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Frequently Asked Questions: CHFA

How much does the exam cost?

Please review our Training & Certification Catalog for pricing information.

How is the exam proctored?

The certification exam is proctored remotely via streaming audio, video, and screen sharing feeds. The screensharing feed allows proctors to view candidates' desktops (including all monitors). The audio, video, and screen sharing feeds will be stored for a limited period of time in the event that there is a subsequent need for review.
If you’re interested in taking an online proctored exam through PSI and want a better understanding of what to expect before registering, watch the PSI Online Proctoring Experience video.
Candidates should review the Bridge FAQ Information, published by PSI, to prepare for the Secure Browser installation and be aware of how to resolve issues with the Installation/download or launch of their exam:

What are the system requirements to take the exam?

Candidates must provide their own computer with:
  • Current version of Chrome or Chromium
    • you don’t need to install a virtual machine, use a client machine, or anything beyond a Chrome or Chromium browser
    • Make sure you have third party cookies turned on for the duration of the exam.
  • One active monitor (either built in or external) (NOTE: Dual Monitors are NOT supported) The Linux Foundation recommends a screen size of 15” or higher to support the ExamUI.
  • Reliable internet access
    • Ensure others on the same internet connection are not performing activities that use excessive bandwidth (i.e. holding conference calls, streaming content, gaming, etc.)
    • A wired connection is often more stable and robust than a wireless connection
    • Turn off bandwidth-intensive services (e.g. file sync, dropbox, BitTorrent)
  • Microphone
    • Please check to make sure it is working before you start your exam session.
  • Webcam
    • Ensure the webcam is capable of being moved as the proctor may ask you to pan your surroundings to check for potential violations of exam policy.
    • Try holding up your ID while viewing your webcam feed to ensure your placement and resolution are sufficient for the person viewing your feed to read your ID.
    • If you will be testing from an employer-provide ISP or will use an employer provided machine, please ensure that streaming will be allowed using WebRTC.

What are the Testing Environment requirements to take the exam?

Below are the expectations for an acceptable testing environment:
  • Clutter-free work area
    • No objects such as paper, writing implements, electronic devices, or other objects on top of surface
    • No objects such as paper, trash bins, or other objects below the testing surface
  • Clear walls
    • No paper/print outs hanging on walls
    • Paintings and other wall décor is acceptable
    • Candidates will be asked to remove non-décor items prior to the exam being released
  • Lighting
    • Space must be well lit so that proctor is able to see candidate’s face, hands, and surrounding work area
    • No bright lights or windows behind the examinee
  • Other
    • Candidate must remain within the camera frame during the examination
    • Space must be private where there is no excessive noise. Public spaces such as coffee shops, stores, open office environments, etc. are not allowed.

What are the ID requirements to take the exam?

Candidates need to provide identification (ID) that meets the requirements outlined below:
  • All IDs must be valid (unexpired) Government-issued originals (i.e. not a photocopy)
  • IDs must include the candidate's name, photo, and signature*
    • *Government-issued biometric IDs that do not contain signature will be accepted
  • The first and last name on the ID must exactly match the verified name entered on your exam checklist
  • Acceptable forms of ID:
    • International travel passport
    • Government-issued driver’s license/permit
    • Government-Issued local language ID (with photo and signature)
    • National identity card State or province-issued identity card
    • Alien registration card (green card or permanent resident/visa)
    • 住民基本台帳 (Basic Resident Register with photo) or マイナンバーカード(My Number Card)
  • Minors, between the age of 16-18, are permitted to take an online proctored exam with PSI, provided they complete the following requirements:
    • A Parent/Guardian must complete the Parental Release for Testing of Minors form, and submit it to trainingsupport.linuxfoundation.org, at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled date of the exam
    • At check in, the minor candidate must present a valid student ID as a form of identification
    • During the PSI check-in process, the candidate's guardian must also present a valid ID and must provide verbal consent during the PSI check-in process.

Sanctioned Countries

Exams may be administered to citizens of a sanctioned country listed below PROVIDED the citizens are tested OUTSIDE the sanctioned country and their exam registration and current ID show an address OUTSIDE the sanctioned country.
  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • Syria
  • Sudan
  • North Korea
  • Crimea Region of Ukraine

How long will the exam take?

Candidates are allowed 2 hours to complete the CHFA Exam.

What score is needed to pass the exam?

For the CHFA Exam, a score of 62% or above must be earned to pass.

How is my exam scored?

Exams are scored automatically, usually within 24 hours of completion. Results will be emailed within 24 hours from the time that the Exam was completed. Exams are graded for results. There may be more than one way to perform a task on an Exam and unless otherwise specified, the candidate can pick any available path to complete the task as long as it produces the correct result.

What resources am I allowed to access during my exam?

CHFA
During the exam, Candidates may only use the browser within the VM to access the following documentation:
The allowed sites above may contain links that point to other external sites. Candidates will be prohibited from accessing these sites.

What application version is running in the Exam Environment?

The CHFA exam environment is currently running Fabric v2.2

What language(s) is the exam offered In?

The CHFA Exam is currently available in English and Japanese.

How long is my certification valid for?

CHFA, and CHFD Certifications are valid for 3 years.

How do I renew my certification?

Candidates have the option to retake and pass the exam to renew their certification. Certification Renewal must be completed prior to the certification expiration date. The renewed certification will be valid for a further 3 years effective from the date the exam is passed.
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How much does the exam cost?
How is the exam proctored?
What are the system requirements to take the exam?
What are the Testing Environment requirements to take the exam?
What are the ID requirements to take the exam?
Sanctioned Countries
How long will the exam take?
What score is needed to pass the exam?
How is my exam scored?
What resources am I allowed to access during my exam?
What application version is running in the Exam Environment?
What language(s) is the exam offered In?
How long is my certification valid for?
How do I renew my certification?