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CRC® Examination

Prepare for the CRC® examination by first reviewing the CRC® Test Specifications. The four-hour, 200-question multiple-choice exam covers the domains of practice and knowledge required to perform tasks listed in the CRC® Test Specifications and should be well understood before taking the exam.

You may choose to use your own study materials and other resources to prepare. InFRE also provides optional print, and online exam preparation resources to help candidates prepare for the exam. Please note that the exam may test your knowledge of the most recent retirement plan contribution limits and thresholds. Click here to download and review the current year updates.

For information about how the CRC® exam items are developed, constructed, administered, scored, analyzed and reported refer to the CRC® Policies Manual, Section 4.

Click here to view a summary of the Practice Analysis conducted to determine the CRC®Test Specifications.

Exam Schedule and Fee Payment Deadlines

Exams are administered at Prometric computer-based testing centers. Testing windows for upcoming exam administrations are as follows:
Testing Window
Exam Fee Payment Deadline
April 11 – 23, 2022 March 21, 2022
July 11 – 23, 2022 June 20, 2022
October 10 – 22, 2022 September 19, 2022
January 9 – 21, 2023 December 19, 2022
To pay for your Exam:
Please click on the "add to cart" button. After paying your exam fee, you will receive an email from InFRE about how to schedule your exam. Your exam may be scheduled on Monday through Saturday during the testing period. For more information about exams please go the about exams page. Click here to review the examination fee refund policy or rescheduling an examination.
If you require special testing accommodations due to a disability, access the Request for Special Testing Accommodations form here.
On the Day of the Examination
Candidates should plan on arriving at their designated testing center at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled exam time. If you arrive after your exam start time, you may not be admitted to the examination site.
What to Expect at the Prometric Testing Center
    Candidate Check-In
  • Candidates will be asked to present their IDs (see Admission to Testing Site below).
  • Candidates will be asked to empty and turn out their pockets
  • Candidates may be “wanded” or asked to walk through a metal detector
  • Inspection of eyeglasses, jewelry, and other accessories will be conducted. Jewelry other than wedding and engagement rings is prohibited.
  • Religious headwear may be worn into the testing room; however, it may be subject to inspection by a testing center administrator before entry into the testing room is permitted.
  • Prometric provides lockers for Candidates to store backpacks, purses, mobile phones, jackets, food, drinks and medical supplies.
    During the Exam
  • An online calculator will be enabled for use during the exam.
  • No breaks are scheduled during the exam. Candidates who must leave the testing room to take a restroom break will not be given extra time on the exam
  • Accessing mobile phones or study materials during the examination is prohibited
  • Smoking is prohibited at the testing center
  • All examinations are monitored and may be recorded in both audio and video format
In the event of inclement weather, check the Prometric website for
To Reschedule/Cancel Your Examination:
If you decide to reschedule your exam within the same testing window or cancel your examination appointment, to avoid additional fees you must do so 30 days or more before your scheduled appointment. Examination appointments cannot be rescheduled or cancelled less than five days of a scheduled appointment. Candidates who do not arrive to test for their appointment will be considered a no-show and must submit an exam window transfer fee before scheduling their exam for another testing window.
For more information about exam scheduling policies, please review the CRC® Candidate Handbook.

For more information about the CRC exam go to About Exams.