Preparing for an exam

It’s important to recognize that Appian training and practical application of knowledge are an integral part of exam success. While specific preparation resources vary across exams, there are some tips for preparation that will help you regardless of the exam.

First, review the skills measured by the exam. These objectives reflect the content presented on an exam. Use them as a checklist to identify skills gaps which will help focus your preparation. Get hands-on practice. There is so much to learn but putting knowledge to practice is key. Take the time to review best practices and applied knowledge.


Earning a Certification

The Appian Certification Program allows individual practitioners to highlight their knowledge and abilities through a series of standards-driven exams within different tracks and levels, allowing for recognition throughout your career journey. 

The Developer track is progressive, with higher level certifications building on the skills and knowledge validated in previous certifications. 

Developer Prerequisites

  • Certified Associate Developer - Pass Certified Associate Developer exam
  • Certified Senior Developer - Hold an active Certified Associate Developer AND pass the Certified Senior Developer exam
  • Certified Lead Developer - Hold an active Certified Senior Developer AND pass the Certified Lead Developer exam
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Exam Delivery

Appian delivers our exams via Examity’s secure testing platform using remote proctors.  This process provides online flexibility for our candidates with the proctored environment that ensures our certifications are valid and reliable. 

Before Your Exam

Prior to your exam appointment you will want to complete your Examity user profile and perform a system check through Examity to ensure your exam will run smoothly.

Day of Your Exam

Ensure you have: A computer with a webcam, a reliable internet connection, pop-up blockers are disabled, and you have a quiet space where you are not interrupted during the testing process. Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.

During Your Exam

Your proctor will verify your identity, virtually inspect your physical workspace and virtual environment and will monitor you throughout the exam. At the close of the exam, the proctor will do a final security verification.

Click here to download Certification Exam Instructions.

Exam Cost

Exam type


Core Certification


Pro Badges


Appian Partners receive a 50% discount on core certifications. The discount is automatically applied when scheduling an exam.  If the discount does not appear, please verify that the practitioner's Community account is correctly associated with their partner organization. See our program FAQs for more information.  

Volume Discounts are available. Please contact for more information.

Exam Admissions

Certification candidates must create their Appian Community profile using the legal name shown on their identification. The Examity admission process requires the test-taker provide official government-issued identification that includes a photo and a name matching the registration. Failure to register under the same legal name registered to the Appian Community profile may result in inability to proceed with their exam and a forfeiture of the exam. 

If you need to make changes to your Community profile, please contact


Program FAQs

My partner discount is not appearing during registration?

If your partner discount does not appear your Community profile is not properly linked to your partner organization. You will need to update your profile to self associate with a partner organization. See How do I update my Community profile for more information. Once complete if you still do not see the correct price you can reach out to to fully configure your account.

How do I update my Community profile?

Follow the steps below to update or configure your Community profile. If you need additional assistance with your profile settings, please contact

  • 1. Go to and log in
  • 2. Navigate to your Profile in the top right corner (see "Profile Icon")
  • 3. Select Edit Community Profile (see "Edit Community Profile")
  • 4. Self-associate to your Organization by using the Primary Group Membership Field (see "Self-Associate")

When does my certification expire?

Your Appian certification will not expire so long as you meet the recertification guidelines. Learn more about maintaining your certification on the Appian Recertification Guidelines page.

What if I need to reschedule or cancel my test session?

Once your exam session is scheduled, you may cancel or reschedule it with at least 24 hours’ notice with no penalty. If you cancel or reschedule your session within 24 hours of the appointment time, you are responsible for a $25 fee payable at the time of cancellation or rescheduling.

I missed my appointment, now what?

If you do not attend your scheduled exam appointment, you are responsible for the full cost of your exam. You are free to schedule another appointment, but there will be no credit or discount applied from the previously missed session.

I passed an exam, but I do not see if on my Community profile?

It may take up to 48 hours for your certification to appear on your Community profile. If you do not see your certification on your Community profile after this period, you may not meet the prerequisites for the certification you have earned. Please verify you meet the Developer or Pro Badge prerequisites. Once all prerequisites have been met you can contact and we can issue your certification after a verification process.