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What’s in an Advisor Letter? A Guide for Students taking the CHES® Exam

man and woman with laptopWhat should my advisor letter include?

If you are registering for the CHES® examination as a full-time student, an advisor letter must be submitted at some point during the application process. Although the advisor letter is not necessary at the time of payment, it must be acquired and uploaded/mailed/emailed before the exam final deadline.

What should my advisor letter include?

The goal of an advisor letter is to demonstrate:

  • That the applicant is enrolled in 9 or more credits (which secures the student rate)
  • When the student is expected to graduate
  • The student’s current major
  • That a faculty member has deemed the student in good standing for the exam

The letter should be drafted on letterhead by a faculty member actively involved in the student’s educational process. Its purpose is to verify that the student will be completing the necessary credits for certification and will possess a conferred degree within 90 days of taking the examination – a standard that is required for our NCCA and IAS accreditation.


Example Advisor Letter

The following is an example of an advisor letter which includes pertinent info:

Tips for Composing an Advisor Letter

If you are hesitant to ask an advisor or faculty member for this letter, don't be! In most cases, they will already be familiar with the concept and the purpose behind the request. If not, you can print this sample letter and provide it as a reference for your advisor. Composing an advisor letter should only take about 5 minutes of time. Remember that it is required in order to be able to sit for the certification exam as a student.  

Don't forget to submit your official transcript along with your application or advisor letter!  

Posted by Jessica Wessner at 08:30

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