The Certified Manager Animal Resources (CMAR) certification program is designed
to raise competency and professionalism in the field of Animal Resources Management.
The CMAR designation involves a series of four examinations: three exams
arranged via an organization called the Institute for Certified Professional
Managers (ICPM), and
the Animal Resources Exam offered by AALAS. Obtaining the CMAR designation is
a sign of professionalism in the field of animal resources management.
ICPM is offering Administrative Management Society Foundation (AMS Foundation) scholarships for CM certification. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In order to maintain their CMAR designation, CMAR recipients will have biannual
requirements of a re-certification fee and a specified number of continuing education credits.
Below is a general overview of the management certification process. For complete
program information, download the CMAR
Certified Manager (CM) Exams
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 (email@example.com),
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 or fax. An order form can be downloaded at www.icpm.biz.
More information about the CM exams is available in the CMAR
Effective May 21, new eligibility requirements were approved. Candidates may apply under one of the following criteria:
Candidates meeting these requirements who pass the Animal Resources Exam and the CM exams will
achieve the status of a Certified Manager of Animal Resources and will be
able to use the CMAR acronym after their names.
CMAR Maintenance Form for 15-Month Program Deadline
All CMAR candidates must pass the Animal Resources exam and apply to ICPM within 15 months of submitting the application to AALAS. For those candidates who applied prior to November 1, 2002, this 15-month deadline was implemented starting January 1, 2005. Within the 15-month period, candidates may retake the AR Exam as often as can be arranged and will not lose their eligibility if they fail to pass the AR exam. To retake an exam, candidates must submit a new application with the full exam fee payment.
Candidates who have not successfully passed the AR exam and applied to ICPM within the 15-month period must submit a maintenance form and pay a maintenance fee ($25) to extend their deadline by another 15 months.
Candidates who fail to meet the deadline and who do not submit an eligibility maintenance form and fee are dropped from the CMAR Program and may reapply at a later date*. All candidates dropped from the program who have passed the Animal Resources Exam lose their exam score and must retake the Animal Resources Exam at the full application and exam fees at the time of reapplication to the CMAR program.
*Grandfathered candidates who originally applied to the CMAR program prior to November 2002 and did not hold a bachelor’s degree will not lose their eligibility if they are dropped from the CMAR program and can reapply to the CMAR program under original eligibility requirements.
Overview of the Animal Resources
ExamThe 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:
The exam is composed of 150 questions that are organized in three categories:
The CMAR Reference List includes readings that provide in-depth coverage of
the topics covered by the Animal Resources Exam. The CMAR Reference List may
be altered and expanded by the CMAR Committee at any time without notice. The
certification test item data bank is not static; new questions are added on
a continual basis and this list is adjusted as needed.
Familiarity with the publications listed does not guarantee that an individual
will pass the Animal Resources Exam. To obtain any of the publications in this
list contact a bookseller, the publisher or the AALAS office. Government publications
can be located on the Internet. AALAS packages the reference materials from
this list in a CMAR Resource Kit available for purchase through the AALAS
How to Apply
The Animal Resources Exam is offered only as paper-and-pencil exams at select
meetings. Complete and submit the application
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.
If you are in need of financial assistance for the CMAR program, check out these opportunities:
Administrative Management Society scholarships
LAMA Foundation scholarships
Upcoming Animal Resources Training Session and Exam Dates
The Animal Resources Exam is currently available as
a pencil-and-paper exam at scheduled venues. Contact
the AALAS office for more information about these exam dates or to arrange an Animal Resources Exam at your facility.
We have launched a listserve for the CMAR program. The purpose of this listserve will be link those who have earned their CMAR, are preparing for the CMAR exams, or are thinking about applying. This email community will give people a chance to learn about the steps involved with applying and taking the CMAR exams and, of course, it will offer members the opportunity to ask questions of others CMAR candidates or CMARs in the field.
If you are interested in joining, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “SUBSCRIBE CMARLINK Yourfirstname Yourlastname” in the message body. Once enrolled, all you need to do to post a message on the listserve is send your message to CMARLINK@listserv.aalas.org