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FAQ for ERP

LAST REVISED: AUGUST 23, 2021

The ERP Part I Exam is no longer offered for registration. See our announcement.

SECTION 1 - ABOUT THE ERP EXAM

What are the requirements for ERP Certification?
  • Candidates who already Passed the ERP Exam Part I must pass the ERP Exam Part II in May or November 2021
  • Demonstrate two years of professional full-time energy risk related work experience within five years of passing the ERP Exam Part II
How much time do I have to complete the ERP Certification process?

A candidate has five years to submit his/her work experience after passing the ERP Exam Part II. If he/she does not complete the certification requirements within this timeframe, the candidate will not qualify for certification.

The application for a candidate to submit their work experience along with the paragraph describing their experience must be completed in the “My Programs” section of their account on the GARP website.

What's on the ERP Exams?

The ERP Exam Part II includes:

  • Financial energy products
  • Risk assessment and energy price modeling
  • Risk management tools
What is the registration process for the ERP Exam Part II?

There are no educational or professional prerequisites needed to register. Candidates who have passed Part I per the program requirements can register for the ERP Exam Part II online by clicking here. Part II of the ERP will be given in May and November 2021 to give candidates who have passed Part I time to complete their studies. Part I will no longer be offered to new registrants.

What is the exam format?

The ERP Exam Part II is an equally weighted 60 question multiple-choice Exam, administered via computer-based testing (CBT). It has a maximum allowable time for completion of four hours.

In what language can I take the Exam?

The ERP Part II Exam is offered in English only, specifically American English. GARP is aware that not every candidate’s native language is American English. In the exam development process, GARP makes every effort to ensure that questions are written in a clear, concise form and avoid the use of colloquialisms or other terms and phrases that might confuse a non-native American English speaker.

How quantitative is the ERP Exam?

The level of mathematical difficulty of the Exam is consistent with an advanced undergraduate or introductory graduate level finance course at most universities. It should also be noted that while the ERP Exam is conceptual in nature, you will still need to know important formulas and calculations and how to apply them correctly. Formula sheets are not provided with the Exam. For guidance on which formulas to focus on, please refer to the learning objectives and look for any statements that include the words “Calculate,” “Compute,” or “Derive.” These words will generally indicate an associated formula to commit to memory.

What are the exam registration deadlines?

May/July Administration Exam Deadlines

Dates

Description

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Registration Opens

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Scheduling Opens

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Early Registration Ends

Sunday, February 28, 2021

ADA applications must be received
RAD applications must be received**

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Registration Closes
Last day to defer to the next Exam

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Last day to schedule/reschedule Exam
Last day to select/change exam sites

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Exam Day

**Request for alternative exam date for religious reasons only


November/December Administration Exam Deadlines

Dates

Description

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Registration Opens

Sunday, July 31, 2021

Early Registration Ends

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

ADA applications must be received
RAD applications must be received**

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Registration Closes

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Last day to schedule/reschedule Exam
Last day to select/change exam sites

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Exam Day

**Request for alternative exam date for religious reasons only

What is the difference between registration and scheduling?

Registration is when you sign up for an exam by entering your account details and paying the applicable exam fees for a specific exam window. After you register, you need to schedule your exam appointment. During scheduling you select the exact location, date, and time of your exam appointment. If you do not schedule your exam after you register, you will not know when and where to attend the exam.

How do I schedule or reschedule my Exam?

To schedule an Exam, log in to your account, go to “My Programs”, and click on the Exam Setup button to schedule your Exam. Candidates must have a paid registration in order to schedule and may only reschedule their appointment once. The last day to change an exam site is April 8, 2021 for May's Exam, and October 20 for November's Exam.

How do I defer?

To defer an Exam to the next available exam month, log in to your account, go to “My Programs”, and click on the Exam Setup button. Candidates must have a paid registration in order to switch exam months and may only do so once for a fee of USD 200. The last day to switch an exam month is March 31 for May's Exam. Deferrals will no longer be offered beyond 2021.

How do I select or change my exam site?
  • To select an exam site, candidates can log in to their account, go to “My Programs”, and click on the Exam Setup button to choose their exam site. Candidates must have a paid registration in order to change exam sites.
  • To change an exam site, candidates can log in to their account, go to “My Programs”, and click on the Exam Setup button to change their exam site. Candidates must have a paid registration in order to change exam sites.
  • The last day to select or change an exam site is April 8 for May's Exam, and October 20 for November's Exam
What happens if the Exam must be postponed?

