The Examination Process
This is a walkthrough of the written and performance examination process you'll take to get your certification.
You arrive at the examination site with your mannequin and all of the tools and equipment necessary to complete the tasks.
The blue team is the first to take the performance examination, so they go to the station bearing their badge number and set up all the tools and equipment.
After being assigned to either the red or blue team, you have your picture taken. This is to ensure that the scorers do not get confused.
All of the tools and equipment you will not be using are placed under the table at your station.
Once the blue team is set up you will go to the general assembly. Here you will be briefed about the examination and given a chance to ask questions.
The red team will stay in the general assembly room, where they will take the written examination. The written examination is 1 hour 45 minutes long.
The written examination has 250 true/false or multiple-choice questions. Some of the questions are taken from a photo album.
In the performance examination room, the blue team is preparing to start the examination, which takes 1 hour and 30 minutes.
The timer is started and candidates all start by placing foils in the weave slice section.
Work continues under the watchful eye of the evaluators. Neatness, workmanship, organization, and professionalism are noted at this time.
During the 1 3/4 hour performance examination, the entire mannequin must be completed. Mixing of haircolor is included in the allotted time.
During the examination, oral questions are asked of the candidates. All of the questions asked are found in the study portfolio.
The highlight retouch section is one of the most critical portions of the examination; candidates must show sensitivity to previously bleached hair.
At the conclusion of the examination, teams of evaluators carefully examine packets for application, consistency and bleeding.
The take down is a time consuming process. It is during this time where the greatest part of the evaluation is concluded.
The two teams alternate in the afternoon. At the end of the day, both teams will take the interactive examination. Candidates will know within a week if they have passed or failed.