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You can access to the CAMS Exam application form here.How do I log-in to the online CAMS application form?
If you already have ACAMS account, please go here and login with your registered email (username) and password. If you are new to ACAMS and do not have any account, visit this page and select “Register” to create a new account.Do I need to submit a completed application at the time of purchase, or can I submit the application at a later time?
Candidates may pay for their certification prior to submitting their application; however, the application process is not complete until they have submitted their paperwork and ACAMS has approved their application.Can I submit a digital version of my supporting docs?
Yes, you are able to provide soft copies of your supporting documentation. Please submit and upload your application and supporting documentation via the online CAMS application form.Where can I see the status of my CAMS application?
You will be able to see the status of your CAMS application when you login to the online CAMS application form.How long do I have to take the CAMS exam from the day I pay?
You have 6 months from the day you purchase your examination package. As of November 18, 2019, we will no longer issue voucher codes. Instead, ACAMS will send eligible candidates’names to Pearson VUE test center. You will then be able to schedule your test with Pearson VUE by logging on to the ACAMS website and accessing the exam scheduling system.How can I submit my application?
You can submit your CAMS Exam application here.Is there a web form for the CAMS Application?
You can submit your CAMS Exam application here.Do all professional references need to work at the same organization?
No, we would prefer if they were not all from the same organization.Is the CAMS application transferable?
The CAMS application is not transferable; however, the CAMS Examination payment may be transferable. The individual to whom the payment is being transferred will need to submit his/her own application for approval.Is there a government discount offered for the CAMS exam?
Yes, you may view the public sector pricing here http://www.acams.org/en/certifications/cams-certification.How many languages is the CAMS exam available?
- Bahasa Indonesia
- Chinese –simplified
- Chinese –traditional
Please provide ACAMS with official transcripts or copy of your diplomaWhat are the eligibility requirements to take the CAMS exam?
A full list of eligibility requirements can be found in the Candidate Handbook. However, at a minimum, you will need to be a member of ACAMS and qualify with a minimum of 40 credits.Would you accept credits from outside training?
Yes, you are able to apply credits from third party organizations towards your CAMS certification application.Am I eligible to take the CAMS exam if I do not a higher education degree?
Yes, you may qualify using a combination of other eligibility criteria categories. Please reference the Eligibility Criteria matrix in the CAMS Candidate Handbook.Do I earn any credits for being an ACAMS member?
Membership does earn credits towards recertification; however, it does not count towards the CAMS Examination Application.Does the higher education degree need to be financially related in order to be eligible for CAMS credits?
Qualifying degrees can be in any field of study; however, they must be issued by a college or university.Would internship experience be eligible for the professional credit towards the 40 credit requirement?
Yes, however, the internship would need to be related to AML
Upon payment of your certification package, ACAMS will provide you with a link which will take you to a page where you can download the study material.Is the study guide included in the CAMS exam price?
Yes, the Study Guide is included in the CAMS certification package priceCan I view the study guide on a kindle?
Yes, the CAMS Study Guide PDF is viewable on most e-readers.Where can I find examples of the CAMS exam questions?
Chapter 6 of the CAMS Study Guide contains practice questions for your reference.
You must first apply for the CAMS Examination. Once your application is approved and you have purchased your examination package, you will be emailed instructions on how to schedule your exam at the nearest Pearson VUE testing center.When can I register to take the exam?
Candidates are able to register for the exam as soon as they purchase their examination package.
After you have purchased your examination package and your application is accepted, you will receive instructions via email regarding how to access the scheduling tool.Is it possible to take the exam during a conference?
The CAMS Examination is only offered at testing centers, so It’s not possible to take the exam during a conference. Our new test delivery vendor, Pearson VUE, provides a worldwide network that allow candidates for ACAMS certifications to schedule the exam at any of their 5,000+ worldwide testing centers. Find a testing center near you: https://wsr.pearsonvue.com/testtaker/find/testcenter/ACAMS.
Candidates may reschedule their exam on the web at no cost to them prior to the 72-hour window. Cancellations and rescheduling prior to the 72-hour window can be done directly on the Pearson VUE site. You may also reschedule or cancel via the Pearson VUE call center (1-866-389-8339) up to 72 hours before the exam for a fee of US$20. If you cancel or reschedule an exam within 24 to 72 hours of your scheduled time, there will be a fee of US$100 collected by Pearson VUE. There is an additional fee for scheduling an exam by phone rather than by using the online system. Pearson VUE call centers will answer questions for assisting with online scheduling free of charge. However, if the exam is scheduled on the phone, there will be a US$20 fee collected by Pearson VUE. If you cancel your exam within 24 hours or do not show up for your scheduled appointment, you will need to contact ACAMS and you will be charged for a new authorization (US$299 private sector/US$199 public sector).To schedule a re-take, the candidate must:
- Request an invoice through the Contact Us page online;
- Pay the examination fee for their new authorization to Test-US$299 for Private members and US$199 for Public member;
- Reschedule their exam through the test delivery website.