GARP may determine it is necessary to close an Exam site due to an evacuation, natural disaster, acts of military, political or government authority, global pandemic or "Acts of God". Should such a cancellation occur, GARP will make every effort to notify candidates as soon as possible.

If we must change or cancel the Exam at a particular site for any other reasons, GARP will make every effort to provide advance notice and inform the candidates of the new Exam site and/or additional options.

When are exam results released?

Once an exam window closes, GARP scores Exams in a timely fashion. Candidates are notified when their results are available in their GARP candidate portal.

How much is registration?

Please refer to the chart below for the fee structure.

Exam

Enrollment Fee

Early

Standard

ERP Exam Part II

N/A

USD 350.00

USD 475.00


Deferral Fee - USD 200.00

What payment options are available?

Candidates can pay for their Exam registration via the following three options:

1. Credit card online – GARP accepts MasterCard, Visa, or Amex

2. Check* – Must be a US bank check or a foreign check with a US intermediate bank

3. Wire* – Wire instructions can be found on the bottom of your invoice

For any manual* payments by check or wire, there is a USD 50.00 processing fee that will be added to a candidate’s invoice. Candidates should be sure to include their GARP ID, a copy of their invoice, and their signature for approval.

Please mail your invoice and/or payment information to the following address:

Attn: ERP Administration
Global Association of Risk Professionals
111 Town Square Place, 14th floor
Jersey City, NJ 07310 USA

Make your check payable to: GARP Risk Academy, LLC

Note: Only single payments per candidate registration are accepted online. Should a candidate be paying for more than one candidate using any of the above options, please contact us directly at memberservices@garp.com so we can help you with your multiple registrations.

When is the deadline to pay for the ERP Exam?

In order for a candidate’s exam registration to be considered complete, payment must be received by GARP no later than midnight (EST) on the closing date of each registration period.

Can I get a refund?

GARP does not provide refunds for either the Exam Enrollment or Exam Registration Fee.

Can I transfer my Exam registration to another candidate?

No. Candidates cannot transfer a registration to another candidate.

Are study materials included in the price of the Exam registration?

No, the study materials are not included in the price of the registration.

Should I create a study plan?

Due to the sizable amount of material covered in the Exam, we suggest that candidates create a weekly study schedule. As such, we have created a 15-Week Study Plan that candidates should use as a framework and customize their plan based on their level of expertise. This is designed to pace the learning materials over an extended period of time.

How many hours are required to prepare for the ERP Exam?

Candidates’ preparation times will vary based on their professional experience, academic background, and familiarity with the concepts tested on the curriculum.

On average, individuals devoted approximately 240 hours to exam preparation according to a survey conducted in May 2015 ERP Exam candidates. Individual figures, however, varied from less than 100 hours (10%) to more than 400 hours (14%).

Does GARP offer any scholarship programs?

Students and faculty in GARP Academic Partner programs have exclusive access to scholarships, which cover the ERP Part I Exam registration fee. Up to six students and one faculty recipient may be nominated by the program administrators each year. For more information, please contact the Academic Partners program.

Does GARP offer preparation courses?

GARP does not offer exam preparation courses. However, there are third party firms that do provide such services. Please check the GARP website for the most recent list.

It should be noted that GARP does not endorse, promote, review, or warrant the accuracy, products, or services offered by Exam Preparation Providers of Exam related information. Nor does it endorse pass rates claimed by an Exam Preparation Provider. Further, GARP is not responsible for any fees or costs paid by the user to an Exam Preparation Provider. GARP provides candidates with this information solely as a service to them.

SECTION 2 - CANDIDATE EXPERIENCE

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What is the candidate responsibility statement?

The candidate responsibility statement is an ethical oath required by all ERP Candidates. Please find a copy of it below:

I understand, accept, and agree to comply with all conditions, requirements, policies, and procedures for the ERP Exam established by GARP, and as amended from time to time. I understand that such conditions, requirements, policies, and procedures include all material set forth on the GARP website for this year's Exam, as well as policies and procedures that may be established and amended from time to time, information about which is available by contacting GARP on this website or through GARP communications with ERP candidates. I understand that GARP requires Certified ERPs to further their skills and knowledge after completing the ERP Exam through a mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program as set forth on the GARP website, and amended from time to time.

