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Candidate Guidelines

A step-by-step guide for candidates to the RIPE NCC Certified Professionals exam


Familiarise yourself with the exam rules and guidelines. Read the Exam Rules page and the Terms and Conditions. You will be asked to agree to the Terms and Conditions prior to starting the exam.

You can also study for the exams using the free online courses in the RIPE NCC Academy. Each exam has an associated online course that can help you prepare. Additionally, RIPE NCC members can also participate in a webinar.

Some Practical Tips

  • Make sure that you have scheduled the exam correctly. You can only reschedule or cancel the exam up to 48 hours before the exam is to take place.
  • Make sure you have government-issued photo identity for the exam. The proctors will check if the name on the ID matches the name used to register for the exam. You might need to update your RIPE NCC Access account details so that the names match before scheduling your exam.
  • Please also ensure you have a quiet, undisturbed space for the duration of the exam.
  • You have 60 minutes to complete the exam.
  • Your computer must have a functioning webcam and good Internet connectivity for the proctored exam to take place
  • Please ensure that you have checked your system compatibility with the exams platform. 
  • Keep in mind that the proctor will ask you to show the whole room and also your desk and the area below your desk using the webcam before starting the exam. If you are using a desktop computer, consider using an external webcam.

There are strict guidelines to uphold the integrity of the exam. Here are some important details that the proctor will check:

ID Check

  • You will be asked to show a valid government issued photo identity document to the proctor before starting the exam
  • The exam will begin only after the proctor has verified your identity and checked the exam room

Room Check

  • You must be alone throughout the exam.
  • You are not allowed to wear a watch, have any books (including your own notebooks), reference material, mobile phones etc. with you.
  • The proctor can ask to check the room and furniture, including the area below your desk.
  • You can also be asked to roll up your sleeves, or empty out your pockets.
  • The proctor can suspend or stop the exam at any time if they suspect malpractice.

System Check

  • The exam takes place within the secure browser, which blocks access not only to other websites but also to other programmes on your computer. You will need to save and close any files or tabs that are open. Please be prepared to give the exam your undivided attention.
  • It is possible to access the exam portal 30 minutes before the exam begins. We advise you to make use of this time to download the secure browser and test system compatibility.
  • When the exam begins, PSI will connect to your camera and microphone to stream video and audio - they will not take control of your desktop while proctoring. 
  • The exam must be started within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time. In case of a longer delay, it is automatically cancelled.

Use your credentials to log in and start your exam using the link sent to you by PSI Exams. 

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You will be taking the exam online, on your computer while supervised by a remote 'live' proctor via webcam. Please make sure that you are on the PSI website prior to the exam to download the secure browser and check for system compatibility.

The exams are supervised by a live proctor using a webcam. The proctor can pause or suspend the exam if needed, and issue warnings. In certain cases, the proctor is authorised to stop the exam.

In order to have the best possible outcome, please ensure that:

  • You have read the instructions and your exam room is prepared as per the exam instructions.
  • There are no interruptions.
  • There are no electronic devices other than the computer on which you are taking the exam in use.

You will be able to view your exam results immediately after the exam.

Candidates who successfully pass the RIPE NCC Certified Professionals exam will receive an email with instructions on claiming their digital badge issued through our badging partner, Acclaim.

Your digital badge contains details about the skills and expertise certified by the exam and can easily be linked to your LinkedIn profile, shared to other social networks, added to your email signature or embedded in your website. Read more about how you can make use of digital badges here.

If you would like to contest the outcome of your RIPE NCC Certified Professionals exam, you can lodge an appeal. Please read more about our appeals procedure.