FAQ for SCR®

LAST REVISED: May 1, 2024


How is the Exam structured?

The SCR Exam is a comprehensive, standard-oriented assessment covering fundamental guidelines, methodologies, and frameworks used in anticipating and managing climate risk. It consists of 90 equally weighted multiple-choice questions, including two case studies. Candidates will be allotted four hours to complete the Exam.

What are the benefits of obtaining the SCR certificate?

After earning the certificate, you can apply principles of sustainability and climate risk management in current and future roles, giving you a competitive advantage. Passing the Exam demonstrates you possess the knowledge and tools necessary to assess and manage the sustainability and climate risk challenges many industries face.

How quantitative is the Exam?

The Exam is not highly quantitative. It is designed to be accessible to a wide audience. A few questions may require limited multiplication and division, an understanding of ratios or knowledge of measurement units and the magnitude of metrics relevant to specific risk management topics. Some questions may present graphs or tables with quantitative information.

How much work experience in sustainability and climate risk do I need to sit for the Exam?

No work experience is required to sit for the Exam.

In what language can I take the Exam?

Currently, the SCR Exam is offered in American English only.


What will registration cost and what is included?

Initial registration for the SCR Certificate program includes the full curriculum in eBook form, a full-length Practice Exam, the fee to sit for the Exam, and issuance of the certificate for successful candidates. Please refer to the fee schedule here.

Can I register multiple employees or members of my team?

Yes. Contact us to explore how you can elevate your organization's risk management by educating multiple employees at a time.

What are acceptable forms of payment?

Candidates can pay for their exam registration via:

  • Credit Card: GARP accepts MasterCard, Visa, Amex, and Discover.
  • ePay: GARP accepts Alipay.
  • Wire: All wire payments will include a USD 50 processing fee added to your invoice. Please reference your GARP ID and Invoice Number when sending your payment. Full instructions can be found at the bottom of your invoice.
  • ACH: All ACH payments will include a USD 50 processing fee added to your invoice. Please reference your GARP ID and Invoice Number when sending your payment. Full instructions can be found at the bottom of your invoice.

Where can I find a list of all available exam sites?

Please refer to this link for a comprehensive list of Pearson VUE exam sites.

How is the Exam administered?

The Exam will be administered as an in-person Computer-Based Testing (CBT) Exam at Pearson VUE test sites worldwide.

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.

Where I can read about important exam information, including when the next registration cycle opens and closes?

For complete information on exam dates, registration deadlines, scheduling, and more, please visit our Exam Logistics page.

When will the Exam be offered?
The Exam is offered in select windows throughout the year on a first-come, first-served basis. The exam windows are provided below:
April 20 - 28, 2024
Oct. 19 - Nov. 2, 2024

How does the April 2024 Exam and October 2024 Exam differ?

April’s Exam is 80 multiple choice questions and one case study over three hours, while October’s Exam is 90 questions and two case studies over four hours. Fees are subject to change for October 2024.

Additionally, any applicable curriculum updates can be accessed via our GARP Learning platform only; the official 2024 SCR eBook will NOT include any of the new learnings covered on the October SCR Exam.

Learn more about curriculum and pricing updates for October 2024.

Can I sit for the Exam multiple times?

GARP notifies candidates if they pass or do not pass the Exam. Candidates who don't pass their Exam, register and don't schedule their Exam, or schedule and don't take the Exam can pay a one-time retake fee of USD 350, during the next two exam cycles only. After two cycles candidates must re-register for the program and pay all applicable fees.

Can I reschedule my Exam?

Depending on availability, candidates may reschedule their exam date (from among the dates included in the exam window they registered for) or change their in-person CBT exam site using the Pearson VUE scheduling website, until 48 hours before the start of the scheduled Exam.

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.

If I am registered for the FRM Exam, can I also register for the SCR Exam?

Yes, candidates can enroll in the SCR Certificate program if they are currently registered for or plan to register for the FRM Program.


How much time do I need to prepare to sit for the Exam?

