Exam Registration

CSI offers certification examinations twice annually, in the spring and the fall. Registration to apply to sit for an exam opens in the winter (February) and summer (August), respectively. Choose a date that fits well with your schedule and allows you ample time to prepare.

Before Registering...

If you're considering the path toward earning a CSI credential, be certain to read the corresponding Handbook for Exam Candidates. These free publications contain important information on candidate requirements, application procedures and CSI certification requirements.

Fall 2024 Registration Dates

Registration dates for the fall exam cycle for CDT®, CCCA®, CCS® and CCPR

Registration Dates
Early Bird Registration 8/12/24 - 9/11/24
Standard Registration 9/12/24 - 10/30/24
Final Registration 10/31/24 - 11/20/24
Exam Window 11/13/24 - 12/11/24
Results Notification
(via email)
Early 2025


Exam Length

CDT: Two hours; 120 multiple-choice questions 
CCCA: Four hours; 150 multiple-choice questions 
CCS: Four hours; 170 multiple-choice questions 
CCPR: One and-a-half hours; 70 questions 

Testing Options  

Remote: Secure remote testing allows examinations to be completed virtually during the exam window. Test-takers will need to pre-schedule their exam and there are unique technology requirements that must be met.
*MacOS users – check for compatibility.

CDT, CCCA, and CCS Candidates:  Exams may be administered with either a remote proctor or at test centers in the United States, U.S. Territories, and Canada. To view test center locations, visit www.prometric.com/CSI and select "Locate a Test Center."

CCPR Candidates: Exams are administered remotely (no in-person testing).

All international candidates:  Exams are administered remotely (no in-person testing). Must possess passport identification (in English). 

ADA Test Accommodations Guidelines for CSI Examination Registrants 

Other Pertinent Exam Information  

Your Authorization to Test (ATT) Email: The Authorization to Test (ATT) email contains all the necessary information for scheduling an appointment, including your candidate National ID number. You’ll receive your ATT notification within one week after your application has been processed. Be sure to check your spam folder for your ATT and if you cannot locate it, reach out to CSI at certification@csinet.org

Required Identification for Test Center Entry: One form of non-expired, government-issued, photo- and signature-bearing ID must be provided when entering the test center. 

Acceptable forms of ID are: 

  • Driver’s License 
  • State or government-issued ID 
  • Passport 

IMPORTANT: ID must have FIRST and LAST names that identically match those used for registration; middle names and suffixes are not required. The address used for registration does not have to match the address on the ID. 

Why do I have to wait for my CSI certification exam results? Intermittently, all CSI exams will undertake a “passing score” analysis. This means the research to determine the “cut score” (to pass/fail) cannot be determined until after all candidates have taken the exam and the testing window has closed. 

Exam items are individually evaluated and those questions (items) that did not perform as expected are analyzed to determine how to score, modify, or eliminate. Items are reviewed by a confidential group of subject matter experts (SMEs), CSI members, and staff, in meetings facilitated by a psychometrician, a.k.a. a test development specialist. 

Once the review is completed, the “cut or passing score” is set and status reports are sent to individual candidates. 

**The entire review and scoring process takes roughly 6-8 weeks and can only start after the close of the testing window.