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Certified Image Consultant Exam

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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 preferred CIC Track, click here to register. The fee for the CIC Certification is $375 USD for members and $1,490 USD for non-members
  2. An email confirmation will be sent by AICI Headquarters informing you that you have been registered for the CIC exam.
  3. Email instructions from our testing partner, Castle Worldwide which will contain instructions for registering and scheduling your CIC exam.
    Please note: it can take up to ten (10) days to receive testing instructions from Castle Worldwide.
  4. Ensure that your email program will accept emails for our testing partner, Scantron.

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, English as a Second Language (ESL), Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish; or, it can be taken in English. Please note that interpreters or language dictionaries are not allowed.
    • The computer based 100 question AICI CIC Exam may be taken anywhere that provides privacy
  • You must be at least 18 years old to take the AIC CIC Exam
  • The fee is $375/members and $1,490/non-members

How to Register:

  • Review the AICI Certified Image Consultant (CIC) Examination Handbook.
  • Register for you preferred CIC Track online.
  • Ensure that your email program will accept emails from
  • Email instructions from Castle Worldwide on how to schedule your CIC exam. This email will be sent from,
    Please note: it can take up to ten (10) days to receive testing instructions from Castle Worldwide.
  • You will receive a second email from Scantron, confirming your CIC exam appointment.
  • You will receive your test score immediately when taking the exam as a computer-based exam.
  • You will be contacted at AICI HQ with next steps within 6-8 weeks.

CIC Practice Exam

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Chapter Exam Form

You may request a chapter exam as long as the following requirements are met:

  • At least 15 attendees have committed to taking the test.
  • You are submitting the Chapter form at least 95 days prior to the test date.
  • Are able to pay the room rental fee.
    • AICI Chapters are responsible for their own room fees.

The following requirements and deadlines are important to keep in mind when planning a chapter exam:

  • An event will be created for online registration once all forms have been submitted. Registration will close 45 days prior to the event. No extensions will be made.
  • Exam materials must be received by the Test Site Administrator (TSA), after the test has been completed all exam materials must be gathered and sent back to Castle immediately.
  • There should be at least one (1) testing staff to monitor the hallway and escort attendees to the restroom.
  • Please note that you may need more than one additional testing staff depending on your needs and the rental space.
  • Additional testing staff is required if:
    • There are more than 35 attendees sitting for the exam.
    • There is more than one testing room.
    • A good rule of thumb: 1 proctor is needed per 35 attendees in addition to the TSA.
  • Testing personnel requirements (this includes the TSA and any additional staff required).
    • Be at least 21 years old.
    • Dependable and professional.
    • May NOT be related to an examinee (mother, father, sibling, cousin etc.…).
    • May NOT participate in teaching exam review courses or exam coaching/preparation activities for the particular exam being administered.
    • May NOT be a past or potential candidate of the examination you are administering.
  • Any physical arrangements needed (ADA) must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event in order to be met.
  • If you have any questions, or would like to start the process, please contact Lily Mahan, AICI Professional Development Coordinator (

    Click Here to Download the Form

    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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