I understand that GARP has the authority to enforce its conditions, requirements, policies, and procedures against me by rejecting, suspending, or terminating my ERP candidacy at any time or, following due process, declining to award me the right to use the ERP designation, for my failure to satisfactorily adhere to the conditions, requirements, policies, and procedures or to comply with the Association's Code of Conduct. I understand that all registration fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

I represent that the information contained in my application, including my response to the Professional Conduct Inquiry and Candidate Responsibility Statement, is truthful and complete, and I agree to notify GARP of any material changes to my responses to any of the questions on my application including my current address (es). I have read the "Exam Policies" before registering for this Exam. I have reviewed my application, and everything I have stated is true. By electronically transmitting this application, I indicate my agreement with each of the terms and conditions. I understand that I will be bound by the Candidate Responsibility Statement and GARP's Code of Conduct.

What belongings can I bring into the exam room?

Only the following items are allowed to be on your desk during the Exam:

  • A PRINTED confirmation of appointment email.
  • An original/not expired government issued passport or driver’s license
  • A GARP approved calculator(s)
  • Pencils and scratch paper will be provided. 
What does computer-based testing (CBT) entail?

ERP Exam candidates will take the Exam at testing centers around the world equipped with computers that offer the Exam in a secure and convenient environment. CBT is not remote/in home proctoring, and candidates will be required to go to a physical testing center on exam day.

Overall, CBT allows for more scheduling options for the ERP while upholding the professional certification’s quality and reputation.

How will CBT impact my exam day experience?

Very little will change, aside from the new digital format of the Exam. The length of the Exam and format will also remain the same. 

What will the Exam look like on my computer?

China, Hong Kong, and Thailand will administer their Exams through ATA:

ATA-tutorial

Exams in the rest of the world will be administered through PSI:

PSI-tutorial

What happens if a glitch or technical error occurs while I’m taking my Exam?

GARP strives to give all candidates an exceptional testing experience. On the rare occasion a technical issue arises for a candidate during an Exam, GARP will investigate the issue and make any necessary accommodations.

Do I have to print an Admission Ticket?

GARP will no longer issue Admission Tickets. However, after candidates schedule their Exam with our vendors, they will get a Confirmation of Appointment email. Candidates will be required to print this email and bring it with them on exam day. Digital tickets will not be accepted.

Will I be given scratch paper?

A sheet of scratch paper and a pencil will be provided to every candidate at the start of the Exam. These items must be kept on the desk for the duration of the Exam. If more scratch paper is needed the first sheet will be collected before a new one is given. Please note: All scratch paper will be destroyed after the Exam.

Will I be given a calculator?

No, GARP will not provide calculators. Candidates can only use approved types of business calculators. Click here to view the list of approved calculators. 

Where can I place my personal belongings during the exam?

GARP strongly encourages candidates to bring as few items as possible on exam day. Candidates will be asked to leave ALL their belongings in a locker, storage bag, or area designated by the proctor for personal belongings. Candidates will not have access to the items in the locker, storage bag, or area designated by the proctor for personal belongings during the Exam.

Can I bring my Smartphone?

A candidate may bring one cellular phone into the exam room. If a candidate's cellular phone emits any type of noise (e.g., ring, beep, etc.) during the Exam, the candidate will not be allowed to continue with the Exam, the candidate's answer sheet will be collected (and will not be graded) and the proctor will escort the candidate from the exam room. This will apply if the cellular phone is in the exam room or in the designated personal belonging area.

What items are not permitted in the testing room?
  • Any writing instruments such as pens, personal pencils, mechanical pencils, erasers, white-out or correction fluid, tape, highlighters, or rulers
  • Personal accessories such as watches, cufflinks
  • Any wearable technology devices such as Google glasses, smart-watches, fit-bits, etc.
  • Baggage of any kind such as backpacks, handbags, tote bags, briefcases, laptop bags, luggage, carrying cases, or pencil cases
  • Study materials such as textbooks, study guides, scratch paper, present/future value tables, or calculator manuals
  • All clocks, watches, electronic devices, and wearable technology (including FitBits and Google glasses), tobacco
Upon entering the Exam, will I be subject to screening?

Proctors and security personnel may ask to inspect your belongings at check-in to ensure that prohibited items are not carried into the testing room.

Can I leave the testing room?

Candidates can step away from their workstation to take a break or use the restroom.

  • Candidates must take their identification with them when leaving their workstation.
  • Time will not stop or pause while on break.
  • Further instructions will be provided by the staff on exam day.

SECTION 3 - ERP CERTIFICATION PROCESS

When can I submit my work experience?

Once a candidate receives an email notification that they passed the ERP Exam Part II, they will need to submit two years of professional, full-time work experience to the dashboard in their account under “My Programs”. We require at least 4-5 sentences that describe how you manage energy risk in your day-to-day job function. This should include a minimum of 300 words in your job description.

