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 Apprentice and Journeyman Certification Tests are available from Ferris State University. These comprehensive manuals contain sample questions (with correct answers) that mimic the test and formula pages. The Study Guide is an essential 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 Comprehensive Guide to On-Site Power. 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.
  • EGSA Rowley Schools of On-Site Power Generation - the Basic school will be helpful to those taking the Apprentice test; The Advanced School will be helpful to those taking the Journeyman test.  Learn more about our schools.
  • 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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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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