Application Fee

To begin the process, you must complete and submit an online ADF along with a non-refundable $395 application fee. This fee covers both the ADF and the examination costs. A $205 certification fee will be due after you have successfully completed the examination.

Certification Fee

All candidates who successfully pass the examination will be notified in writing that they have earned the RCE designation. All new designees must pay a one-time, nonrefundable certification fee of $205.

Judith Lindenau RCE Scholarship

You may be eligible for up to $600 to cover the expense of submitting the RCE applicant data form (ADF), and the one-time certification fee. Learn more about the Judith Lindenau RCE Scholarship.

Reapplication Fee

Candidates who do not take the examination or successfully pass all three (3) modules of the examination within two years after receiving their ADF score or submitting their CAE Plus application must resubmit a new ADF or CAE Plus application, along with a $395 reapplication fee. Candidates will have two years to successfully pass all three examination modules.

Retake Fee

Candidates who do not receive the minimum required number of points after taking the examination have two years from the date their ADF was submitted to retake the module(s) they did not pass during the next time an examination is scheduled at an NAR meeting or is sponsored by a state or local association. Candidates must pay a nonrefundable, nontransferable $55 retake fee per module examination.

Exam Cancellation Fee

There is a $80 exam cancellation fee if a candidate cancels their RCE exam registration at any point between when the exam registration deadline closes and the date they are scheduled to take the exam.

Recertification Fee

To retain the designation, RCEs must be recertified every four years. For all RCEs, the recertification date is the fourth Jan. 1 following the certification date that appears on his or her certificate. Recertification requires completion of the recertification form, along with a $135 recertification fee.

Annual Dues

Designees must pay an annual fee of $95, payable within 30 days from when the dues billing is sent at the beginning of each year, to retain the designation.

Late Fee

RCE fees not paid on time incur a $40 Late Fee.