The Online/Written Tests
Approved candidates must take the online and performance tests within two years of RBA’s acceptance of the application. If this is not done, the candidate loses his/ her “approved” status and must submit a new application. Previous filing fees are not refunded; they are forfeited.
Most exams will be given via an online link. The RBA staff will schedule your online exam and send you a link to the test. You will need to find a quiet space and give yourself the full time allotted. Once you click on the link for the exam, you are NOT able to stop and go back in, so it is very important to block out a time for you to test. The written examination for Certified Baker, Certified Decorator and Certified Master Baker must be taken and passed prior to taking the practical examination.
RBA study guides for written exams are provided for CB and CMB candidates. The information contained in study guides are a foundation and initial step to preparing for the online exam. Candidates are also expected to read and study baking references and texts, such as those on the suggested RBA reading list. CJB and CJD certifications contain common knowledge questions that you should be able to answer as an industry profession and there is no official study guide available.
The Practical Tests
Practical tests are typically conducted on Saturday and Sunday at a school or facility with adequate workstations and equipment. RBA uses 3 to 5 judges, and a test administrator or on-site test coordinator. Candidates must achieve the minimum passing grade (75%) for each test segment and a 75% for the test overall. CMBs take a two-day practical test; CBʹs and CDs take a one-day practical test.
A minimum of five (3) candidates is required to hold a practical exam. Examinations will be held at locations that can accommodate up to ten (10) candidates, has the proper equipment available and does not charge for the use of the facility. Test results will be provided to candidates at the test site, immediately following the exam. It is the objective of the RBA to provide a fair standard of scoring. Each product being graded has a detailed grading rubric that candidates will have access to prior to the exam.
Study guides and recipes are provided for practical exams. Candidates are provided with RBA recommended recipes but may choose to use their own recipes. If a candidate chooses to use his or her own recipes, the RBA Coordinator or an RBA judge must be notified at least 30 days prior to the practical. A candidate’s practical study guide is unique to her or his exam test site, as the categories, products and formulas may change for each practical.
A candidate who fails one or two product segments may re-test on those segments. The re-test will include the failed items plus two (2) additional products to allow for scoring on time management. A candidate who fails three or more product segments must re-take the entire practical exam. (The math/Baker’s percentage portion of the practical exam will be included as one of the failed items).
The fee for the re-test is $150.00 per item (CMB)/ $50.00 per item (CB/ CD).
- If a candidate fails the written or practical test, in whole, the candidate must wait a year from the date of the second failed test before reapplying to take the test.
- If a candidate fails the practical test in part (1-2 items), the candidate must wait 3 months before retesting.
- The candidate must submit documentation of 3 practice rounds of the product prior to retesting.
- This documentation will include emailed pictures of the practice production process and the final products. Candidates will receive a list of necessary pictures based on the product to be retested.
- The test must take place during a regularly scheduled test, or when two or more CMB judges are available for scoring (one judge may virtually present).
- If a candidate does not retest during a regularly scheduled exam, the candidate will be responsible for any travel and lodging of out-of-town judges, up to $200 per judge. These costs will be paid though the RBA. The RBA will do its best to find CMB judges within a close vicinity to the retesting candidate.