Preparation time varies by candidate. GARP estimates an average preparation time of 100-150 hours.

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

A full-length Practice Exam, the SCR eBook, and access to GARP Learning are included with registration. Candidates will receive an email explaining eBook access after registering. 

SCR print books are available for purchase here for USD 300, plus shipping. GARP offers the SCR Study Guide and Learning Objectives document to assist candidates in successfully preparing for the SCR Exam. This study aid is available for free digital download on the GARP website.

Should I create a study plan?

Yes. Due to the sizable amount of material covered in the Exam, GARP suggests following a weekly study schedule. Preparing for the Exam at the last minute is strongly discouraged.

What does SCR cover?

The SCR Exam focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to effectively respond to sustainability and climate risk challenges within an organization.

Topics include:

  • Foundations of Climate Change: What is Climate Change?

  • Sustainability

  • Climate Change Risk

  • Sustainability and Climate Policy, Culture, and Governance

  • Green and Sustainable Finance: Markets and Instruments

  • Climate Risk Measurement and Management

  • Climate Models and Scenario Analysis

  • Net Zero

  • Climate and Nature Risk Assessment

  • Transition Planning and Carbon Reporting

How often is the study material changed?
GARP strives to maintain our program's best-in-class curriculum and associated study materials. In order to ensure relevance and accuracy, GARP reviews the curriculum every year. Revisions are made and new study materials are released December 1 for the following calendar year.


What are the acceptable forms of identification?

Your identification must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Original (not a photocopy) and valid
  • Non-expired
  • Government-issued
  • Contains your current photograph
  • Contains your signature

Below is a list of possible acceptable forms of identification:

  • Passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • U.S. military ID
  • Government-issued driver’s license
  • U.S. Dept. of State driver’s license
  • National/state/country identification card
  • Alien registration card (green card, permanent resident visa)
  • Government-issued local language ID (plastic card with photo and signature)

The name associated with the registration must exactly match the name on your identification on exam day. This includes an exact match of the first name, last name, and any middle name or initial.

There are NO exceptions to GARP's Identification Policy. On exam day if you do not present an acceptable form of ID as listed above, you will not be allowed to sit for the Exam.

What if the name on my GARP Dashboard does not match that on my government-issued ID?

You must send an email to to update your name to match your identification.

How should I prepare for exam day?
  • Candidates are expected to be familiar with the exam site location and arrive at least 30 minutes before the Exam is scheduled to begin
  • Be prepared to present proper identification

Please confirm the name on your GARP Dashboard matches the name on the government issued ID you plan to use on exam day.

Can I use a calculator on exam day?

The below pictured digital calculator is provided for you on the screen during the Exam.


Can I have my cellular phone with me in the exam room?

Candidates must leave their cellular phone outside of the exam room in the designated personal belonging area.

Can I bring personal belongings with me into the exam room or environment?

No personal items are allowed in the exam room or environment. Candidates may not bring or wear barrettes, hair clips, headbands, or hairbands. Removable jewelry is not permitted in the exam room. Candidates may not bring any books and/or notes into the exam room for use during the exam session, unless pre-authorized by GARP in advance.

Candidates must store all personal items in a secure area (a locker), as indicated by the proctor, or return personal items to their vehicle. If candidates refuse to store personal items, they will not be allowed to sit for the Exam, and they will lose their registration fee. All electronic devices must be turned off before storing them in a locker.

Can I take a break?

Candidates may not leave the exam room without proctor approval. If you need a restroom break, you must raise your hand, and wait to be acknowledged by a proctor. No additional time is given if you take a break.


Is Continued Professional Development (CPD) required?

SCR Certificate holders can advance their climate risk education through the GARP CPD program. Certificate holders must earn 20 CPD credits per cycle to stay current. After completing 20 credits in a 2-year cycle, SCR Certificate holders may download a CPD Acknowledgement of Completion Certificate. While CPD is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged.

Do I get a certificate of completion after I pass?

Yes, an electronic certificate of completion and a complimentary digital badge is granted to those who passed the Exam. 

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