Fees

Becoming a Certified Student Affairs Educator is a formal demonstration of one's commitment to ethical practice and continuous learning and development to stay current with new knowledge and trends in student affairs and services work. The Consortium supports student affairs educators interested in applying for, and maintaining, certification credentials. This includes transparency in the certification fees that are necessary to support the Consortium's ongoing operations and program maintenance with adherence to accreditor standards. 

Discounted Pilot Program Application & Exam Fees

Applications for the pilot program of both core and specialty area certifications open September 27 and will be accepted through October 23, 2022 at 11:59 pm (ET). This one-time pilot program will serve as the soft launch of Student Affairs Educator Certification. Participation in the pilot program is offered at a reduced application rate and will increase to regular rates after the completion of the Pilot.

Certification Application and Exam

Individual members of Consortium founding partner associations are eligible for a reduced application fee given that related memberships directly supported certification program development. Consortium founding partner associations include ACUHO-I, ACUI, AFA, ASCA, NACA, NASPA, and NIRSA.

An individual holding an active, individual membership for any founding partner association is eligible for the reduced rate.

The application and exam fee is due when submitting an application.

Core Certification (Only)

Membership Type
 
Pilot Program
 
Regular (Post-Pilot)
 
Individual Member of any Founding Partner Association $95 $395
Non-Member of any Founding Partner Association $195 $495

Core and One Specialty Area Certification (Concurrent Application)

Membership Type
 
Pilot Program
 
Regular (Post-Pilot)
 
Individual Member of any Founding Partner Association $135 $485
Non-Member of any Founding Partner Association $305 $655

More than one Specialty Area Certification may be added within this application at the rates listed below under "Additional Specialty Area Certifications." Individuals applying for more than one certification will need to provide payment information for each individual certification within the same application.

Additional Specialty Area Certification

An individual may concurrently apply for both Core and multiple Specialty Certifications during, and after, the pilot program. If an individual is applying for Core and more than one Specialty, the following rates will apply. Application fees vary based on the type of a membership an applicant holds and if they are participating in the pilot, or regular, program.

Additional Specialty Areas (Concurrent Application)
Membership Type
 


Pilot Program Fee Per Additional Specialty

Regular (Post-Pilot) Fee Per Additional Specialty
Individual Member of any Founding Partner Association $65 $175
Non-Member of any Founding Partner Association $165 $275
Additional Specialty Area (After Core)

An individual Core certificant holder may also elect to separately apply for an additional Specialty Certification at a later time. Reduced rates are available for these Core Certification holders who are individual members of the Specialty Association listed in the chart further below that corresponds to the respective Specialty Certification.

Membership Type Application Fee 
(Per Specialty)
Individual Member of Corresponding Specialty Association $175
Non-Member of Corresponding Specialty Association $275
Specialty Association Corresponding Specialty Certification
ACUHO-I Campus Housing and Residential Life Specialty
ACUI College Unions Specialty
AFA Fraternity and Sorority Life Specialty
ASCA Student Conduct Administration Specialty
NACA Campus Activities Specialty
NIRSA Campus Recreation Specialty

Should an individual’s application be denied due to not meeting eligibility requirements, a $50 administrative fee will be non-refundable, but the remainder of the fee paid by the individual will be refunded. These fees are not transferable. This fee does not include retake fees or reschedule/cancellation fees.

Exam Reschedule

You may cancel or reschedule your exam with no additional fee up to 24 hours prior to your scheduled exam. Any request to reschedule from 24 hours to the originally scheduled exam time will incur a corresponding exam retake fee.

Exam Retake

Candidates who do not pass a Core or Specialty Certification exam are encouraged to re-take the exam. The Consortium supports such candidates by offering feedback on exam results after the completion of an exam, and reduced rates for exam retakes.


 
Pilot Program
 
Regular (Post-Pilot)
 
Core Exam $0 (Free) $150
Individual Specialty Exam $0 (Free) $100

Recertification

Each certification is valid for five years. At the five-year anniversary of one’s certification, certified individuals are eligible to apply for recertification. To recertify for another five-year period, the certificant will need to complete the recertification requirements and pay the recertification fee that corresponds to their credentials.

Core Recertification

An individual holding an active, individual membership in any founding partner association is eligible to recertify for the Core certification at a reduced amount.

Membership Type
 
Core Certification
 
Individual Member of any Founding Partner Association $175
Non-Member of any Founding Partner Association $350
Specialty Area Recertification

An individual holding an active, individual membership in the Specialty Association that corresponds to the respective Specialty Certification is eligible to recertify for that Specialty Area certification at a reduced amount.

Membership Type
 
Specialty Certification
 
Individual Member of Corresponding Specialty Association $100
Non-Member of Corresponding Specialty Association $225

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