Ethics Exam Requirement

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The IARFC continues to take the lead in promoting the ethical behavior of its members. To address the public concern of ethics upfront, the IARFC has developed an Ethics Exam that will be a requirement for its member consultants to obtain/maintain their "Ethics Approved" status.

It is centered on the IARFC Code of Ethics and involves reading and understanding the different parts of the Code which is the basis of ethical behavior supported by the IARFC Association.

The Code of Ethics consists of three parts:

  • The Canons
  • The Principles
  • The Rules

The Principles embody the ethical and professional standards expected of IARFC designees and credential holders. These Principles address the “substance” and not merely the “form” of service to the clients and the employers. The Principles are the guidelines of the IARFC professional conduct.

The Rules serve as a description of best practices or IARFC Standards and outline how the Principles must be implemented in specific circumstances.

Ethic Exams Facts

  • Ethics Exam is required of each designation/credential holder with Association membership upon application and renewals who want to obtain/maintain their "Ethics Approved Status" (effective January 2021 invoicing).
  • Cost: N/C
  • 25 questions 
  • Open book exam, based on the IARFC Code of Ethics
  • Passing Score: 72%. (A passing score is required to achieve/maintain the Ethics Approved Status.) Results are available immediately with the option to print a CE Certificate (Two IARFC Ethics CE units awarded). Members who fail the exam will have two additional opportunities to pass within testing windows.

New Members
Any designee or credential holder with Association membership, upon becoming a member, will be required to take the exam upon application.


  1. Download the Code of Ethics from the IARFC Website.
  2. Log into your membership profile on the website. If you are in your scheduled timeframe for the exam you will see the Ethics Status & Exam icon. If you are not due yet it will not appear until 90 days before your renewal.
  3. Click on the Justice Scale icon - Ethics Status & Exam
  4. Click “Take the Ethics Exam Today”.

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