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NCRW - Nationally Certified Resume Writer - Unparalleled Excellence in Resume Writing

STEP 3: The Certification Exam

Once you have submitted at least one sample package and documented 10 CEUs, you may register for the two-part examination.  The exam registration fee is $250. Additional forms and instructions will be included in the registration confirmation email.

Part 1: Proofreading Exam

The first part is an hour-long timed proofreading exam. You are provided with a resume that is full of errors and asked to identify 25 specific mistakes (e.g., punctuation, redundancy, telegraphic writing) within the hour. This portion of the exam is graded within 1-2 days.

If you fail Part 1 of the exam, you must wait 30 days to retake it ($50.00 fee). 

Part 2: Resume and Cover Letter Writing Exam

For the second part, you will be given a candidate profile and asked to write a resume and cover letter based solely on the raw profile provided. You will have five days to complete the project, which is handled via email. Your documents will be reviewed by two graders and you will receive your results within four weeks.

If you fail Part 2 of the exam, you must wait 30 days to retake it ($150.00 fee). If you fail Part 2 of the exam twice, you must wait 12 months to retake it ($150.00 fee).

Advisory Board:

Sally McIntosh (Chair) 
Pat Kendall
Judy Friedler
Michelle Dumas
Kimberly Isaacs
Mary Jo King

Grading Panel:

Norine Dagliano
Nelly Grinfeld
Kathy Keshemberg
Cheryl Minnick
Ashley Watkins

Please contact
with any questions.

The National Résumé Writers' Association
2331 Rock Spring Road, Forest Hill, MD 21050

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