Refunds, Rescheduling, Cancellations, Late Registration Fee, and Absences

What are the policies regarding refunds, rescheduling, cancellations, late registration fee, and absences?

Computer Based Testing (CBT)

  • Refunds: If your application is not approved, you will obtain a partial refund. The $70.00 processing fee is not refundable.
  • Appointment Reschedule/Cancellation: If you wish to change your exam appointment date or time, you must do so at least 5 days prior to your appointment using the Reschedule/Cancel option on Prometric' s website, or by contacting Prometric's automated voice response system at 800-369-5949 (in North America) or Prometric's Regional Registration Center (outside North America); the website is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is a $70 fee for changing an appointment. No change may be made within 5 days of your appointment without forfeiting the test fee and needing to re-register and repay the test fee.
  • Requests for Refund: If you have cancelled your exam appointment with Prometric (or if you have not scheduled your exam appointment) and wish to receive a refund on your exam application fees, you must contact the ASQ Certification Department at* Requests for a refund must be received prior to the end of your exam eligibility period.  Requests received after this date will not be accepted. To apply for a future exam after cancelling and receiving a refund, you must submit a new application and pay full costs. 
  • Absence: Failure to notify Prometric or ASQ at least five days before your exam appointment and failure to meet a scheduled examination appointment will result in a no-show status. If you reach a no-show status, you will forfeit the exam fee and have to pay the full reexamination fee in order to schedule another examination..

*Please be aware a $70 processing fee will not be refunded to candidates who did not schedule an exam appointment with Prometric.  

Paper and Pencil Exams (PBT)

  • Refunds: If your application is not approved, you will obtain a partial refund. The $70.00 processing fee is not refundable. Once the exam has been held, or you have taken the examination, no refunds will be granted
  • Reschedule: You are allowed only one opportunity to reschedule your initial exam application or retake. The fee to request rescheduling is $70.00 and is not refundable. You may reschedule to an exam date up to one year after the originally scheduled date. Reschedule requests must be made by either phone, fax, or e-mail five business days prior to the exam. If you do not take the exam on your rescheduled date, you will forfeit all fees and must reapply.
  • Cancellation: You must submit your request to cancel your exam to ASQ Headquarters. Cancellation requests must be postmarked, faxed, telephoned or e-mailed to ASQ no later than five business days prior to the exam. If you have not used your one-time opportunity to reschedule, you will receive a refund minus a $70 nonrefundable processing charge.
  • Absence: Notification to reschedule or cancel must be postmarked, faxed, telephoned, or e-mailed to ASQ no later than five business days prior to the exam or you will forfeit all fees and need to reapply.
  • Late Registration Fee: Your application must be postmarked, faxed, or e-mailed by the extended application deadline. Applications sent after the extended deadline will automatically incur an additional, non-refundable, $70 late registration fee. Applications received after the late application deadline will automatically be processed for the next examination date.

CBT and PBT Cancellation by Employer

  • Certification exams paid for by an employer can be cancelled and refunded at the employer's request. Employers seeking refund/cancellation must send a completed cancellation request document to The employer must request a cancellation and agree to a refund minus a $70 processing fee. The document must be signed by an authorized member of the employer's staff. Once received, ASQ will review, and if approved, begin the refund process. Please note that no refunds will be issued within 5 days of an exam appointment.

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