Any candidate for ATA certification who receives a reviewed exam with a grade of Fail may dispute the error marking through the certification review appeal process, following the instructions outlined below.
A panel of three Certification Program graders will consider each appeal. The panel will include
The panel may consult other graders and outside experts as necessary.
The certification panel will decide whether to uphold or overturn the grade of Fail. The panel's decision is final.
The Certification Program Manager at ATA Headquarters will inform the candidate of the outcome and the reasons for the panel's decision. This concludes the appeal process.
If the certification panel overturns the exam outcome, the appeal fee and the review fee will be refunded, and the candidate will receive a Certificate of Certification dated as of the original notice of failure, upgraded membership (if applicable), and all of the rights and privileges of certification. The candidate's name will be published in the ATA Chronicle along with the names of other recently certified members. No disclosure will ever be made of the fact that the certification was awarded based on an appeal.
The Certification Committee reserves the right to disqualify from the appeal process any candidate who
If the Certification Committee disqualifies from the appeal process a candidate who has paid the appeal fee, the appeal fee only (less a $25 processing fee) will be refunded.
The Certification Program Manager at ATA Headquarters handles all communications from candidates about exam outcomes, reviews, and appeals. Communications about certification exam outcomes addressed to anyone else will not be read or forwarded.
Instructions to Candidate
*Exam Review Appeal Fee is $200.00.