The first three exams for Certified Manager (CM) are administered by ICPM. The CM exams are Management Skills I: Foundations of Management; Management Skills II: Planning and Organizing; and Management Skills III: Leading and Controlling. CMAR candidates must apply to ICPM to take the CM exams. An application may be downloaded from the ICPM web site, or you may contact them by e-mail or phone (540-568-3247).

ICPM provides three printed study manuals and an online learning center to facilitate preparation for the CM exams. The study manuals can be ordered from ICPM by phone, e-mail or online at

Overview of the Animal Resources Exam

The Animal Resources Exam measures the candidate's knowledge of and skills in resource allocation, management, regulations and compliance, and issues relating to the laboratory animal field. The exam tests your knowledge and competence in the following topic areas:

  • Optimizing Facility Resources (20%)
  • Managing Fiscal Resources (10%)
  • Achieving Regulatory Compliance (20%)
  • Managing Animal Welfare (30)%
  • Assuring Public Trust (10%)
  • Managing Personnel (10%)

The exam is composed of 150 multiple choice questions in three categories:

  • Knowledge-based
  • Analytical
  • Decision-making

How to Apply for the AR Exam

Complete and submit the application form  along with all requested documentation and fees. After receiving and processing the application and appropriate fees, the AALAS office will notify applicants of eligibility status via e-mail. All education and work experience eligibility requirements must be met to qualify to take the Animal Resources Exam.

Upcoming AR Exam Prep Classes and Exam Information - Throughout the year there may be prep classes which are provided by  Branches and sometimes private companies. You may find information on classes and venues here.

Financial Assistance

If you are in need of financial assistance for the CMAR program, check out these opportunities:

Administrative Management Society scholarships
LAMA Foundation scholarships

CMAR Certification

CMAR certification will not be conferred on an individual until all 4 exams are taken and passed.

  • If you have your MBA (Master of Business Administration), you will only have to take and pass the Animal Resource Exam.