordance with PCI requirements, to prevent and monitor for fraudulent examination practices. All proctors must be approved in advance by PCI. Visit Proctor Resources for more information.

How to Request a Proctored Exam

  1. An online Certification Management System (CMS) is used to facilitate all certification processes. Proctored exam requests and individual certification applications for Level I, Level II, Level III, GFRC, CFA and CCA certification must be completed and submitted using the new online forms in the CMS.

    Request a Proctored Exam

  2. All proctored exam requests must be submitted no less than two weeks before the planned exam date.
  3. Candidates can request a proctored exam or someone else can request a proctored exam on the behalf of the candidate. To request a proctored exam, use the Certification Dashboard and click on the Exam tile to complete the Proctored Exam Request. Please have credit card information ready (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card). Payment must be completed before submitting the request.
  4. PCI will review the candidate’s request for proctored examination for approval of the selected proctor, the exam date, and other information provided to PCI by the requesting party.
    • PCI will respond to the submitting party via email to confirm receipt of the request and may request additional information, if necessary.
    • If PCI approves the exam request, PCI will email the proctor, examinee(s), and/or the requesting party, a confirmation of the exam session approval with additional instructions on the administration of the exam(s).
    • If these arrangements change after the request is submitted to PCI, then the candidate and/or proctor must notify PCI immediately to set up revised exam dates.