Attaining the ORM Certificate


ORM Certificate Candidate Guidebook

Operational Risk Manager Certificate Candidate Guidebook

The ORM Certificate Candidate Guidebook provides an overview of the exam including program design, dates and locations, fees and registration, exam format, exam syllabus, and preparing for the exam.

Eligibility Requirements
The only prerequisite to attempting the ORM exam is candidates must hold a membership in PRMIA.

Exam Requirements
To receive the ORM Certificate, candidates must pass the single exam with a score of 60% or higher

Candidates may retake a failed exam, but must wait 90 days from the date of the failed exam. 

Maintaining your ORM Certification

The only requirement in maintaining your certification is to uphold the highest professional and ethical standards as defined by the PRMIA Standards of Best Practice, Conduct and Ethics

Exam Exemptions
Completing the ORM Certificate will not yield any exemptions toward the PRM Designation.

Exam Syllabus

A complete syllabus for each section of the exam is provided in the ORM Certificate Candidate Guidebook.  Below is a high level overview of the subject matter in each section.

Section Subject Matter
A. Introduction

Regulatory Context since 2008
Embedding Risk Best Practices

B. Risk Governance

People/Roles and Responsibilities
Risk Governance Developments

C. The Risk Management Framework Risk Capacity
Risk Appetite
Risk Policies
Risk Pricing
Risk Culture
D. Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment
Risk Scenarios ('Top Down')
Process Models ('Bottom Up')
Operational Risk Issues
Additional Risk Assessment Topics

E. Risk Information

Loss Investigations
Key Risk Indicators (KRIs)
Risk Reporting & Toolsets

F. Risk Modeling Capital & Risk Pricing
G. Insurance Mitigation Insurance Mitigation

Exam Format
The exam is computer-based. Questions are all multiple choice drawn randomly from the exam data base, according to the syllabus order and weightings. The ORM exam is offered in English only.

PRMIA's computer-based method of delivery of the exam allows it to evaluate very specific details about each question administered, including down-to-the-second measurements of how long it takes most candidates to answer each question. 

The exam consists of 60 questions and candidates have 2 hours to complete it.  Below is the percentage breakdown of exam questions for each exam syllabus section described above. 

Syllabus Subject Percentage of Exam

What to Expect at the Testing Facility

The ORM exam is operated by Pearson VUE with testing centers in more than 165 countries, in secure and monitored testing facilities in over 5,000 locations.

Questions are presented digitally with responses entered directly into the computer.  No materials may be brought into the testing room; however, you will be provided with an erasable board upon request.  No calculators are needed nor provided.  

Once admitted to the testing room, there will be a tutorial that introduces the functionality of the exam and a brief message from PRMIA. After this has been viewed, you may begin your exam. You will be asked multiple-choice questions with four possible responses. There are no breaks allowed during the exam.  

The testing system allows you to mark and review questions as long as time is remaining. Please note that you are unlikely to finish your exam with substantial extra time. You are encouraged to use the tutorial in an expedient manner, but sufficient time is allocated for you to complete the tutorial and the exam.

Exam Results

Exams are graded digitally.  Results are usually available within 15 business days of your test date and can be accessed by signing in to your PRMIA account and going to the 'Certifications Tab' in your 'PRMIA Profile'.

After becoming certified your digital certificate is instantly available via your Certifications Tab in your PRMIA Profile. Digital certificates offer more than a just a digital copy of your certificate, see Documentation & Sharing for features.