Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: My transcripts are from an institution outside the United States and Canada. Where can I find a list of approved evaluation agencies to evaluate my credits as required for my certification?
A: Click here to download a list of approved evaluation agencies.

Q: What is involved with getting my application approved?
A: Your application form must be completed, notarized and submitted. Yes, it can be scanned and submitted electronically, or faxed. Once we have a completed application and the application fee, a file is established for you and you’re assigned a registration number.

Q: How are exams administered?
A: All exams are computer-based. NRCC partners with Applicants will take the exam with a local proctor approved by NRCC on their own schedule once they have been approved for the exam. You will receive proctor information by email upon approval. For additional questions on the testing process, please contact the office.

Q: What is a passing score on the exam?
A: Based on standards established by the Board of Directors, which may change periodically, the current passing grades are as follows…
-Chemical Hygiene Officer: 60% (90 of 150 questions)
-Environmental Analytical Chemist and Environmental Analytical Technician: 60% (90 of 150)
-Clinical Chemist, Clinical Chemistry Technologist, Toxicological Chemist, Toxicological Technician: 60% (90 of 150)

Q: How is the Board of Directors elected, and what do they do?
A: The BOD consists of representatives nominated by the following organizations: American Association for Clinical Chemistry, American Board of Clinical Chemistry, American Chemical Society, and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Members are elected to three year terms, and can serve a maximum of three terms. The Board members are responsible for establishing and maintaining standards and qualifications for the granting, issuing and renewing of certifications. They participate in the development of new tests and programs, and all applications are evaluated by a credentials committee consisting of three Board members. We are fortunate to have a dedicated, productive Board who contribute considerable time to support NRCC.

Q: Will you notify my state agency of my new certification if I need certification for my licensing?
A: Yes, if you send an email request and provide the appropriate contact information. There is no charge for this service.