Details & Getting Started

Certification Program Details

Congratulations on your decision to pursue the CEM®/AEM certification. Review the Certification section of this website to find helpful information about the CEM Program and its requirements.

CEM Online Application System Is Now Live!

We are excited to announce that the AEM, CEM, Upgrade, and Lifetime certification applications are now available through the online system.

Getting Started

  1. To begin the process, you will access the certification program interest form to review and save various certification documents needed, to help you through the credential portion and prepare for the exam, in order to obtain either the AEM or CEM designation. Important: Make sure you click on the URL for the certification portal and then save it as a favorite, so you can access it when you are ready to create and complete your AEM or CEM credential application and upload the independent documentation. When you are ready to either submit your credentials for review by the Certification Commission or to sit for the examination, you will need to pay the application fee ($395 for IAEM members or $595 for non-members). You will have one year from the date of the first step to complete the second step.
  2. Candidates must pass a 100-question multiple choice exam. The exam may be taken at the IAEM Annual Conference, Mid-Year Meeting, Regional Conferences, at IAEM Headquarters, or on the exam dates listed on the Prep Course/Exam Dates page.

    Candidates also may individually arrange their own test administration through a variety of secured testing methods and locations, which include:

    a. Contact the education office at your local high school, college or university for their policy on proctoring exams. A representative from the education department may conduct the exam onsite.
    b. The education office at military installations may conduct the exam on site for all military and Department of Defense personnel.
    c. CEM Commissioners and IAEM Board of Directors may administer the exam.

    Approved Proctors: The proctor must be an unbiased party and must not be:

    a. A candidate’s subordinate or manager;
    b. Someone with whom the candidate works with on a regular basis; or
    c. Related to or having a personal relationship with the candidate.

    Once an approved proctor, date and location have been arranged, the candidate should provide the proctor’s complete contact information and exam date to Certification Administrator Sharon Kelly in writing with at least 14 business days' notice. More notice is required for international mailings.

    Note: Proctoring fees are the responsibility of the applicant.

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