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The AICI Certified Image Consultant (AICI CIC) designation shows others that you have achieved practiced standards in the image consulting industry and that you keep abreast of current thinking and technical knowledge.

The successful completion of the CIC Exam is one of the steps necessary in completing your CIC certification. The order in which you complete your CIC Exam is determined by the track you selected at the time that you completed your CIC application.

The following outlines the steps you will need to take to register and schedule your CIC exam.

  1. Register and submit payment for your CIC exam, click here to register and make payment for your CIC Exam. The fee for the CIC exam is $275 USD for members and $1,090 USD for non-members
  2. Email confirmation will be sent by AICI Headquarters informing you that you have been registered for you CIC exam
  3. Email instructions from our testing partner, Castle Worldwide which will contain instructions for registering and scheduling your CIC exam.
  4. Ensure that your email program will accept emails for our testing partner, Castle Worldwide.

Requirements for the AICI CIC Exam

AICI offers the AICI CIC Exam as a computer-based exam, known as a live proctor exam or LOP.

  • The computer based AICI CIC Exam may be taken anywhere that provides privacy
  • Hardware and software requirements
    • Webcam and reliable access to the Internet
    • Computer with 1GB of RAM or higher
    • Internet connection of (5 mbps)-wireless connection is acceptable, however a wired-connection is preferred
    • Webcam with 640x480 video pixel resolution (laptop camera is acceptable)
    • Speakers connected to the computer
    • Microphone connected to the computer (consider a webcam with a built-in microphone)
    • Flash player version 7 or higher
    • Browser compatibility: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari
    • Registration can be completed online at any time.
    • The computer-based exam is available in English, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish; or, it can be taken in English. Please note that interpreters or language dictionaries are not allowed.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to take the AIC CIC Exam
  • The fee is $275/members and $1,090/non-members

How to Register:

  1. Review the AICI Certified Image Consultant (CIC) Examination Handbook.
  2. Register for the AICI CIC Exam online.
  3. Ensure that your email program will accept emails from
  4. Email instructions from Castle Worldwide on how to schedule your CIC exam. This email will be sent from,
  5. You will receive a second email from Castle Worldwide, confirming your CIC exam appointment.
  6. You will receive your test score immediately when taking the exam as a computer-based exam.
  7. You will receive a hard copy letter with your exam results in 6-8 weeks.

What's Next

If your CIC Portfolio has been reviewed and approved, congratulations you have completed all of the necessary steps to achieve your CIC certification. You will receive a formal notice and certificate from AICI Headquarters.

If you have taken the CIC exam as the first step in your CIC process you will need to submit your CIC portfolio to your CIC Reviewer for approval.

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CIC Sample Exam Questions

The following questions were taken from the examination question repository and serve as samples of the question type and question content found on the certification examination.

1. In North America, in order to project a high-impact presence through non-verbal communication, which of the following should the Image Consultant consider?

  A. Announcing him/herself when entering a room
  B. Offering his/her hand immediately, regardless of the cultural setting
  C. Making eye contact when greeting people
  D. Lowering the chin slightly to project respect

2. Which of the following is the definition of a color's complement?

  A. One step over on the color wheel
  B. Opposites on the color wheel
  C. Two steps over on the color wheel
  D. Equidistant on the color wheel

3. Which of the following is correct for a man wearing a suit?

  A. Wear black shoes and a black belt.
  B. Wear braces (suspenders) with a belt.
  C. Tuck in the narrow end of a tie into the shirt near the collar.
  D. Wear a wide knot tie with a narrow spread collar.

4. An AICI colleague confides in an Image Consultant that he/she is involved in a conflict with another member. Which of the following actions should the Image Consultant take?

  A. Talk to other AICI members whose opinions are valued and discuss the problem with them.
  B. Offer advice or coach him/her how to resolve the issue with that consultant face-to-face.
  C. Urge him/her to contact the Ethics Chair and ask for assistance in resolving the problem.
  D. Offer to assist and talk to both sides in an attempt to get the conflict resolved.

5. Which of the following statements is TRUE about communication?

  A. Men and wo men communicate verbally in the same ways.
  B. Verbal communication styles are the same everywhere.
  C. It is sometimes best to alter your verbal communication style to match the client's pattern.
  D. To be authentic, always maintain your own communication style.

Additional Preparation - Demo Exam

Castle offers a free online tutorial and demo test to familiarize candidates with the computer-based testing environment. The online demonstration and tutorial are acces sible at any time, anywhere, through any computer with Internet access. Candidates may access the tutorial and demo on Castle's website. The demo is not intended to be a review of AICI examination.

Answer Key to Questions Above

Question #1

Answer: C
Reference: Casperson, Dana May. Power Etiquette: What You Don't Know Can Kill Your Career. New York: AMA Publication, 1999.

Question #2

Answer: B
Reference: Mathis, Carla and Helen Villa Connor. The Triumph of Individual Style: A Guide to Dressing Your Body, Your Beauty, Your Self. Fairchild Books & Visuals, 2002. Page

Question #3

Answer: A
Reference: Bassil, James. Presents The Style Bible: The 11 Rules for Building a Complete and Timeless Wardrobe. Collins, 2007. Page 113

Question #4

Answer: C
Reference: AICI Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct as published on the AICI Website.

Question #5

Answer: C
Reference: Casperson, Dana May. Power Etiquette: What You Don't Know Can Kill Your Career . New York: AMA Publication, 1999.


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