Certification Overview

The RFID Professional Institute was established in 2012 as an autonomous, non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organisation. Our aim is to foster professionalism in the RFID industry through independent, vendor- and technology-neutral certification exams. We have created a roadmap for the development of four levels of certification, ranging from Associate to Expert (see Certification Roadmap).


In 2013, the RFID Professional Institute's board of directors approved a step-by-step process for developing each certification exam (see Certification Process). To ensure the exam's integrity, subject-matter experts who submit items (questions) are not permitted to see the items submitted by other SMEs. A separate group of RFID professions not involved in education or training edits the questions.


The first exam, launched in 2014 and refined throughout 2015, is the RFID Professional Institute Associate Certificate. The holder of this credential will be able to demonstrate a broad knowledge of all types of RFID, as well as related technologies, including 2D bar codes, infrared and ultrasound. To obtain this credential, the examinee will need to know terms used in the RFID industry, understand the differences in how radio waves behave at different frequencies, learn the standards that govern RFID and demonstrate knowledge of some common applications for the different types of RFID systems. For a deeper understanding of this exam, please view the Associate Level Exam Guide.


If you are interested in taking the RFID Professional Institute Associate Certificate exam, please visit the Get Certified page.


We are currently developing the RFID Professional Institute Professional Certificate exam, which will also cover all types of RFID systems and concepts, but in greater depth than the Associate exam. If you are interested in helping us develop or edit questions, please visit the SME section of this site.



Associate Level Exam Domain

The Exam domain is broken down into the following subject areas:

  1. What is RFID?
  2. Architecture Components
  3. Privacy, Safety and Security
  4. Standards and Regulations
  5. Provider Roles
  6. Applications (what you can do)
  7. Evaluation and Selection
  8. System Design
  9. Deployment Steps





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