NAWCO Re-Examination Policy


Initial Certification 

Candidates who fail the initial certification exam may re-test by submitting the re-examination application found on the NAWCO web site and the testing fee. Candidates may re-test a total of three times in addition to the initial attempt, within two years of the initial examination date. After four total attempts within two years, the candidate is required to wait for a period of one year before applying to take the exam again and must submit a new application, meeting all current eligibility requirements at the time of application. Re-test candidates are required to take a different form of the exam. 


By choosing the option of recertification by examination, the WCC® forfeits the opportunity to choose any other option for recertification.

Candidates  may apply and take the examination for recertification up to six (6) months prior to expiration of your credential. Upon receipt of the recertification application for examination, a confirmation letter will be sent to the candidate with instructions for scheduling the examination. Please see the official NAWCO® WCC® Candidate Handbook for exam policies, procedures and study references.

Candidates who take the examination for recertification and are unsuccessful may retake the examination three (3) additional times for a total of four (4) attempts within the last (6) months prior to the credential expiration date. If a candidate is unsuccessful after four (4) attempts, they will be required to wait one (1) year before reapplying. If, however, all four (4) attempts were not completed, a candidate does not have to wait one (1) year to reapply.

Rationale for Re-Examination Timeframe

Candidates can take the examination up to 4 times within a two year period of meeting NAWCO eligibility requirements, (or 6 month period if recertifying). Candidates who do not pass the examination on their first attempt will be eligible to retest immediately after the date of their first failed attempt. NAWCO does not require a waiting period between the first and second attempts as candidates will test on different forms of the exam for the first two attempts. However, before the second and third, and the third and fourth attempts, candidates will be required to wait for 30 days before they will be scheduled to retest. This will provide the candidate with time to focus on areas of weakness identified on the score report, strengthening knowledge base. 

Candidates will be required to complete the Re-Examination application and pay the $380.00 fee. Candidates who fail to use their allowed retest attempts within two years of the first attempt must complete the certification process in its entirety.

Candidates who fail all four attempts will be required to wait one year and must meet all eligibility requirements before approval for examination will be granted.