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Violating test center rules

Keeping exams secure is extremely important. Security measures help to ensure that the value and integrity of the exams are upheld.

If a candidate violates test center rules, the candidate is permanently ineligible for any BlackBerry certifica- tion. The exam that the candidate attempted will be discarded and the candidate will not receive a refund for the exam fee. Test center personnel are authorized to take immediate and appropriate measures against candidates who are caught violating test center rules.

Candidates will be required to review and sign the Test Center Regulation form at the test center prior to beginning the exam.

If you suspect that someone has violated test center rules during an exam, please notify the test center AND contact the BlackBerry Certification Program team at certification@blackberry.com.

After the exam

Exam retirement vs. exam expiry

When an exam is retired, the BlackBerry certification remains valid but the exam is no longer available to be written.

When an exam expires, the BlackBerry certification expires as well and is no longer valid. In general, exam and credential expiry usually occur approximately 6 months after the exam retirement.

Your BlackBerry Certification Program status can be monitored through the BlackBerry Certification cre- dential manager, including expiry dates and certification maintenance requirements. Prior to your certifica- tion expiry, you will receive an email notification with the steps you need to take to maintain your certification status.

The goal of the BlackBerry® Certification Program is to have a minimum exam life of 12 months and to cre- ate or update exams around major product versions. Each updated exam only aects those existing Black- Berry Certified Professionals who were certified under the old exam and any other candidate who wishes to be certified for the particular certification role subject to the updated exam.

The retirement periods for an exam will be dependant on new product release schedules and old product EOL (end of life) schedules. As a result, some exams may co-exist. When the exam retirement timeframes are established they will be communicated to candidates on our website at www.blackberry.com/retire- ment.

After an exam is retired and no longer available, all new candidates – as well as existing BlackBerry Certified professionals wanting to maintain their certification – will be required to take the updated exam.

BlackBerry Certification Program Guide - Version 1 RIM STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL

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