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Exam Purpose

The RFID Professional Institute Associate Certificate exam is the first level in the RFID Professional Institute examinations designed to test a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of RFID technology and how to apply it.

The exam focuses on establishing that the candidate has a good knowledge of the principles of RFID systems and the many factors which can influence how well such a system performs. For instance, there is less emphasis on knowing exactly how to build an RFID system and more on what the components of such a system are and what role they each play. The exam is simply the mechanism by which we verify that you, the candidate, have the knowledge that we have set out in the curriculum for the certificate that we issue. It is also the mechanism by which you, the candidate, demonstrate to us that you possess that knowledge.

Exam Delivery

The RFID Professional Institute has developed the capability to offer our exams on line. We are offering this method for both the Associate Level and Professional Level exams.

The fee for each exam is $150. Click here to buy an exam voucher.

Exam Format


  • The exam consists of nine sections, each of which tests a candidate’s knowledge of one of the subject areas set out in this guide (see Exam Scope below).

  • Each section has between five and 15 questions, depending on the importance spelled out in the exam blueprint

  • Most question are “multiple choice,” with either one, two or three correct choices (you will be told how many correct choices there are for each question).

  • You may answer the questions in any order that you choose.

  • You may also mark a question so that you can easily go back to it later.

  • Questions have a weighting of one, two or three, depending on their difficulty level.

  • Questions with a weighting of two are worth twice as many points as those with a weighting of one, and questions with a weighting of three are worth three times as much as those with a weighting of one.



  • You may start the exam period at any time after the proctor has told you to begin. Once you start the exam, the clock counts down your exam period and does not stop.

  • The exam period is 90 minutes.

  • At the end of the exam period, the system will no longer permit you to provide any further input to any questions.

  • You may complete the exam in less than the allotted exam period, but once you have submitted the exam, you will not be permitted to re-enter it even if the exam period has not yet expired.

Exam Pass Level

The normal pass level for the RFID Professional Institute Foundation Level exam is 70 percent. Candidates are notified of their score and whether or not they have passed or failed at the end of their exam. However, this score is provisional and must not be relied upon as an indication that you have definitely passed or failed the exam.

As with all academic and professional exams, there are occasions when the scores of a group of candidates indicate that a further normalization of the scores and associated pass level is required. Candidates will normally be advised of their formal score and pass or fail within 21 days of taking the exam. The initial communication will be by email, followed by a written letter from the RFID Professional Institute President advising each candidate of his or her status.

Candidates who have passed the exam will also receive a Pass Certificate from the RFID Professional Institute signed by the president and chairman of the organisation. This certificate is the only formal confirmation that candidate has passed the exam.

If you have received an email that you have passed but have not received your certificate within 30 days of that email, please contact for assistance.

Exam Scope

The scope of examination for the Associate level is the following:

  • RFID System Types - The performance characteristics of active, passive and battery-assisted RFID systems

  • RFID Frequencies - The performance characteristics of passive LF (low-frequency), HF (high-frequency) and UHF (ultrahigh-frequency)

  • Active System Protocols- The differences among active system protocols (for example, ISO 18000-7, Dash7, Wi-Fi and ZigBee)

  • RFID System Components - Components within a typical RFID system and the roles each component plays

  • RFID Evaluation and Selection - Methods for evaluating and selecting different RFID system components

  • RFID Service Providers - The roles of the different components and services providers related to an RFID deployment

  • RFID Standards - Standards bodies that provide the standards used in RFID, and the regulations in place around the world that govern the technology's use

  • Applying RFID - Common applications for different types of RFID systems across different industries

  • Privacy, Safety & Security - Issues related to privacy, safety and security that may arise in an RFID deployment

  • Configuring RFID - Configuring RFID systems

  • Deploying RFID - Managing an RFID deployment

The breadth and depth of knowledge that candidates are expected to know for each of these subject areas is explained in more detail together with samples questions in our Associate Level Examination Preparation Guide & Curriculum.


An Introduction to the RFID Professional Institute

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If you are an experienced RFID professional who would like to contribute your expertise to the Institute's examination materials then click here to find out more

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