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NCLE Advanced Examination August 2019
The Advanced Certification designations, ABOC-AC and NCLE-AC, are earned only after a practitioner has attained several years of experience, completes a prescribed curriculum of advanced education, and achieves a passing score on the rigorous examinations. Test specifications are posted on this site.
Having earned the basic ABO or NCLE certification, and completed one recertification period (3 years) you are eligible to take the Advanced exams.
ABO Master and CLSA Fellows who are not currently ABO or NCLE certified, may obtain Advanced Certification by re-taking and passing the entry level examinations (NOCE and CLRE). Having passed the NOCE and/or CLRE again, the Advanced Certification status may be requested and granted, without having to take the Advanced Examination(s). A certificate will be provided upon request at a nominal fee.
Important information to note before registering for the exam
-Please make sure you are using a desktop or laptop to complete the exam registration.
-Exam registration fee is $225, and are
once payment has been submitted.
-Please make sure you review the
Advanced Examination Handbook
for further exam policy information before registering for the exam. It may answer most of your questions about the exam.
-After you have submitted the registration fee, you will receive an email confirmation with your eligibility ID number and instructions on how to schedule your exam to pick your location, date, and time. (Make sure to check your junk/spam folder, as the email confirmation’s may go into those folders.)
***Please be aware that regular registration ends on 07/01/2019 11:59PM-
T. Late registration ends on 07/16/2019 3:00AM-
; there will be an additional $75 fee with late registration.***
8/1/2019 - 8/15/2019
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