Once accepted for an evaluation session you should try to complete the written exam in advance of the evaluation session. Any certified trainer, including one who trained you, may administer the closed-book written exam. A list of NABC trainers who may be willing to serve as proctors can be found on the NABC website. If you cannot arrange to take the written exam prior to arriving at the evaluation session then you will need to make arrangements in advance with the session organizer to take the exam during the evaluation session.
You may apply for evaluation at the Assistant, Bander, or Trainer level. Each full level attempted incurs a separate $35 testing fee; the Assistant level is broken into two tracks, with the mist-netting track incurring a $10 fee and the banding track incurring a $25 fee.
Candidates applying at the Assistant level can choose to be evaluated on either track or on both. Candidates do not need to independently complete the Assistant level to proceed to Bander or Trainer level. A candidate who applies for Bander level but who meets evaluation criteria less than at that level and above Assistant level will be certified at the Assistant level.
The Bander level must be completed before attempting the Trainer level. Both Bander and Trainer levels may be attempted at the same session. Fees apply to each level, and the Trainer-level fee will not be refunded if the candidate fails to achieve the Bander level.
During the evaluation session two or more certified NABC trainers, who have not participated significantly in your training, will evaluate you and provide you with a report card summarizing the results of the evaluation. Their decision will be final. If you pass you will receive a certificate. Certification does not replace the federal banding permit nor any additional permits necessary in your state or province, nor does it guarantee you will be granted such permits. Certification does indicate to the Banding Offices, and others, that you have attained a significant standard of knowledge and skill.