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Exam Purpose

The Professional Certificate is the second level in the RFID Professional Institute qualifications. The exam is designed to test a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of how to choose the right RFID technology for a given application, develop a business case, write application requirements and manage an RFID project.

The exam is the mechanism by which Institute verifies that the candidate has the knowledge that we have set out in the curriculum for the certificate that we issue. 

Exam Delivery

The Professional Certificate exam is delivered online, anywhere in the world.

The fee for the exam is US$150. Purchase 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 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 and does not stop. You may not pause and resume the exam.

  • 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 pass level for the Professional 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 Professional level is the following:

  • Assessing the Business Case – Focus on capital expenditure vs operational costs, hard vs soft potential savings, impact on inventory management, value of accuracy in operations.

  • Determining the Application Requirements, Planning and System Design – understanding of how to plan and manage an RFID project, practical steps to be taken and the role of sensors in the project.

  • Technology Evaluation and Selection – reader and antenna form factors, selecting the applicable technology, antenna types and selection, RF regulations, benchmarking RFID equipment; security, alternatives to RFID.

  • Peripherals and Add-ons – Gates, portals, tunnels, printers, label applicators, lights, cables

  • ROI Analysis – estimating system and ancillary costs, estimating hard and soft financial benefits, estimating soft benefits.

  • Pilot and Assessment – Pilot best practices, location selection, validating pilot results.

  • Data: Flow, Management & Issues – Data encoding systems, data identifiers, application identifiers, text, barcode compatibility, data integration with other platforms (e.g. SAP)

  • Deployment – installing hardware & equipment, shielding, object location methods, deployment platforms, network integration.

  • Troubleshooting & Maintenance of RFID Systems – Identifying & fixing problems, tag batteries, handheld batteries, chargers.

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 Professional Level Examination Preparation Guide & Curriculum.

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