Validate your knowledge and technical expertise by certifying your skills with on-site IBM Professional Certification exams.

Attendees of the IBM Innovate are entitled to take two (2) FREE IBM Rational Certification exams while on-site at the conference. Additional exams may be taken at the significantly reduced price of USD $100. Certification exams from Cloud Computing, Cognos, IBM Enterprise Content Management, Information Management, Lotus, SOA, Tivoli, WebSphere and XML are also being offered at a 50% discount. In addition, at this year's conference, we are able to offer IBM STG certification exams at a special event rate of USD $95 per exam. These special exam prices offer Innovate attendees a significant discount over external testing center prices. Exams are payable through an online test tool with any major credit card. A complete listing of all IBM Rational certification exams will be available at the Certification Lab.

Each exam offered relates to a specific certification path where each path consists of a series of examinations specifically designed to validate one's technical proficiency. It is strongly recommended that potential test takers prepare for their exams prior to the conference. To prepare, and to understand the requirements in terms of the certification description, test objectives, recommended educational resources and estimated time required to take the test, refer to the IBM Rational Professional Certification Program.

Certification testing hours
Sunday, June 2 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Monday, June 3 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 6 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Certification exam registration

There is no pre-registration. Exams will be provided on an availability basis during the published conference testing hours. Exams are closed-book, and computer-based, containing multiple-choice questions. They are delivered in a proctored environment via Prime, a password protected, web-based tool. To reduce wait time, follow the directions on the Innovate website on Certification and create your Prometric username and password before coming to the certification lab.

Testing for IBM Business Partners

This year IBM Business Partners will be able to validate their skills on IBM Rational solutions and products by being able to take the IBM Software Technical Sales Mastery tests within the Certification Lab. They will be eligible to take two (2) free tests.


Q. Which tests (exams) are offered at the conference?
All IBM certifications and their related tests listed on Rational, Cloud Computing, Cognos, IBM Enterprise Content Management, Information Management, Lotus, Tivoli, WebSphere/XML and SOA certification webpages will be offered at Innovate.

Q. How do I sign up for tests during the conference?
Tests are given on a first come, first serve basis; with no need to pre-register. Come to the Certification Lab during published Certification Lab hours and sign-up for a test. You must have a photo ID and your conference badge to take any tests.

Q. I have taken a test before, but I do not remember my Prometric Prime Id?
You will need your UserName and password to take a test. If you do not remember your information, you can utilize the "Recover your Username and/or password (link resides outside ibm.com)” from the Prometric (link resides outside ibm.com) site.

Q. I have used Prime before; how do I take a test?
Select secure sign-in (Users SSL encryption) enter your username and password and Sign-in On the Candidate / Delivery Main Menu. If required, change the domain and then select Take Test. Please be patient; the proctor will now personally activate your test.

Q. How do I take the test if I have not used Prime before or taken a test?
If you HAVE NOT used Prime (link resides outside ibm.com) before follow these steps:
Select First Time Registration
Step 1: Leave Blank (unless you know your Prometric ID number)
Step 2: Select the relevant Prime section (or Program), in this case “Rational Certification” on the pull down menu and click Continue, which will take you to the privacy statement. Once you agree with the privacy statement, create your profile, ensuring you will remember the Username and Password you create in the future. You will always need the UserName and Password to take any future tests with Prometric.

Q. How do I prepare to take a test?
Full information on recommended education, training resources, test objectives, sample tests, number of questions on a test, and test duration in minutes can be found on the external IBM Rational Certification webpage.

Q. I work for IBM, are there internal resources to help me study for the test?
As an IBMer, you can utilize training options recommended on the external IBM Rational Certification webpage, via Learning@IBM. You can search by the IBM Code appending a G to the end; for instance, RD201G. IBM Professional Certification is a valuable credential, and proper security of test content is a critical aspect for maintaining a reputable certification.

Q. How many tests can I take for free?
You are entitled to a maximum of two (2) free Rational Certification tests. These free tests include both pass and fail results. If you wish to take additional tests (3nd and more); the fee is $100 per test.

Q. I failed a test; can I retake it?
Yes, you can retake any given test twice within a 30 day time period. So, if you fail, you can study and retake again at Innovate.

Q. How soon do I get the results of a test?
You will know immediately whether you passed or failed. The score is available once you complete the test.

Q. When will I receive my certificate?
You will receive your certification by email, via the email address in your Prometric Prime profile, within five (5) business days. Please note all certification requirements must be met (i.e. passed all required certification tests).

Q. Will you inform my manager that I have passed the test?
No, IBM is committed to protecting your personal information. Certification data is considered personal data, and is not released without your authorization. You can find complete details on the IBM Certification Policy here.

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