How to Prepare for the Technician Certification Exam

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Preparation will play a key role in how well you do on the test, so it's important to establish how much studying will be necessary to ready you for test day. With planning and dedication, your preparation efforts can go a long way towards greater ability and confidence when you need it most—when you walk into the test center.

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What does the test cover?

Click here for an overview of what's on the test.

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What can I do to prepare for the test?

The test measures how much comprehensive knowledge you have acquired over time through on-the-job experience and training. Therefore, identifying specific topics to "study" might be difficult.

  • Study Guide - Study Guides for the Certification Test are available from Ferris State University. This comprehensive manual contains almost 200 sample questions (with correct answers) that mimic the test and formula pages. The Study Guide will be an extremely valuable aide in preparing to take, and pass the test.
  • Our Reference Book - The most authoritative and comprehensive source of information on On-Site Power generation and available from EGSA is On-Site Power Generation: A Reference Book. We believe that it is the best source of pertinent information available and, therefore, the most comprehensive study guide you could employ in preparing for the test.
  • You might also review any handouts from training courses you attended, catch up on the latest product literature and review the current industry standards.

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How do I get Study Guides and Reference Books?

Bundled Reference Books and Study Guides for the Certification Test are available from Ferris State University. Click here to download an order form.  Those wishing to order a Reference Book only must purchase them through EGSA.

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Can EGSA’s On-Site Power Generation School help me prepare for the Certification test?

In some ways, yes; in some ways, no. Our Schools provide a broad technical overview of On-Site Power Generation Systems. They present up-to-date technical information that exceeds a “Basic Introduction” to On-Site Power, but they may not convey the “in-depth” knowledge you will need to pass the test. To earn your Certification, you must demonstrate that you have acquired a firm grasp of practical and theoretical knowledge through valuable hands-on practical experience, on-the-job training and guidance and supervision and perhaps even more formal educational experiences such as manufacturer-sponsored training.

On the other hand, the EGSA School, especially when combined with our CEU program, can help set the stage for your Certification test preparations by helping you identify those areas in which you are highly knowledgeable as well as the areas in which you need to hit the books. And speaking of books, we have the book that you need to hit. Our On-Site Power Generation: A Reference Book is the ‘bible’ of the industry and is the most authoritative and comprehensive source of information available. You will receive a free copy if you attend our school.

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What happens at the test center, and what are some test-taking tips?

Arrange your travel to the test center so that you will have ample time to park, locate the test room, etc. prior to the scheduled time for your test. Try to be well rested.

As mentioned, you may bring a non-programmable calculator into the test room, but other personal electronics, computers, textbooks and other reference material will not be permitted.

You must pay the Proctor to administer the test.  Proctoring fees are approximately $40 but vary by location.

You will be given a test and an answer booklet. Once you have been seated, the Proctor will explain how to fill out the answer booklet.

Test sessions are timed, and you will have a maximum of four hours to complete the test. You may want to use your watch to pace yourself. If a question is difficult, mark the answer that you think is correct and put a checkmark or note in the test book margin beside that question. Then go on to the next question. Once you have finished the test, you may find you have enough time to go back to those questions you have marked.

Do your best to answer every question. Your score will be based on the overall number of correct answers that you give.

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