Under special circumstances (i.e., medical or personal emergency) AFP may allow a deferral from the current testing window to the next testing window with no additional fee.

An event that can be anticipated is not considered an emergency.  A candidate’s inability to take the exam due to work commitments or insufficient or inappropriate preparation is not considered an emergency.

Emergencies include:

  • Death in the immediate family
  • Illness, either yourself or immediate family member
  • Disabling traffic accident
  • Court appearance or jury duty
  • Military duty
  • Unscheduled work travel


Special circumstances must either immediately precede or coincide with the administration of the exam. All such circumstances must include supporting documentation (i.e., a doctor's note, emergency room forms, death certificate). A medical or personal emergency may apply to you or to one of your immediate family members: spouse, child or parent as defined by the Family Medical Leave Act.

Approval of a deferral request is granted on a case-by-case basis. Deferrals are permitted only once per exam part.


Failure to cancel a scheduled appointment, according to the Pearson VUE cancellation policy, will result in a $100 no-show penalty fee. Authorizations to Test will not be issued until the no-show fee has been paid.