Step-by-Step Guide to AFIP Certification

If you’ve just started the certification process or you want more information about how it works, this step-by-step guide can help you understand how getting an AFIP certification works.

Step 1 – Order Materials

There are several ways you can order your AFIP Certification Program:

  • Through our Pro Shop
  • Through an AFIP Industry Member
  • By phone – call an Account Manager at (817) 428-2434.

When you order you will be able to select your Course Type (Franchise, Independent or RV/Motorcycle/Marine). The cost of the course includes all the materials you’ll need to get certified, including your textbook, online materials, conference call sessions, exam review, and the cost of the exam itself.

You may have the option to participate in an AFIP Certification Boot Camp. These boot camp sessions carry an additional fee. You can consult with your AFIP Industry Member provider or an AFIP Account Manager to learn more about this option.

Step 2 – Verify Licensing

To become AFIP Certified, you must have, or have applied for, all licenses required by your state to perform your duties. This means you’re only required to have licenses if those licenses are required to do the job you’re doing when you take the AFIP exam. If you later change jobs and are required to have new or different licenses, you must apply for and receive those licenses to maintain your AFIP Certification.

Each candidate will be required to provide information on their status with regard to state licensing and other details. While AFIP does not verify state licensing on every candidate, it is a violation of the code of ethics to provide false information. If you do, you may be subject to disciplinary action, including possibly losing your AFIP Certification.

Failing to have the licenses required by your state is a violation of the AFIP Code of Ethics and will result in disciplinary action, which may include the suspension of your AFIP Certification status.

Step 3 – Study

Once you have received your materials and verified your licenses, you will need to study for the exam itself. You should set aside at least 40 hours over six to eight weeks to study for the exam. The how-to guide that comes with your materials shows you how to set up your online training account on the AFIP Regulation Education Platform (AFIP REP) and walks you through the rest of the process step by step.

The AFIP REP is an interactive, multimedia e-training system that will guide you through the training at your own pace. Each topic has a quiz that allows you to gauge your retention of the information. The AFIP REP tracks your progress through the system and provides a report card that identifies topics you need to revisit.

After ordering your materials you will have six months to finish studying and pass your exam. If you require additional time, AFIP can help you create a personalized AFIP Certification program.

Step 4 – Schedule Study Group Sessions and Review

AFIP provides three study group sessions and a detailed pre-exam review each month. These live sessions give you a chance to solidify your knowledge and ask any questions you may have.

If you’d like to join one of AFIP’s study group sessions or a pre-exam review, view our calendar of events. Select ‘study sessions/final review’ to view our review schedule. Once you’ve decided which review you’d like to join, click the “Register Now” button to sign up. If you ONLY need a state review, please call (817) 428-2434.

Step 5 – Take the Test and Submit Necessary Documents

AFIP has contracted with Kryterion to offer the AFIP Certification exam at hundreds of testing centers around the nation. One testing session at Kryterion is included with your certification course at no additional charge.

You must pass each of the three test modules with a score of 80% or higher and submit all required documents (e.g., Senior Ethics Workbook for Senior candidates) to become AFIP Certified.

If you fail any portion of the AFIP Certification Course, you will be given one more opportunity to pass (additional fees apply). You only have to retake the portion of the test you failed, but you must wait at least two weeks before retaking the exam (no exceptions). If you have special needs (i.e., a language barrier or documented learning disability), please contact AFIP.

Before the test begins, a tutorial will be available that shows the candidate how to use the online testing system. Candidates may answer the questions in any order, skipping and returning to questions as necessary.

To prepare for the test:

  • You must have applied for any state required licenses to perform your duties.
  • You must pre-register (before testing) no less than two weeks prior to your anticipated test date. We recommend you do this upon receipt of your study materials. After pre-registration, you will receive an email with your pre-registration code. This code is vital to the testing process. Keep the email and the code somewhere safe. To learn more about pre-registration, read the section below.

NOTE: Pre-registration is an automated two week process with PSI and cannot be expedited for any reason.

When you arrive at the testing center for your scheduled appointment, the Kryterion associates will give you information about using their systems. Before the test begins, a tutorial will be available that shows you how to use the online testing system. You may answer the questions in any order, skipping and returning to questions as necessary.

Each AFIP Certification Exam takes a maximum of three hours for all three sections.

How to Pre-Register for your Certification Exam
To pre-register and schedule your AFIP Certification Examination, click here and follow the steps below.

  1. Click “Create a new account” in the upper right corner of the AFIP Certification Exam Registration home page. Complete the form and click “Save.”
  2. Select “Register for an Exam,” then “AFIP Certification,” then “Get Now” next to the exam for the state in which you work.
  3. Enter your Postal Code and select a Range, then hit search. Choose a testing center, then click “Select.” Select the time and acknowledge the terms. Then click “Select.”
  4. Click “Continue.” You’ll receive an email confirmation – please print it for your records.

If you have questions, please contact an AFIP Program Manager at (817) 428-2434 or by email at info@afip.com.

Step 6 – Receive Your Results

You will receive a printout with your grades before you leave the Kryterion testing center. This copy is for your records. Kryterion will transmit the results of your exam to AFIP. If you receive a failing grade (less than 80 percent on any section), you must pre-register again and retake only the section(s) you failed.

AFIP prefers that you wait a minimum of two weeks between testing sessions and attend a pre-exam review prior to your next exam. If you fail any section twice, you must contact AFIP to initiate remediation before you’ll be allowed to test again.

When you have passed all sections of the exam, you will receive your recognition materials. Recognition material will arrive via FedEx Ground three to four weeks after you receive your grades. Because diplomas are personalized, we are unable to expedite this process.

If you have questions, please contact an AFIP Program Manager at (817) 428-2434 or by email at info@afip.com.

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