Important: Candidates have five years from the date they passed the ERP Exam Part II to submit their CV/Resume to GARP to verify your professional experience. If a candidate fails to submit their CV/Resume within the 5-year time frame, they will not qualify for certification.

Once my work experience is approved, when can I expect my certificate to be sent?

Certificates are sent out within the first week of every month for all experience submissions approved the month prior. For example, a candidate whose experience is approved on January 15, 2021 would have their certificate sent out in the first week of February 2021.

How should the ERP designation be used?

You can use the designation as follows:

  • ERP
  • Certified ERP
  • Energy Risk Professional - Certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals
Where can the ERP designation be used?
  • After your name in written correspondence and/or as part of your email signature
  • After your name on business cards, letterheads, and/or name plates
  • As an identifier in resumes, curriculum vitas, biographies, personal statements, and/or published articles
What is the ERP Energy Oversight Committee?

One of the things that sets the ERP Program apart is its oversight and governance. The program is developed by the Energy Oversight Committee (EOC) comprised of leading industry experts and senior energy market practitioners from around the world. The ERP curriculum is reviewed and revised annually by the Energy Oversight Committee, ensuring is remains aligned with current industry practices and the latest market trends.

View the Members of the Committee

SECTION 4 - CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Is participating in CPD mandatory?

ERPs are required to participate in the program in order to use the designation.

What are the CPD program requirements?

In order to successfully meet the program requirements, you will need to earn 40 credits (approximately 40 hours) every two years.

What is a CPD Cycle?

A CPD cycle spans 24 months starting on January 1st and ending December 31st the following year. For example, a cycle beginning January 1, 2020, will end on December 31, 2021.

When does my CPD cycle begin?

Depending on your certification date, your cycle will begin in the current calendar year or the following January. For example, if you are certified on or before June 30th, your first CPD cycle will start in the current year and you may begin submitting credits immediately. If you are certified after June 30th, your cycle will begin the following January, but you can begin submitting credits immediately. 

What types of activities qualify for credit?

Activities should be educational, relevant to energy or financial risk management, and build on the knowledge and skills you achieved earning your certification. Activities include but are not limited to:

  • Reading an in-depth article, journal, whitepaper or book
  • Attending a conference, forum, seminar, or other live event
  • Attending a professional chapter or society meeting
  • Participating in a live or self-study training course
  • Participating in training offered by employers
  • Viewing a webcast, podcast, or video
  • Attending a lecture or taking a course at an accredited college or university
  • Participating in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
  • Passing relevant risk related exams
  • Publishing, speaking, or teaching on risk related issues
  • Volunteering for GARP as a subject matter expert, item writer or committee member
How do I calculate credits for CPD activities?

Credits should be calculated based on the time spent engaged in learning: One hour qualifies for one credit, a half hour qualifies for 0.5 credits, and fifteen minutes qualifies for 0.25 credits. For example, a webcast lasting 90 minutes should be entered as 1.5 credits.

How do I calculate credits for reading?

Estimate 1.5 minutes per page for non-technical reading and 3 minutes per page for technical reading. For example, 10 pages of technical reading would be estimated at 30 minutes and eligible for 0.5 credits. Readings accessed through the GARP portal will have pre-approved credits.

How do I get my credits approved?

You will need to submit requests for credit approval through the Credit Tracker in your GARP portal. Credits earned by attending our Chapter Meetings are recorded automatically.

Are there fees for participating in CPD?

The credit tracking tool in the GARP portal is open to all FRMs and ERPs, as well as SCR Certificate holders.

Can I earn credits for free?

Yes, there are many ways to earn CPD credits without incurring additional fees. Each month, you will receive an email with numerous complimentary credit offerings in the form of articles, whitepapers, research papers, webcasts, and more. Go to your email preferences in your profile and select the CPD Credit Bulletin to make sure you receive the monthly offerings.

Do I need to earn credits from GARP sponsored activities?

No, you are not limited to the selections that we provide. You may choose any educational activities that align with your career and interests and are accessible to you.

Do I need to submit attendance records for every activity?

No, CPD is based on an honor system. However, you are expected to record activities and keep attendance records as we do conduct random annual audits. In the event you are selected for audit, you will be provided adequate time to provide verification of your activities.

How do I access my CPD record?

To access your CPD record, log on to your GARP portal using your username and password.

What happens when I complete 40 credits?

After completing 40 credits, you will be granted access to a printable certificate that acknowledges your successful completion. Your FRM and/or ERP digital badge will reflect your achievement and your listing in the Directory will be updated.

Who do I contact with questions?

All questions may be directed to CPD@garp.com.


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