- Why do I need Certification?
- Who can become certified?
- What is the difference between ‘Certification’ and a ‘Certificate’?
- How do I apply for Certification?
- How much does it cost?
- What will be on the exam?
- How do I schedule my exam?
- How can I prepare for the exam?
- When do I get my exam results?
- How long is my Certification valid?
- How was the Certification developed?
- How is the Certification administered?
- How do I contact IAB Certification?
- How do members of International IABs participate?
- How do I verify that a person is an existing Certificant?
- How do I request a duplicate copy of my Certificate?
- How are Certification Decisions made?
This program ensures that Ad Operations professionals have the knowledge to make campaigns run efficiently. With the proliferation of more and more platforms and channels, ad units and formats, and metrics and tools, standardized skills are absolutely necessary to remain competitive.
The exam is designed for digital ad operations professionals with at least 2 years of relevant experience. However, individuals with 1 year of experience are eligible to take the exam with 15 hours of training. These applicants will be awarded certification after 2 years of experience. See full eligibility requirements here.
This is the first industry-led, professional certification program for the digital ad operations industry. While many training companies say they offer ‘Certification’, they often really mean a ‘Certificate’. ‘Certification’ is different than ‘Certificate’ programs in the following ways:
|Results from an assessment process||Results from an educational process|
|Awarded by a standard-setting organization||Awarded by institutions|
|Indicates mastery/competency as measured against a set of standards by an exam||Indicates completion of a course or series of courses other than a degree program|
|Standards set through industry-wide process (job analysis/task analysis) that results in an outline of required knowledge and skills||Course content set by trainers|
|Has on-going requirements in order to maintain; holder must demonstrate he/she continues to meet requirements||Is the end result; demonstrates knowledge of course content at the end of a set period in time|
Start your application here. If you meet our eligibility requirements, your application will be approved in 2-3 business days and you will receive a notification from [email protected] authorizing you to schedule your exam with Pearson VUE.
|2015 Pricing||IAB Member||Non-Member|
|Exam Fee (includes a $50 non-refundable application fee)||$500||$750|
(with > 24 hours notice)
|$0 (exam fee refunded)|
(with < 24 hours notice,
i.e. “No Show”)
$75 ($95 if outside U.S. or Canada)
|Recertification (includes $50 non-refundable application fee. Recertification costs are the same if you earn and submit Continuing Education credits or retake the exam.)||
|Additional Certificates||$25.00 each|
*Pricing subject to change
If you are interested in corporate rates for sales teams please email [email protected] with:
- Your name and title
- Company name
- Number of sales people to be certified
The two-hour exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions covering seven basic areas:
- Executing Campaign Launch
- Managing Live Campaign
- Managing Emerging Technologies
- Creating, Maintaining, and Documenting Product Offerings
- Managing Incidents
- Inventory Management and Integrity
- Managing Client and Partner Relationships
We recommend you download our Candidate Handbook and Digital Ad Operations Certification Exam Blueprint for more information here.
The certification exam is offered at Pearson VUE testing centers throughout the United States and select global sites. The exam is offered on a quarterly basis; registration is open year-around. Find a Pearson VUE testing center near you. Once your application is approved, you will have up to six months (or two testing windows) to schedule and take your exam. All scheduling needs, including rescheduling or cancellation, are completed with Pearson VUE via phone or online.
We recommend scheduling your exam as soon as possible to assure the best selection of testing locations and times.
|2015 -2016 Testing Windows|
|October 1, 2015||October 31, 2015|
January 1, 2016
|January 31, 2016|
|April 1, 2016||April 30, 2016|
|July 1, 2016||July 31, 2016|
American with Disabilities (ADA) Accommodations:
IAB complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). To request special testing accommodations, please submit the ADA Accommodations Request Form along with supporting documentation to [email protected].
We recommend you download the Candidate Handbook and Exam Blueprint here.
Exam results are given immediately at the testing site along with a brief diagnostic report on each of the exam categories. The Commission on Certification will send you an official notification of pass/fail status by email within four weeks after the testing window closes. Successful candidates will receive a printed certificate by mail shortly after.
Once you pass the exam, your certification will be valid for two years. A specific amount of continuing education and/or training is required to recertify. See Recertification Guidelines for more information. For questions, email [email protected].
IAB developed the program in partnership with Professional Testing Inc., a leader in certification program development in a number of industries and professions. Many IAB member companies also participated in developing the certification:
The IAB Digital Ad Operations Certification is governed and administered by the Commission on Certification. The Commission on Certification is responsible for all decisions related to certification. The certification program operates separately from other IAB programs, products and services.
You can email our Certification team at [email protected].
IAB works alongside International IABs to offer the Certification program for their members. Please reach out to your local IAB about participation and information on registering.
The Certification Department of IAB shall release the name and certification status of certificants who have successfully completed the Digital Certification examinations and who have met all certification requirements, upon request. Please email Certification Department of IAB at [email protected] with the candidates full name, company and title.
Certificants can request a duplicate certificate or request a new certificate due to name change by emailing the Certification Department of IAB at [email protected].
The Certification Commission Policies guide all decisions on certification and are disclosed in the IAB Certification Program Policy Manual. Certification personnel are required to follow the procedures in administering and operating the certification program. See IAB Certification Policies.