UPDATE (February 2023) If you intend on taking a remote examination, please view the information below on the bottom of this page in red with a recent update on remote examinations
Starting as of 27 September 2022, examination takers for all IFIA inspector and superintendent Certification Programmes will also have the possibility of taking their examinations online through our test provider PearsonVue’s OnVue online proctoring feature. This applies for examinations in ALL* regions (few exceptions below).
This feature will be available for both TIC Council members and registered non-member companies for an additional fee of 25 EUR per examination in addition to the standard examination rate. Please note that the traditional method of taking the examination at an authorised PearsonVue test center will still be available.
In order to protect the integrity of our certification programme while allow for greater flexibility in examination taking, testing with OnVUE requires that candidates agree to additional policies. These include (but are not limited to) consenting to recording and monitoring throughout the exam, along with the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other advanced technology techniques. Test-takers must accept these policies during the registration process prior to scheduling an exam. We highly encourage that you review all technical and procedural requirements as online examinations entail a number of additional security features and a failure to meet them will result in an invalid examination.
Furthermore, while a more comprehensive overview of the technical and procedural requirements is found on our resource page mentioned below, a simplified set of requirements for remote examinations are as follows:
(1) Must be a private, distraction-free area (only the examination taker may be in the area).
(2) An adequate desktop computer and stable internet (no tablets or mobile phones)
(3) An adequate webcam and microphone (to be active throughout the entire duration of the examination)
(4) A valid ID to be verified before the examination takes place
Granted that the full technical, security and procedural requirements are met, this implies that candidates may take the examination in any location that meets these requirements, be it at home or at work.
Below you will find a host of resources clarifying the technical requirements, policies and procedures and frequently asked questions regarding the remote examination function. Should you not find the answer to your question on this page, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to register for a remote examination, there will be an additional checkbox (to be introduced on 27 September) on the Candidate Registration form for each examination to indicate whether or not you would like for your candidate to sit the examination remotely. If you have already registered some candidates for an examination and would like to postpone it until the remote examination feature is in place - please contact email@example.com as soon as possible.
UPDATE (February 2023) It has come to our attention that a number of candidates using PearsonVue’s remote examination function have experienced technical difficulties during or just before their examination. In many cases this has lead to significant time lost trying to solve these issues with company tech support departments and long delays in being able to re-schedule their examinations with PearsonVue, which in some cases can delay the time needed to receive the certificate.
While the remote examination function works without any issue for the majority of candidates, after consulting PearsonVue, the two main reasons for branches experiencing technical issues are: (1) testing on an employer-issued computer and (2) unreliable internet connections. While we are working with Pearson to try and improve the functionality of examinations on employer-issued computers, this seems to be highly problematic for the time being. Nonetheless, with some careful considerations listed below, the remote examination still remains a convenient solution for branches who face difficulties scheduling examinations at physical test centres.
Firewalls or security settings from employer-issued computers may prevent the OnVUE software from operating properly. Unreliable internet connections (e.g., wireless networks, hotels, VPNs, mobile hotspots) may also interrupt connectivity. For these reasons, we strongly recommend using a personal computer (i.e., one not issued by your employer) and a wired, ethernet connection (preferably with an upload/download speed minimum of 6 mbps) with no VPN.
If you have not yet reviewed the technical requirements, please visit the following page accordingly:
We highly encourage any interested branches to already carry out a system test to ensure that your equipment and internet connection are sufficient to carry out the examination. A system test can already be carried out by using the following website and clicking on the “Run a system test” button: https://staging.pearsonvue.com/ifia/onvue .
If there are ANY internet connection problems during these tests, we highly recommend to CANCEL your remote examination with Pearson and consider trying a test in another environment that meets the above recommendations. If this is not possible we then ask that you consider taking a test at a physical test centre.
If a connection is disrupted during an examination, you will NOT need to pay for a second examination as Pearson will assist you in rescheduling the examination, but just to reiterate that re-scheduling an examination can take some time (usually within the next couple days) but there is no guarantee that the same issue will not happen again if the re-scheduled examination is taken in the same environment as the first examination.
*Note: In what countries can OnVUE exams be delivered?
OnVUE delivery is a global offering and approved in most countries, but exceptions are listed below.
Exams can be published in a variety of languages, but all proctor and other support interactions are conducted in English (or Japanese for selected clients).
