Foremen FAQs


NRCA ProCertification offers you:

  • National, professional recognition
  • Independently validated expertise and skills
  • Certifications that stay with you throughout your career
  • Increased employer confidence and value
  • Pride knowing you’re a leading professional in your field

ProCertification is only for experienced workers; however, NRCA provides information to help workers decide whether they are ready to pursue certification. While more seasoned workers may feel they are ready to take their exam without preparation, NRCA recommends that all candidates take time to review NRCA's ProCertification readiness checklists, tutorials and practice exams on the NRCA Readiness Resources page.

No. As long as you meet the experience and skills requirements, no specific training is required.

Foremen looking to become NRCA ProCertified must pass a proctored, online exam taken at a local Prometric computer testing facility. Prometric testing sites are searchable by ZIP code. To find the center nearest you, visit

Testing Information

Proctored, online exams must be taken at a local Prometric computer testing facility. Prometric offers thousands of testing sites across the world searchable by ZIP code. To find the center nearest you, visit

Yes. All information, materials and tests are available in English and Spanish. If you are concerned about your literacy, the online knowledge exam also is available as an "audio-delivery" option where the questions can be heard via a headset at the Prometric location.

The online exam is time limited; you are allowed up to 2 hours to complete it.

You should arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled exam time to complete the secure check-in process. You are allowed up to 15 minutes to view the online tutorial before starting the timed exam.

Yes; you may retake the online exam if needed after a five-day grace period.

NRCA advises candidates who fail an exam to review the Job Task Analysis and the tasks listed in the Employer Verification Form to better prepare for the exam retake."

All scores are calculated using standard psychometric practices and results are reported as a pass/fail score.

To gain admission to NRCA ProCertification testing centers, you must present a valid (unexpired) government issued photo ID such as a driver’s license, passport or work authorization card. Failure to supply proper ID at the time of the exam is considered a missed appointment and an additional exam fee may apply.

NRCA only will provide general feedback, not question-specific results.


The certification fee covers NRCA staff review of an application and one attempt at the online exam, per person per discipline. Once certified, your foreman certification is valid for 3 years. You also receive your NRCA ProCertification ID card, hardhat decals and digital badge as evidence of your certification.

If you cancel your online exam or miss your appointment, you will be charged a rescheduling fee based on the following:

  • Five days or less before your appointment: $100
  • Six-29 days before your appointment: $35
  • Thirty days or more before your appointment: No rescheduling fee will be charged.
  • Also, if you fail to provide a valid photo ID upon arrival to your appointment, you will have to reschedule and be charged a $100 rescheduling fee.

If you are not successful at passing the proctored online exam, you will be charged a retake fee of $199 for members and $399 for nonmembers.

Certification Maintenance

Yes, NRCA will implement a Certification Maintenance program in mid-to-late 2020.


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