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Testing Times and Procedures

Exam Dates & Location | Exam Day Procedures | Retest 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.

Testing Times and Locations for 2015
Exams are held the second Wednesday of every other month.

February 11, 2015

All exams begin at 8:30 am at:

Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 NE 10th Street
Room 136-S (first floor)
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

April 8, 2015
June 10, 2015
August 12, 2015
October 14, 2015
December 9, 2015





Exam Day Procedures
Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to exam time for check-in.  You must have a valid government-issued photo ID to check in.  If you are running late or need to cancel/reschedule, please contact our office immediately.

No other items are required for the exam.  Please note the following:

  • Active cell phones are not allowed.  If your phone goes off during your exam, your exam will be voided.
  • Pencil and scratch paper are provided.  These cannot leave the testing room.
  • A calculator is available on the exam computer.
  • Exam notes or study guides are not allowed and will be temporarily confiscated prior to the exam.
  • Snacks or drinks are allowed, but do not leave trash in your cubicle.  A trash can is provided in the testing room.

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.

Retest Procedures
If an applicant fails to pass the exam, they will be released from the testing room, and receive a
retest form from the test proctor to be submitted with the $30.00 retest fee at their convenience.       

The following minimum wait periods apply before applicants are permitted to retest:

  • First failure: 30-day waiting period
  • Subsequent failures: 90-day waiting period

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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