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Application Process

New VTNE Eligibility Process for California. Click here for more information.

The AAVSB is accepting VTNE online applications for the March-April 2015 and July-August 2015 exam windows.

You will receive an Authorization-To-Test email for scheduling your exam after your application is processed and eligibility confirmed. Please refer to the Eligibility information below.

Click here to access the Candidate Handbook which VTNE candidates are required to read.


The VTNE is a 3 hour exam which consists of 150 multiple-choice operational questions and 20 multiple-choice pilot questions derived from the test specifications. The candidate’s score on the VTNE is based on the candidate’s responses to 150 operational questions. The additional 20 pilot questions embedded in the test will not count towards the candidate’s score, but are used for constructing future examinations.

To take the VTNE, you must apply and pay for the exam and you must apply for eligibility to take the exam. Applications to take the VTNE are always accepted; however, there are deadlines for each examination window. No late applications will be accepted.

Examination Windows VTNE Online Application and Document Deadlines VTNE Special Accommodations & Retake Request (over 5 attempts) Deadlines State/Provincial Credential Application Deadlines
March 15 – April 15 February 15 January 1 May be earlier than AAVSB. See the Board and Agency Directory for contact information.
July 15 - August 15 June 15 May 1
November 15 - December 15 October 15 September 1


The AAVSB has added earlier deadlines for VTNE Special Accommodations and Retake Request (over 5 attempts) documents to allow time for the review process.


Candidate Handbook

The VTNE Candidate Handbook is designed to be the main source of information for those applying/registering to take the VTNE. All candidates are required to read the handbook.

Click here to access the handbook.


The VTNE candidate fee is $300.00 (paid in U.S. dollars). This fee includes the “seat fee” for the Prometric Testing Center.

VTNE Application, Eligibility and the States/Provinces

Make sure you apply for the VTNE by the online application deadline, confirm your eligibility process, and check with your state or province for credentialing requirements.

Apply to take the VTNE with AAVSB. You will pay for the exam when you submit your online application. AAVSB accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

    Click here for the application

You must create a login for a MyAAVSB account at any time of your application. This account allows you to login and update personal information, ask questions, check status of your application, and review your official score report when available. Please be aware that you will not be able to access your account until your application has been processed. Due to the high volume of applications submitted, please allow up to 2 weeks for processing applications after the end of the application window to receive your emailed ATT letter. If, after that time period, you attempt to log-in and encounter problems, please contact

Select your state/province for instructions to confirm your eligibility to take the VTNE exam. NOTE: Some states/provinces have earlier or different deadlines for eligibility.

   Click here for eligibility process:

After your application and eligibility have been processed, if approved, you will receive an Authorization-to-Test (ATT) email from Professional Examination Service (PES). This email explains how to make an examination appointment at a Prometric Testing Center which will determine the date, time, and location of your exam. See updated Candidate Handbook for changes regarding examination appointment and additional fees. Click here to access the handbook.

Some states/provinces have earlier or different deadlines for credential applications. Check with your specific state to find out the requirements.

   Click here to check with your state/province for credential information

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