Yes, however, the price for a two-month extension is $100. The price for a 6-month extension is $299.
Test takers will have 210 minutes (3.5 hours) to complete the CAMS Examination.How long is my CAMS certification valid thru?
The CAMS certification is valid for a period of (3) three years. However, certified members will be required to further their knowledge through continuing education. Members will need to recertify upon the conclusion of this 3-year cycle. Please see CAMS Recertification for more information.
Please bring two forms of a current and valid government-issued identification bearing a photograph and a signature. The name on the identification must match the name used for registration.What am I able to bring with me into the testing area?
You are not allowed to bring anything into the testing area. You will be provided with a secured area where you can leave your personal belongings including cell phones. Anyone caught with a cell phone on their person during the examination will have their examination cancelled and will be asked to leave the testing center immediately.Where can I park on the day of the exam?
All test center locations must have onsite or nearby parking available for test takers.Will the computer/equipment be provided at the test center?
Yes, all test centers are fully equipped with computers and other necessary hardware/software.
Test takers will need to earn a 75 or higher in order to pass the 6th Edition CAMS exam.When will I know my test score?
Your score is displayed upon submission of your examination. You will also receive a printed score report at the test center, and it will be emailed to you shortly after your examination. This email will state your exam results and how to maintain the certification up to date.Do you disclose test results by question or topic?
According to our policy which is designed to protect the integrity of the CAMS examination, we do not disclose the exam question content.Are the Test results disclosed to third parties? Are the test results public?
Test results are not released to the public. However, ACAMS may disclose exam results to those organizations subsidizing the certification for their employees.
Yes, members can expect to receive their e-certificate within a week from the day they passed the exam.Can I receive a digital copy of my CAMS certificate?
Yes, members can expect to receive their e-certificate within a week from the day they passed the exam. Process might change based on region.Can my company issue a press release announcing that I achieved my CAMS?
Yes, a press release will be mailed to you with your CAMS Certificate. However, this is only a suggested template. Your company is welcome to use their own version.Do I receive additional credits for passing the CAMS exam?
Candidates do not receive credits for passing the exam.
Candidates who fail are able to retake the examination 30 days after first attempt, 60 days after second attempt, and 90 days after 3rd and each following attempt. The cost to retake the exam is $299 for private sector members and $199 for public sector members. Please visit visit this page and submit a query to request an invoice and if you have questions.How long must I wait to retake the exam from my previous attempt?
After a first failed attempt, the mandatory waiting period is 30 days. After a second failed attempt, the mandatory waiting period is 60 days. After a third failed attempt, the mandatory waiting period is 90 days. A candidate is not allowed to take the examination more than three consecutive times; there are no exceptions allowed.
Yes, you may access the CAMS Graduate list here http://www.acams.org/en/graduates/acams-graduate-list-cams-certified-graduates. The graduate list updates bi-weekly. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your name to appear on the website. If your name does not appear within 2-3 weeks of having successfully completed the CAMS Examination, please visit this page and submit your inquiry. In order to remain on the CAMS graduation list, you must maintain an active ACAMS membership.
Members are due to recertify every (3) three years from the year of their certification. For example, if Mary certified in 2014, her recertification year would be 2017.What are the requirements I need in order to recertify?
The requirements in order to recertify are: having an active ACAMS membership, meet the continuing education credits which is a total of 60 credits (12 out of the 60 credits must be ACAMS credits) and submitting the online application form with all required information.Do I need to submit supporting documentation with my recertification application?
You will not need to submit supporting documentation with your application. However, ACAMS conducts an audit of each recertifying class. Anyone selected to participate in the audit will need to provide all of their supporting documentation. Members who are not able to provide supporting documentation may be at risk of becoming decertified.Do credits earned the same year I become CAMS count towards with my recertification?
Yes, as long as the credits were earned after you passed the CAMS Examination.How can I earn online training credits towards my recertification?
ACAMS has a full range of webinars for members to choose from as well as online certificate courses. Please visit the ACAMS training page on our website for more information.Do other affiliations count towards recertifications? (ACFE)
Members may use other professional certifications towards recertification as long as these are related to financial crime prevention.How do I declare continuing education credits?
You do not need to declare continuing education credits earned through ACAMS events. Please keep track of credits earned through outside organizations as these cannot be registered on your ACAMS profile.Where can I find my educational credits?
To view your educational credits, please sign in to your account, click on “My Account” section and these will be displayed when you scroll down the page.How can I purchase my recertification package online?
