The AISAP Credential is the marker of an Admission and Enrollment Management Professional (AEMP) demonstrating the wide range of knowledge and skills needed to not just succeed but also thrive in the challenging and ever-evolving space of independent/private school sustainability and mission alignment. The Credentialing Exam provides the opportunity for experienced and highly skilled AEMP’s to earn a designation similar to a Certified Development Professional or a Certified Public Accountant. The Credentialing Exam provides the opportunity to verify mastery of each of the Performance Behaviors in AISAP’s Learning and Development Framework© and achieve the AEMP Credential. Those who don’t pass the Credentialing Exam are provided specific feedback and targeted resources to develop the knowledge and skills needed to achieve the Credential upon subsequent attempts.
The AEMP Credentialing Exam has been designed using industry standards to ensure each question accurately assesses the essential knowledge and skills reflected in AISAP’s Learning and Development Framework©. Examples of steps taken include:
- Developed with Subject Matter Experts: Questions developed in collaboration with a group of Admissions and Enrollment Management Professionals to ensure they measure essential knowledge and skills and for relevance and authenticity. Subject Matter Experts received intensive item writing training to ensure each multiple-choice item meets industry standards for quality such as alignment to Performance Behaviors, sufficient Depth of Knowledge (Identification, Application, Synthesis, Evaluation), appropriate structure and free from bias.
- Multiple Rounds of Item Review and Revision: Questions underwent multiple rounds of review and revision by Credential experts, AISAP leadership and content experts. Question review and revision were informed by pilot administration to a representative group of Admissions and Enrollment Management Professionals and a battery of psychometric analyses on these questions to inform revision. Examples of analyses included whether certain questions were too easy/too hard and whether admissions professional types (experience level, school type, age/ race/sex) perform better or worse on specific questions.
What are the Steps to Achieve and Maintain the Credential?
There are six steps for Admission and Enrollment Management Professionals to take to achieve and maintain the AEMP Credential:
Step 1: Meet Eligibility Requirements
If the following statements describe you, then you are eligible to take the Credential and you should make attaining Credential your goal:
- Experience: You have five years of experience as an employee at the staff level or one year employed as a Director or Senior Level Administrator at an accredited independent/private school or institute of higher education.
- Education: You have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- Professional Development: You have completed 30 hours of qualifying professional development within the last five years preceding the application submission. Qualifying professional development activities include any continuing professional education that directly relates to AISAP’s Learning and Development Framework. See the Continuing Education Courses (CEC) Approved Provider page for a list of organizations which offer qualifying professional development. Professional development activities can include live conferences, workshops, seminars or classes (including face-to-face, audio/videoconference and online delivery).
- Ethical Behavior and Best Practices: You are committed to upholding the AISAP Ethical Behavior and Best Practices Standards, and have no felony convictions related to the practice of admission and enrollment management.
Step 2: Apply for the Exam
Once you have met the eligibility requirements, you can apply to take the Credentialing Exam by Completing an Online AEMP Exam Application and then paying an application fee. The application fee is $695. Your application will be reviewed within one week of receipt and will be followed by a notification of approval. If your application is not approved, members will receive a refund of $595. Your approved exam application remains valid for one year after the date of approval. If the application expires, the candidate must submit a new application with the appropriate fee and have the new application approved in order to register for the exam.
After submitting your application and paying the exam application fee, you will be able to take the exam at any time within the year following the date of approval. If you decide to take the exam prior to notification of approval, there is a possibility that you will not meet the eligibility criteria and your completed exam will not be scored until the eligibility criteria are met. We therefore strongly recommend waiting to take the exam until receiving notification of approval.
Step 3: Prepare for the Exam
Now is the time to get started. Begin early and align your admission and enrollment management continuing education courses to build your skills across all aspects of the Learning and Development Framework ©. Begin with self-assessment and planning. Review the Exam Study Guide and build your knowledge in each Performance Behavior. Give yourself the best chance for success. Since this exam is designed to assess content mastery, AISAP anticipates only 60% of participants will pass the first time they take it. Spend as much time on preparation as needed so that you pass the test the first time you take it.
In addition to the core resources, AEMP exam items can be referenced to any AISAP curated knowledge—defined as information published or disseminated by AISAP, such as webinars, online learning or articles published in The Funnel, AISAP’s newsletter. While these resources are not required reading and should not be interpreted as constituting the sole source of all AEMP exam questions, candidates may find them useful when preparing for the exam. Each candidate should develop his or her own personal reading list and study plan based on individual needs and knowledge.
Remember—you’re not on your AEMP journey alone. Look for opportunities to broaden your perspective. To get help, check with your local state society or association network to connect with other credential exam candidates.
Step 4: Take the Exam
On the scheduled day of the exam, you will take the 110-question exam over a 2-hour period. The exam is administered in a secure online environment to mitigate cheating and prevent dissemination to other admissions professionals. The Credentialing Exam is ADA compliant and AISAP will make reasonable efforts to accommodate eligible candidates who provide documented evidence of their disability or need for special arrangement. If you require special testing arrangement, you must inform AISAP of your needs in writing upon application submission or scheduling an exam date.
Step 5: Receive Results of the Exam
You will receive results of the exam within 24 hours of completing the exam indicating whether you have passed. Passing the exam will result a Credential certificate, which is issued both electronically and sent to you as a hard copy. You will also have an opportunity to be recognized at the AISAP Annual Institute in the form of “Walking the Stage.” If you don’t pass the exam, you will receive an electronic report within one week identifying specific professional learning opportunities to strengthen areas of weakness on the exam. You will also be provided with an opportunity to re-take the exam once at no charge during the one year eligibility period. If this second attempt does not result in a passing score, you will have an opportunity to re-take the exam one additional time at a reduced rate within the one-year period without “re-applying.”
Step 6: Keep Credential Current
To keep your Credential current you must complete a renewal form every three years, verifying you have completed 30 professional development units and are upholding AISAP Ethical Behaviors and Best Practices, and disclosing whether you have any felony convictions. Qualifying professional development units are the same as those described in the Eligibility Requirements (Step 1).
For more information contact:
Director of Learning
AISAP CRED Liaison