Frequently Asked Questions

What is Blackboard and how does it work?

IAEE administers all online CEM Learning Program courses and exams through Blackboard, a software technology that allows CEM candidates to participate in the program and connect with instructors for a complete learning experience. Go to iaee.blackboard.com to access Blackboard.

What happens after a candidate registers for an online course?

IAEE will e-mail all CEM online course registrants detailed steps how to access the course before the course start date. IAEE administers all online courses through Blackboard at iaee.blackboard.com.

What are the steps for taking an exam after an online course is completed?

The CEM candidate is responsible for choosing a current CEM or a human resource director/manager to proctor their exam. A complete list of proctors is available here. Both the candidate and proctor should agree on the exam date, time and location for the exam. The CEM candidate should then complete the online exam request form located here.  The Friday before the scheduled exam date, the proctor will receive the exam password and the candidate will receive the exam instructions. The candidate has 90 days from the last day of the course to take the exam.

What if a candidate does not take the exam within 90-days?

If the candidate does not complete the exam within 90 days, IAEE will enter a score of zero into the candidate’s record. In order to take the exam after the 90-day time-period, the candidate will be required pay a $25.00 administrative retake fee. The candidate will then have 30 days to complete the exam. If the candidate fails the exam or misses the exam during the thirty-day period, the candidate will be required to retake the course and the exam at full cost in order to receive credit for the course.

What happens if a candidate fails an exam?

If a CEM candidate fails an exam, IAEE will send the candidate a CEM Exam Retake Form. The candidate will have one year from the date of the failed exam to request the retake exam. The fee for the retake exam is $25.00. If the candidate fails the retake exam, they will be required to register for the course again to be eligible to take the exam again. The candidate may select another CEM course instead of retaking the failed course.

Will a candidate receive a letter regarding their CEM when they finish their ninth course and pass the exam?

Upon completion of all requirements for the CEM Learning Program, candidates will receive a letter from the CEM Commission permitting the use of the CEM designation. Please allow for a two-week delivery time after completion of the ninth course and passing the corresponding exam. IAEE will also mail a formal certificate of completion within two months of completion of the designation.

If a candidate completes their requirements in September, can they participate in the CEM awards ceremony at the annual meeting?

In order to participate in the CEM awards ceremony at Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition, CEM candidates must complete the CEM Learning Program by 31 October.