Becoming a Certified Student Affairs Educator is a formal demonstration of one's commitment to ethical practice and continuous learning and development to stay current with new knowledge and trends in student affairs and services work. The Consortium supports student affairs educators interested in applying for, and maintaining, certification credentials. This includes transparency in the certification fees that are necessary to support the Consortium's ongoing operations and program maintenance with adherence to accreditor standards.
Discounted Pilot Program Application & Exam Fees
Applications for the pilot program of both core and specialty area certifications open September 27 and will be accepted through October 23, 2022 at 11:59 pm (ET). This one-time pilot program will serve as the soft launch of Student Affairs Educator Certification. Participation in the pilot program is offered at a reduced application rate and will increase to regular rates after the completion of the Pilot.
Certification Application and Exam
Individual members of Consortium founding partner associations are eligible for a reduced application fee given that related memberships directly supported certification program development. Consortium founding partner associations include ACUHO-I, ACUI, AFA, ASCA, NACA, NASPA, and NIRSA.
An individual holding an active, individual membership for any founding partner association is eligible for the reduced rate.
The application and exam fee is due when submitting an application.
Core Certification (Only)
|Individual Member of any Founding Partner Association||$95||$395|
|Non-Member of any Founding Partner Association||$195||$495|
Core and One Specialty Area Certification (Concurrent Application)
|Individual Member of any Founding Partner Association||$135||$485|
|Non-Member of any Founding Partner Association||$305||$655|
More than one Specialty Area Certification may be added within this application at the rates listed below under "Additional Specialty Area Certifications." Individuals applying for more than one certification will need to provide payment information for each individual certification within the same application.
Additional Specialty Area Certification
An individual may concurrently apply for both Core and multiple Specialty Certifications during, and after, the pilot program. If an individual is applying for Core and more than one Specialty, the following rates will apply. Application fees vary based on the type of a membership an applicant holds and if they are participating in the pilot, or regular, program.
Additional Specialty Areas (Concurrent Application)
||Regular (Post-Pilot) Fee Per Additional Specialty|
|Individual Member of any Founding Partner Association||$65||$175|
|Non-Member of any Founding Partner Association||$165||$275|
Additional Specialty (After Core)
An individual Core certificant holder may also elect to separately apply for an additional Specialty Certification at a later time. Reduced rates are available for these Core Certification holders who are individual members of the Specialty Association listed in the chart further below that corresponds to the respective Specialty Certification.
|Membership Type||Application Fee
|Individual Member of Corresponding Specialty Association||$175|
|Non-Member of Corresponding Specialty Association||$275|
|Specialty Association||Corresponding Specialty Certification|
|ACUHO-I||Campus Housing and Residential Life Specialty|
|ACUI||College Unions Specialty|
|AFA||Fraternity and Sorority Life Specialty|
|ASCA||Student Conduct Administration Specialty|
|NACA||Campus Activities Specialty|
|NIRSA||Campus Recreation Specialty|
Should an individual’s application be denied due to not meeting eligibility requirements, a $50 administrative fee will be non-refundable, but the remainder of the fee paid by the individual will be refunded. These fees are not transferable. This fee does not include retake fees or reschedule/cancellation fees.
You may cancel or reschedule your exam with no additional fee up to 24 hours prior to your scheduled exam. Any request to reschedule from 24 hours to the originally scheduled exam time will incur a corresponding exam retake fee.
Candidates who do not pass a Core or Specialty Certification exam are encouraged to re-take the exam. The Consortium supports such candidates by offering feedback on exam results after the completion of an exam, and reduced rates for exam retakes.
|Core Exam||$0 (Free)||$150|
|Individual Specialty Exam||$0 (Free)||$100|
Each certification is valid for five years. At the five-year anniversary of one’s certification, certified individuals are eligible to apply for recertification. To recertify for another five-year period, the certificant will need to complete the recertification requirements and pay the recertification fee that corresponds to their credentials.
An individual holding an active, individual membership for any founding partner association is eligible to recertify at a reduced amount.
||Individual Specialty Certification
|Individual Member of any Founding Partner Association||$175||$100|
|Non-Member of any Founding Partner Association||$350||$225|