Below is the list of country exceptions and limitations: US businesses are not allowed to do business in OFAC-sanctioned countries, which include Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic (Syria), and the Sevastapol/Crimea region of Ukraine. No delivery is allowed in China due to limited internet and connectivity issues.
Delivery in South Korea is not encouraged due to local language requirements.
Russia and Belarus - all testing suspended.
Thoroughly review these technical requirements to ensure your system is compatible with the OnVUE online testing software. If your system does not meet the requirements and causes a problem during the exam, you will be responsible for any costs associated with rescheduling your exam.
NOTE: The two most frequent causes of technical issues are (1) testing on an employer-issued computer and (2) unreliable internet connections. Firewalls or security settings from employer-issued computers may prevent the OnVUE software from operating properly. Unreliable internet connections (e.g., wireless networks, hotels, VPNs, mobile hotspots) may interrupt connectivity. For these reasons, we strongly recommend using a personal computer (i.e., one not issued by your employer) and a wired, ethernet connection.
Taking an exam with OnVUE is flexible, convenient and easy. However, it also has unique rules and requirements. For the best possible testing experience, we strongly recommend you get familiar with these before taking your exam.
The document below details the standard policies and procedures for online testing. Your program may have additional requirements, which you can find elsewhere on this page. Familiarizing yourself with this information will help your entire testing experience go smoothly—from checking in to logging out.
A.You need to test in an enclosed, private space where you can maintain a strong and stable internet connection, prevent interruptions, and protect the integrity of your exam content.
Important: Avoid a testing space with windows or glass partitions that would allow a third party to see your screen, or your exam could be revoked.
A.To ensure your system will work with our software, first, review the minimum system requirements. Next, perform a system test and download the OnVUE software prior to your exam day.
On exam day, before your exam begins, we strongly recommend re-checking your system by running another system test. If you experience any issues, please log back into your account to reschedule your exam. If you can’t reschedule your exam, use the chat feature to ask your program-specific customer service team for assistance.
A.The system test checks for:
A.Once you’ve verified your computer meets system requirements, sign into your account. Select the exam you want to take, then choose the “home or office” option. Follow the remaining prompts to schedule your exam appointment. You will receive a confirmation email with your appointment details and important information for exam day.
A.Your proctor will make this decision prior to starting your exam. During check-in, you will be asked to take photos of your testing space(opens in new window), which the proctor will review.
For a positive outcome, make sure your space is private and secure. Clear the room of any preparation materials or unauthorized items. Unplug and/or turn off additional monitors (and, if applicable, systems). Any visible materials on the walls—including sticky notes, whiteboards or chalkboards, etc.—may be inspected by your proctor, and we may ask you to remove any such material.
Important: If your testing space fails the room scan, you will not be permitted to take the exam and may forfeit your exam fees.
A.Yes, however, we don’t recommend it. Test-takers typically have a better experience with personal computers. This is because employer-issued computers are more likely to have firewalls, VPNs, and other security policies that may block video streaming during the exam. If you must use an employer-issued computer to take your exam, it’s crucial to review the technical requirements.
A.We don’t recommend it. Hotspot technology is not ideal for maintaining a reliable and consistent connection. To ensure optimal performance on exam day, perform a system test.
A.You may have two options:
With either process, you’ll be asked to download and run OnVUE, our online proctoring software.
A.To check in for your exam, log in to your account no earlier than 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Once logged in, you should see the Check-in button. If it's not visible within 15 minutes of your exam appointment time, contact your program-specific customer service team via chat.
A.Click the View ID requirements button on this page to make sure you have the proper ID for online-proctored testing.
A.Once you've completed the required check-in steps and have completed taking photos of your face, ID and environment, you will see the following message: You are almost done with the check-in process. Next, you’ll be placed in a queue and will wait momentarily while a proctor reviews your check-in steps. Please be aware, other candidates may be ahead of you in line. The OnVUE application should tell you where you are in queue. Most exams are launched by a proctor within 15 minutes of the appointment start time.
Any delay might mean there’s a problem with your photos or internet connection. For issues with your photos, a proctor will attempt to reach you over chat or via your cell phone. You may not recognize the phone number, which will either have a 617 US area code or say “Pearson VUE” on the caller ID, but please answer so we can assist. If we haven't contacted you within 30 minutes, we may have lost connection to you. In such cases, please contact our customer service team via Pearson OnVUE Support live chat. As a reminder, mobile devices must be kept out of arm’s reach during the testing sessions.