You can purchase your recertification package during your application submission. Once you have completed the application, you will be prompted for payment option. You can use your credit card to make an online payment or alternatively, please click here to request an invoice.How do I access and submit my recertification application?
You may submit your recertification application by going to our website at acams.org and selecting the ‘Sign in’ tab on the upper right. Note: if you do not know your password, please select ‘Forgot Password’ to create a new one. Please do not create a new account. If you do not remember your email on file, please click here to write to us.
Please contact the ACFE to inquire.Do I earn credits by enrolling in any free webinar offered by ACAMS?
Your individual ACAMS membership includes the ability to take unlimited free ACAMS webinars, including past webinars archived on our Learning Management System, and count those webinars towards recertification.
We are changing the number of qualifying credits one can attain for education past a master’s degree, as well as the number of qualifying credits one can attain for work experience.Although 40 qualifying credits are still required, this change means that applicants with a JD degree or a PhD can qualify based solely on education, and those applicants with 4 verified years of financial crime compliance work experience can qualify solely based on their experience.In addition, we will not be asking for references.Why is ACAMS making the changes to certificate eligibility?
We review our eligibility requirements as needed based on feedback from both candidates and employers. The changes to increase the qualifying credits that can come from higher levels of education and work experience reflect this feedback and we believe will simplify the process for many candidates.When will the eligibility requirements take effect?
The new requirements take effect upon publication of our new web application form with the changes, effective November, 2019.If my application was previously rejected but would qualify under the new requirements, can I re-apply?
Yes, you can re-apply once these new requirements take effect.
Effective November 18, 2019, CAMS exams will be delivered with Pearson VUE via their worldwide network of more than 5,000 testing centers. Following a transition phase, CAMS certification exams will no longer be available at Kryterion testing centers.Who is Pearson VUE?
Pearson VUE (pearsonvue.com) provides computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centers in 180 countries. Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the world’s largest learning company.Why is ACAMS changing its test delivery program?
We are seeking to make the CAMS exam even more accessible. CAMS is currently available at approximately 1,500 test centers. This change will make CAMS available at over 5,000 centers globally.When exactly will this change happen?
Here is a list of important dates that you need to be aware of as it relates to this transition.
Key Dates - Actions
November 18, 2019 - First day to schedule andtake an exam at a Pearson VUE testing center
November 22, 2019 - Last day to register for an exam at a Kryterion testing center
November 24, 2019 - Deadline for ensuring your name on ACAMS system matches exactly with your government-issued ID. Click Here to check your name
Week of November 25, 2019 - Candidates with approved applications who will be testing at a Pearson VUE center will receive an email with instructions to complete a new Test Taker AgreementIs the CAMS exam changing?
No, the CAMS exam will be identical whether you take your exam at a Kryterion or a Pearson VUE Test Center.
If, based on your circumstances, you will be testing at a Pearson VUE center, you will need to fill out a new Test-Taker Authorization that provides us with permission to share necessary data with Pearson VUE. ACAMS will send out instructions for this the week of November 25.Whether you need to take any other actions depends on your individual circumstances. The next series of questions will address these circumstances.I have purchased a CAMS or CGSS package but have not yet applied and received a voucher code. How will this change impact me?
When you apply and your application is accepted, you will receive information on how to schedule your exam at a Pearson VUE center.I have an unexpired CAMS voucher code for Kryterion but have not yet scheduled my exam. How will this change impact me?
You can use your voucher code to schedule an exam with Kryterion, as long as you use the voucher code before November 22, and schedule your exam to take place before December 31. If you do not use your voucher code before November 22 to schedule your exam with Kryterion, your voucher codewill be cancelled and we will send you an email with information on how to complete a new Test-Taker Agreement and schedule an exam with Pearson VUE.I am scheduled to take my CAMS exam at a Kryterion Test Center prior to November 22, 2019. How will this change impact me?
You can go and take your exam as scheduled at the Kryterion Testing Center before November 22, 2019. You are not impacted by this change.I am scheduled to take my CAMS exam at a Kryterion Test Center between November 18 and December 31, 2019. How does this change impact me?
You can go and take your exam as scheduled at the Kryterion Test Center before December 31, 2019. As long as it is not within 72 hours of your scheduled exam appointment, you can reschedule your exam at another Kryterion Test Center as long as you schedule the exam to occur prior to December 31 2019.I am scheduled to take my CAMS exam at a Kryterion Test Center after December 31st, 2019. How will this change impact me?
All scheduled CAMS exams at a Kryterion center that are scheduled for after December 31, 2019 will be cancelled, and we will send you an email with information on how to complete a new Test-Taker Agreement and schedule an exam with Pearson VUE.
