As you know, most of the usual NARM test sites are closed, and many applicants are also in states with shelter-in-place orders. This situation has delayed the testing part of the CPM certification process for the past three weeks and for what could be several months to come.
NARM submitted an application to the National Commission for Certifying Agencies to permit Live Remote Proctoring of the NARM Exam, and it was approved!
The CPM credential is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). In the past, NCCA has prohibited remote proctoring for accredited exams, but with the current situation they have realized the need to make an exception. They are now allowing certifying organizations to obtain temporary permission to test applicants via their home computers. NARM and PROV have received permission to deliver the NARM Exam to applicants on their home computers with a web camera in place that will allow proctoring under the visual oversight of a remote proctor. PROV has contracted with Examroom, a live proctoring company, to offer the NARM Exam.
Applicants who are eligible for the NARM Exam now have the option to take the exam on a home computer while the option is available or to wait until the regular test sites are open again.
If your testing deadline occurs during this undetermined time period, there will be no penalty for the delay in testing. When testing sites are open again, new deadlines will be set to complete the process.
Basic requirements for home testing are:
- A MAC, PC, or Chromebook with an operating system less than 4 years old
- A Chrome or Firefox browser (Chrome works best)
- A functioning computer web-camera and microphone
- A good consistent Internet connection capable of uploading files in excess of 3 Mbps
- A quiet area with no distractions for the duration of the exam time for two, 3-hour time frames.
- A phone camera for a second camera in the testing room to be placed slightly behind and beside the web camera. Currently, only Android cameras work with the Examroom software, but they are developing software for the iPhone. So, right now you need an Android phone (it can be a borrowed one or an Android tablet with camera). iPhone capacity is coming soon, we hope!
For more information —
Applicants currently eligible to test may contact Applications@narm.org to register for this option.
For more questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org