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Find the answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about RIPE NCC Certified Professionals and how to earn a digital badge from the RIPE NCC.
Where can I find materials or a guide to help me to study for the exam?

You can find information about the relevant study material for each exam on the relevant exam webpage. You can download the exam guide to get more details.

You can use our free, open e-learning courses on the RIPE NCC Academy. The e-learning courses have been aligned with the topics covered in the exam, so that you can use them to prepare. Additionally, if you are a RIPE NCC member you can also follow our webinars.

Is it compulsory or mandatory for LIRs to take the exam?

This is completely optional. You can choose whether or not you want to take the exams. The exams exist to validate your expertise in areas such as working with the RIPE Database and IPv6. These certifications can help you show to others that you have knowledge and expertise on these topics. If you would like to be certified, you need to take and pass the exams.

How much does the exam cost?

All LIRs are entitled to three vouchers per LIR account. For LIRs that have used up their three vouchers and for non-members of the RIPE NCC, the exam fees will apply.

For more details on how much each certification costs, please check the vouchers and fees page.

Can I buy vouchers in bulk for my organisation to certify my team or students?

Yes, that option is available. For more details, please email exams _at_ ripe _dot_ net

I have multiple LIRs, why have I received vouchers for only one LIR and not the others?

We have emailed all registered LIR contact persons with three vouchers for one of their LIR accounts. If you have more than one LIR account, please email us on exams _at_ ripe _dot_ net to request vouchers for your other LIR accounts. We will only share the vouchers with registered LIR contact persons.

Do you have sample questions for the exam?

We do not have sample questions for the exams. You can find information about each exam on the relevant exam webpage. You can download the exam guide for more detailed information on the topics covered. You can also follow the free e-learning courses available on the RIPE NCC Academy.

My voucher code is not working on the platform. Why?

Please make sure to insert the voucher code not on the homepage but on the payment screen. The payment screen will appear near the end after you have selected the date and time of the exam. If the problem persists, please contact us at exams _at_ ripe _dot_ net.

Is the exam available for non-members?

Yes, anyone can take the RIPE NCC Certified Professionals exams. You can get schedule an exam by paying the exam fee. For more details on exam fees, please check the vouchers and fees page.

I am under 16 years of age. Can I take the exam?

If you are under 16 years of age, we require parental consent, in keeping with European GDPR requirements. For more information, please email exams _at_ ripe _dot_ net.

If I fail the exam, am I able to reschedule a new exam right away?

Yes, you will be able to reschedule a new exam right away. On your exams dashboard, click “View details” and then select “Re-exam”.

Until when are my vouchers valid?

The vouchers are valid till 31 December of the year in which they were issued, unless they were issued as part of a special event. For special events e.g. RIPE Meetings, the vouchers are valid until the date communicated.

If I lose my vouchers, can I recover them?

Yes, we can resend your vouchers. We only share vouchers with the registered LIR contact person or people for an LIR. Please contact us at exams _at_ ripe _dot_ net if you would like to your vouchers to be resent

In the past I acquired a certificate through the RIPE NCC Academy. Are these equivalent to the digital badge?

No, the RIPE NCC Academy certificates issued between 2014 and 2019 are not equivalent to the RIPE NCC Certified Professionals badge. If you want to receive a digital badge, you will need to take the relevant RIPE NCC Certified Professionals exams.

What is the difference between the certificates received through the RIPE NCC Academy and the RIPE NCC Certified Professionals Programme?

The RIPE NCC Certified Professionals exams include an ID verification process and take place under the supervision of a live proctor in a secure browser environment. The exam contents have also been modified and updated.

There were no checks for identity or controls on the test environment for the certificates issued by the RIPE NCC Academy. The new digital badges thus follow a more stringent standard of testing, allowing us to issue verifiable digital badges.

Can I take the exam using only the webcam from my laptop?

Yes, you can take the exam using the webcam integrated in your laptop. A second external webcam is not necessary.

I recently set up a new LIR account. When will I receive my vouchers?

You can claim your vouchers from your dashboard in the RIPE NCC Academy. Watch the instruction video on the Vouchers and Fees page to learn how.