Through November 15, 2019, we provided CAMS candidates with a voucher code after they purchased a CAMS package and submitted an application. Candidates then use that voucher code to schedule their CAMS exam on the Kryterion website. As of November 18, 2019, we will no longer issue voucher codes. Instead, ACAMS will send eligible candidates’names to Pearson VUE. You will then be able to schedule your test with Pearson VUE by logging on to the ACAMS website and accessing the exam scheduling system. This automation will make scheduling an exam simpler for candidates. In order for this automation to work properly, it is very important that you ensure the name in ACAMS’ system matches exactly with your name as it appears on the government-issued identification you will present at the testing center. Click here to ensure we have your legal name.Where are Pearson VUE Authorized Test Centers located?
Pearson VUE currently has more than 5,000 Pearson VUE Test Centers in more than 180 countries; including several hundred company-owned and operated Pearson Professional Centers. Candidates with access to military bases can test at on-base military test centers. You can find available test centers here.What if there is no center in my area?
If there is no center available within 50 miles of your residence or work addresses, or if no center is available in your country, please contact us at www.acams.org/en/contact-us with that information. We may be able to offer alternative testing options.Will the test fees change?
Your CAMS package includes the testing fee. No test center should be collecting fees from a candidate when you go to test. However, there is an additional fee for scheduling an exam by phone rather than by using the online system. Pearson VUE call centers will answer questions for assisting with online scheduling free of charge. However, if the exam is scheduled on the phone, there will be a $20 fee collected by Pearson VUE. If you cancel or reschedule an exam within 24 to 72 hours of your scheduled time, there will be a fee of US$100 collected by Pearson VUE. If you cancel your exam within 24 hours or do not show up for your scheduled appointment, you will need to contact ACAMS and you will be charged for a new authorization (US$299 private sector/US$199 public sector).What are the changes to the center testing process for CAMS candidates?
At Pearson VUE testing centers, in addition to the identification requirements, candidates will now be photographed and asked to provide a digital signature. The photograph and signature will become a permanent part of each candidate’s CAMS certification record. Photos taken during the admission process may be printed on score reports and all candidate data will be securely stored and protected by Pearson VUE. These requirements may be modified according to local lawsWhat are the benefits of capturing digital photos and signatures?
Digital photos and signatures are used to ensure that the person presenting the certification credential is the same individual who took the exam. This procedure helps to ensure that ACAMS’ certifications maintain their integrity and value within the marketplace.How will candidate personal information be stored?
- International Travel Passport
- Driver’s license
- Military ID (including spouse & dependents)
- Identification card (national/state/province identity card)
- Alien registration card (green card, permanent resident, visa)
- Local language ID (not in Roman characters) –accepted only if issued from the country the person is testing in
- Any ID containing at least name and signature, or name and recent recognizable photo that meets ID requirements below
Identification (ID) Requirements
- The first and last name that the candidate uses to register must match exactly the first and last name on both of the IDs that are presented on test day.
- All IDs required must be issued by the country in which the candidate is testing. If the candidate does not have a qualifying primary ID issued from the country they are testing in, an International Travel Passport from their country of citizenship is required, along with a secondary ID.
- Candidate is required to present two forms of original (no photo copies or digital IDs), valid (unexpired) IDs; one form as a primary ID (government issued with name, recent recognizable photo, and signature) and one form as a secondary ID (with at least a name and signature, or name and recent recognizable photo).
- Expired forms of ID are not acceptable; unless accompanied by valid renewal papers.
- If a government issued ID is missing a visible signature (or has an embedded signature), the candidate is allowed to test as long as the other requirements for primary and secondary IDs are met.
- *If you have any questions about the ID you are required to bring with you to the testing center for admittance for your exam, please contact Pearson VUE customer service at www.pearsonvue.com/contact. Any candidate exceptions to the ID policy must be preapproved by the Pearson VUE customer service center at least three business days before the scheduled exam appointment.
Yes. All of ACAMS’ test-based certification programs will have their exams administered at Pearson VUE centers. CGSS exams will be available with Pearson VUE in January 2020.Can Pearson VUE sites accommodate candidates with special needs?
Yes, ACAMS and Pearson VUE allow accommodations to candidates who are identified as having special needs. If you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation, please contact ACAMS at firstname.lastname@example.org.How do I schedule a CAMS exam with Pearson VUE?
You will receive instructions via email regarding how to access the scheduling tool.
It’s easy to join the Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center network if you meet basic requirements. You’ll find an application, technical specifications and instructions at https://home.pearsonvue.com/For-test-centers/Learn-more.aspx.My organization is currently a Pearson VUE test center. Do we need to renew our agreement?
No. Pearson VUE does not plan to make any changes to the authorized testing center agreement.Need additional information?
Check back to this page frequently as we will be updating this list of FAQs. If you don’t find the answer to your question, please contact ACAMS at https://www.acams.org/en/contact-us.