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Dates and Deadlines

APPLICATION PERIOD

SPRING 2019
2 January 2019 -
5 April 2019

FALL 2019
22 April -
6 September 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE

SPRING 2019
5 April 2019
23:59 p.m. UTC

FALL 2019
6 September 2019
by 23:59 p.m. UTC

TESTING WINDOW

SPRING 2019
22 April -
18 May 2019

FALL 2019
23 September -
19 October 2019

Testing Windows and Application Deadlines

The "testing window" is the time period during which the WCET exam is offered. There are two testing windows annually. Candidates may test on any date during the testing window, depending upon availability at the testing centers. Each testing window has a separate application period as noted above.

Application Process

All candidates who submit an application will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours indicating that their application was successfully transmitted. Within seven (7) business days of submitting a completed application, you will receive an Authorization to Schedule notice via email providing information on how to schedule your examination.

After submitting your application, you will be issued a IEEE WCET® ID number that is required to schedule your examination. This is also your unique ID number for any future IEEE examinations as well as for recertification. Your number is very important!

Applications for the first testing window in 2019 will be accepted starting 2 January 2019.

Authorization to Schedule

Upon successfully completing the application, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours indicating your application and exam fee were successfully transmitted. Within seven (7) business days of receipt of a completed application, you will receive via email an Authorization to Schedule notice providing information on how to schedule your examination.

Examination and Other Fees

IEEE/IEEE ComSoc Members
Examination Fee* - US$450
Recertification Fee - US$180

Non-Members
Examination Fee* - US$550
Recertification Fee - US$210

*A nonrefundable US$175 application fee is included in the total exam fee.

Duplicate certificate
Processing plus shipping fee

Online practice exam
US$50

Organizations or employers may sponsor candidates for the examination. Candidates who are being sponsored by an employer will receive a promotional code from their sponsor. Candidates should enter this promotional code (and credit card information if applicable) in the payment section of the application.

Payment Methods

Examination fees are due at the time of application submission. Applicants may pay by VISA, MasterCard, or American Express. That is the only type of payment accepted.

Special Accommodation Requests

IEEE ComSoc will, to the best of its ability, accommodate candidates with disabilities who need special arrangements to take the examination. Auxiliary aids and services will be provided except where these may fundamentally alter the examination or result in an undue burden.

PearsonVUE may be unable to comply with special accommodation requests made by candidates taking the examination where local operating conditions or local laws and customs render such requests unlawful, impossible, or economically unfeasible to perform.

A special accommodation request must be made by the candidate at the time of application by marking the appropriate box on the online application. Candidates who request special accommodations must also submit the Special Testing Accommodation Request form and the Documentation of Disability-Related Needs by Qualified Professional form.

Candidates must mail, email or fax special accommodation information to ComSoc within ten (10) business days of the date they submit the application. Candidates who do not provide the requested information within the specified time frame will forfeit all fees.

IEEE ComSoc will, to the best of its ability, accommodate candidates with disabilities who need special arrangements to take the examination. Auxiliary aids and services will be provided except where these may fundamentally alter the examination or result in an undue burden. Pearson VUE may be unable to comply with special accommodation requests made by candidates taking the examination where local operating conditions or local laws and customs render such requests unlawful, impossible, or economically unfeasible to perform. 

A special accommodation request must be made by the candidate at the time of application by sending an email to cert@comsoc.org with “SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION REQUEST” in the Subject line. The nature of the disability, identification of the test(s) and protocols used to confirm the diagnosis, a description of past accommodations made for the disability, and the specific testing accommodations requested must be detailed in the email request. All information submitted will be kept confidential. 

Review the IEEE WCET Candidate's Handbook for information on the following:

  • Denial or Revocation of IEEE WCET® Certification
  • Appeals Board / Appeals Decision

Contact Us

For questions, concerns, or group discounts contact:
Tara Gallus
Certification and Professional Education Program Administrator
email: t.gallus@comsoc.org

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