A.No. The proctor cannot answer questions related to exam content, and you may not get help from other individuals while taking the exam.
A.Should you experience technical difficulties during your exam, simply raise your hand using the OnVUE application at the top of your screen and a proctor will assist you. If for some reason this is unavailable, you can get help via the chat button on this page or the OnVUE download page.
Most issues can be avoided by completing a system test and ensuring that you meet all system requirements in advance of testing. Common issues include an unreliable internet connection and third-party applications trying to run during your exam. We strongly recommend that candidates confirm that all applications have been closed and that there is a sufficient and reliable internet connection prior to testing.
A.In general, all personal belongings must remain out of arm’s reach during your exam. However, if your exam program allows personal belongings or testing tools like calculators during an exam, you will find that information in the program-specific policies section of this page.
A.Drinking beverages is allowed during your exam. Eating during your exam is prohibited, as is the use of tobacco products or chewing gum.
A.Each exam program establishes its own break policies. If your program allows breaks, you’ll find that information in the program-specific policies section of this page.
A.Yes. Proctors may interrupt exams and take action if they witness any suspicious behavior or rule violations. They may need to offer a reminder (e.g., no talking) or investigate something (e.g., show me the room, your desk, etc.).
A.Examples of prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to, failing to follow proctor instructions, looking off the screen, mumbling or speaking aloud, covering your mouth or face, using unauthorized materials (e.g., mobile phones, recording equipment, writing materials), interacting with third parties intentionally or unintentionally, or leaving the webcam view.
A.Unless it’s during a scheduled break built into your exam, leaving the webcam view for any reason or duration, even if you have already completed the exam questions, will result in your exam session being terminated and the exam result being invalidated.
Important: Upon exam completion, you must fully close the OnVUE application before leaving the webcam view.
A.You may keep your mobile phone nearby, out of arm’s reach, during your exam in case the proctor needs to call you. Any mobile phone use other than speaking with a proctor is grounds for exam revocation.
When a proctor needs to reach you, they will call, not text. The number will always display as 617-379-0635, and/or caller ID may identify the number as “Pearson VUE.” If this information appears, please answer the call. If your phone rings and the call is not from a Pearson VUE proctor, do not answer it.
If you receive a text or other notification, ignore it and continue testing. If you wish to silence your phone, alert the proctor so they know you are accessing your phone only to silence notifications.
A.At this time, OnVUE exams may only be taken on desktop and laptop computers running Windows or macOS operating systems that meet these minimum specifications. OnVUE does not support the use of tablets or touchscreens. As noted above, mobile devices are not allowed and should be placed out of arm’s reach.
A.If a disconnection occurs, the exam timer will pause, and a proctor will attempt to contact you either through your computer or by phone. Note: You must respond or your testing session will be revoked.
Should you lose connection, or if a proctor asks you to restart OnVUE, you can relaunch the application as follows:
Once your connection is reestablished and if necessary, the application restarted, you will resume your exam from the question or moment you left.
A.Yes. Even when the testing computer is locked down during an exam, you may still use CTRL+ and CTRL- to magnify content up to 200%. Do not use touchscreen technology at any time during your exam.
A.No. If this happens, a proctor will ask you to stop reading the questions aloud. If you continue, your exam may be revoked.
A.Because scratch paper or note boards are not allowed when taking an OnVUE exam, some exam programs allow you to use a built-in digital whiteboard to do scratch work or take notes(Opens in new window).
A.This differs by exam program. Please review your program’s processes to learn when and where you can access your score report.
A.Headphones and headsets (wired or Bluetooth) are not allowed unless explicitly approved by your test sponsor.
A.Yes. Because of its remote nature, testing with OnVUE requires that candidates agree to additional policies that help protect exam integrity. These include (but are not limited to) consenting to recording and monitoring throughout the exam, along with the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other advanced technology techniques. Test-takers must accept these policies during the registration process prior to scheduling an exam.
A.No, as the rescheduling function cannot be used to change the exam delivery method. Instead, if you wish to change the delivery method, you must cancel the original appointment and then schedule a new one.