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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 the different types of RFID systems, how they performs, their components, the standards that govern them and their applications. The exam is the mechanism by which we verify that the candidate has the knowledge that we have set out in the curriculum for the certificate that we issue. 

Exam Delivery

The RFID Professional Institute exams  are delivered online anywhere in the world. The fee for each exam is $150. Click here to buy an exam voucher.

Exam Format


  • The exam consists of 14 sections, each of which tests a candidate’s knowledge of one of the subject areas set out in the Curriculum.

  • Each section has between four and seven questions.

  • Most question are “multiple choice,” with either one to four correct choices. There are a few true/false questions.

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

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



  • The exam period is 90 minutes. Once you start the exam, the clock counts down your exam period and does not stop.

  • 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 Associate Certificate is 70 percent. Candidates who have passed the exam will receive a digital certificate secured via blockchain and hosted by This certificate can be added to a candidate's linked in profile and shared with potential employers.

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 Certificate is the following:

  • Core Terminology - including, but not limited to, air interface protocol, reader/interrogator, read zone, transponder, inlay and smart label.

  • The Different Types of RFID - Passive LF (low-frequency), HF (high-frequency) and UHF (ultrahigh-frequency), active RFID, battery-assisted passive (BAP) RFID, hybrid systems, RFID alternatives.

  • Radio waves and the Electromagnetic Spectrum - the electromagnetic spectrum, the anatomy of a radio wave, the relationship between frequency and wavelength, wave propagation, modulation techniques.

  • Communication Methods and Performance Characteristics - Inductively coupled passive RFID systems and their performance characteristics, passive backscatter systems and their performance characteristics, battery-assisted passive (BAP) transponders and their performance Characteristics, active RFID systems and their performance characteristics.

  • Standards and Regulations - the ISM radio bands, regulatory bodies, what Is regulated, RFID standards bodies, the main RFID standards.

  • System components - the main components of passive LF and HF RFID systems, passive UHF RFID systems, active RFID systems and battery-assisted passive RFID.

  • RFID Peripherals and Other Equipment - Transponder-related peripherals, reader-related peripherals and equipment, reader vehicles, testing equipment.

  • RFID Software - RFID reader firmware, reader operating systems and software applications, RFID middleware, real-time location software, RFID application software.

  • RFID Data - transponder data, reader data, RTLS reader data.

  • RFID Service Providers - The roles of RFID hardware manufacturers; software company, consultants, value-added resellers and systems integrators.

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

  • Common Use Cases for Each Type of RFID - the most common applications for passive low-frequency (LF) RFID, passive high-frequency (HF) RFID, Near Field Communication (NFC), passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID, battery-assisted passive (BAP) UHF RFID, active 433 MHz RFID, active 2.45 GHz RFID, ultrawide-Band (UWB) RFID.

For a complete list of the topics candidates are expected to know in each of the above subject areas and to see sample questions, download the Associate Certificate Exam Curriculum.

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