In response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, NCRA’s Council on Certification is providing the following CTR exam updates:
[April 27, 2020]
PSI created a frequently asked questions addressing test center employee and candidate safety which can be found at https://www.psionline.com/wp-content/uploads/psi-services-covid-19-faqs.pdf.
Updated April 15, 2020]
What are the new and updated exam dates for 2020?
The June 26 - July 17, 2020 testing window is extended through July 25, 2020.
A new testing window is scheduled for September 1 - September 12, 2020.
The October 16 - November 6, 2020 testing window is expanded to start on October 12 and run through November 14, 2020.
Why were the exam testing dates updated?
To maximize scheduling flexibility for those planning to test in 2020.
What are the candidate application deadlines for 2020?
The application deadline for June-July testing window shifted from May 29 to June 25, 2020.
The September testing window application deadline is August 31, 2020.
The application deadline for October-November testing window shifted from September 11 to October 11, 2020.
Candidates are expected to meet all eligibility requirements by the application deadline.
Why were the candidate application deadlines updated?
To maximize time allowance for 2020 exam candidates to complete experience requirements by the application deadline.
Has the 160-hour practicum been modified for Route A applicants?
No. The 160-hour practicum is a critical component of all NCRA-Accredited Formal Education Programs. The extended testing windows and additional September testing dates provide students in NCRA-accredited programs more time to complete their practicums. Students with questions can e-mail Mary Maul at email@example.com.
Will the testing window updates impact the delivery of score reports?
Score reports are planned to be available 3-4 weeks from the final day of the completed testing window, and prior to the application deadline of the subsequent testing window.
How do I register for the CTR exam in 2020?
Candidates are encouraged to submit their completed application and paperwork as soon as they qualify. Submitting before the deadline will assist with scheduling
1) Download and read the Candidate’s Handbook (http://www.ncra-usa.org/handbook).
No changes were made to exam content or references
2) Complete and save the PDF fillable* application form
*provided to assist those who may not have access to printer, scanner, or postal services
3) Submit your completed application, supporting documentation for your chosen eligibility and the payment form to NCRA.
Unofficial transcripts are acceptable
Qualified candidates are encouraged to send their completed submission ASAP and to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow 7-10 business days to process submitted applications.
Are you having difficulty getting the required signature for the Experience Verification section of the candidate application?
A separate Experience Verification form (PDF) has been developed to allow candidates an alternative to gaining the required signature on your candidate application. Candidates should append the Experience Verification form to their completed application when submitting.
I registered for the CTR Exam before the updated testing dates were announced. How can I change my exam application in 2020?
To reschedule your exam within the same testing window (June-July or October-November), contact: PSI at #833-333-4755 at least two business days prior to your scheduled appointment.
To transfer your application to a new/updated testing window, contact: email@example.com.
To discuss your testing options in 2020, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (703)299-6640 x312.
What is the status of PSI test centers?
PSI (NCRA’s test vendor) closed test centers on March 20 as a response to COVID-19 and will reopen on May 1. Check PSI test center status @ https://www.psionline.com/closures
Is it allowable to wear a facemask &/or gloves at the test center?
Yes. PSI has relaxed its policy on the use of facemasks and gloves based on recommendations of the CDC:
· Candidates will be required to provide their own facemasks and gloves should they choose to wear them. These will not be provided by PSI.
· Facemasks will need to be removed during the check-in process to verify identify and take a photo. This photograph, used for security purposes, will also print on your score report.
· Candidates are responsible for disposing of used facemasks and gloves securely outside of the test center.
PSI test centers in the US will re-open meeting social distancing requirement on Friday, May 1, 2020.
Based on recommendations of the CDC:
NCRA's Council on Certification is exploring options to accommodate 2020 exam candidates who might be challenged meeting experience requirements by the application deadline. Exam updates to be posted in late April.
The 2020 CTR Exam testing windows are scheduled to continue as scheduled in summer (June 26-July 17) and fall (October 16-November 6). Candidate applications are being accepted and processed within 15 business days.
NCRA's Council on Certification is considering options for testing windows in 2020 to accommodate rescheduled candidates. Exam updates to be posted in late April.
For candidates who completed the March 2020, the timetable for score reports has not changed. Score reports are expected by May 8. Post-exam processes and analyses are necessary prior to the release of score reports. Candidates will be notified by email when their results can be accessed online.
NCRA's test vendor PSI has made the difficult decision to temporarily close PSI-owned and operated physical test centers in the United States starting end of day March 19, and in the United Kingdom starting end of day March 20, until April 13, 2020.
For candidates to be rescheduled for free, contact email@example.com with your request prior to your scheduled testing date and include which testing window (Summer: June 26-July 17; Fall: October 16-November 6) you prefer.
Due to state restrictions related to COVID-19, PSI test centers are closing without much advance notice.
All March 2020 candidates are encouraged to reschedule at this time. Rescheduling to another 2020 testing window can be accommodated with no financial penalty.
To be rescheduled, contact NCRA @ firstname.lastname@example.org with your request prior to your scheduled testing date and include which testing window (Summer: June 26-July 17; Fall: October 16-November 6) you prefer.
[March 12, 2020]
In response to the growing health situation posed by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), NCRA is allowing any scheduled March 2020 candidates to reschedule to another testing window in 2020 without financial penalty. Any candidate who is uneasy about going to a test center can be rescheduled to another 2020 testing window with no financial penalty. Rescheduling is recommended for any candidate who is experiencing an illness, exhibiting flu-like symptoms, or has been directed to self-quarantine by their local health authority.
To be rescheduled, contact NCRA @ email@example.com with your request prior to your scheduled testing date.
Keep updated on actions taken by psi, our testing vendor, regarding COVID-19.
March 6 - March 27, 2020; application deadline: January 31, 2020
June 26 - July 25, 2020; application deadline: June 25, 2020
September 1-12, 2020; application deadline: August 31, 2020
October 12 - November 14, 2020; application deadline: October 11, 2020
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