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Testing Times and Procedures
All new applicants for In-Training or Full Registration must apply for and successfully complete the Sanitarian and Environmental Specialist Examination. (Applicants approved for reciprocal registration are exempt from this requirement.)
All applicants approved for exam will receive an information letter via email (or postal mail if email is not available) prior to the scheduled test date. Testing slots are extremely limited; therefore, do not come to the exam if you have not received an approval letter from our office. If you have not received an approval letter, you are not on the schedule to exam.
If the next scheduled exam is in less than two (2) weeks and you have submitted your application but not received your approval letter, please contact our office immediately.
No other items are required for the exam. Please note the following:
The exam is given on computer and will be scored upon completion. The exam is 97 questions and requires a minimum passing score of 60%. The exam is not timed; however, examinees generally take roughly one (1) hour and are strongly encouraged to complete the exam before the Council meeting at 10:00 am. Applicants are permitted to leave the exam room for brief bathroom or water breaks.
Upon completion of the exam, the examinee must flag down the OSDH testing staff to submit their examination for scoring. Failure to observe this instruction may render your exam score irretrievable, resulting in a required retest.
All examinees will receive a hard copy of their exam score. Those scoring below 60% will receive a retest form and be released. Those scoring 60% or above will be instructed to wait outside the testing room to be called back in individually for their informal interview with the Council. Proper dress code is encouraged for Council meetings.
At the meeting, successful examinees will receive their registration number, followed shortly in the mail by their wallet card and/or certificate.
The following minimum wait periods apply before applicants are permitted to retest:
Unless requested otherwise, the applicant will be scheduled for the next eligible test date. They will receive a new exam approval letter with the exam information via email or postal mail.
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