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Taking an AAERT Examination

Registering for the Exam

To receive the CER® or CET® designation, a candidate must be a current Individual/General member or Corporate member of AAERT.  If you are not a current member of AAERT, please complete the online Membership Registration.

AAERT's exams are taken from your home or office.  Each candidate will use their own equipment.

To register for an exam, you may begin the process by purchasing your online CER® and / or CET® Exam through our online Payment Registration Process.  (An active test cycle must be open for registration in order to complete this process.)   Members should be signed into the AAERT site to access this area of registration.  Once payment (and letter of recommendation, if necessary) is received by AAERT, you will be sent an email from with further instructions on how to proceed further with your registration process and scheduling.  You should receive this email within five (5) working days from the time you registered through the AAERT website.  Be sure to save to your "safe list" in order to receive emails regarding your upcoming exam(s).

Reminder: A member with less than one year of experience may sit for examinations if referred by (1) an AAERT-certified member or (2) a current employer (for purposes of this referral procedure only, the Committee expands the standard definition of employer to include those who administer reporting or transcribing contracts, and who wish to recommend a qualified associate or subcontractor.)

A referral must be signed and submitted in writing to AAERT before your exam registration will be approved.

Apprentice Members MAY NOT sit for any AAERT certification exam. You MUST be an active Individual/General Member or Corporate Member to take an exam.

Exam-Taking Tips 

The following tips may help during the examination:

  • Questions are all multiple choice.  One response is required per question.
  • Take time to review the sample questions on our website.
  • Find a smooth and comfortable pace.  A time clock will be on the exam pages to track your time.
  • Read the entire question thoroughly before answering.  Audio questions will always be repeated twice with a 15 second silence between the audio.
  • Skip more difficult questions and come back to them.
  • If you are not sure of an answer, make your best informative guess.
  • Any question not answered or incorrect will be counted as a wrong response.
  • Questions with Audio or Graphics will have a higher answer value.
  • The exam is timed. You will have 2 hours to take the Knowledge exam(s). 
  • Purchase and read AAERT's Best Practices Guide, along with reviewing the resources and references noted in the guide.



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