Advanced SOC for Service Organizations Certificate Exam: FAQs


There are no eligibility requirements, but the competencies tested will be designed for advanced-level CPAs and non-CPAs who manage and lead SOC for Service Organizations engagements. We recommend that you complete the sample exam questions to determine what preparation you will need to successfully complete the exam.

You can earn the Advanced SOC for Service Organizations Certificate by successfully passing a competencybased advanced-level exam.

There is no formal application process for this certificate program. Interested individuals can purchase the exam online.

There are multiple ways to prepare for the exam:

  • Enroll in our SOC for Service Organizations Deep Dive course. There will also be live SOC for Service Organizations School offerings in spring and summer of 2019.
  • Answer sample exam questions.
  • Review the AICPA Competency Framework: Assurance Services to self-assess.

As part of your purchase, you will have one opportunity to retake the exam for free within 365 days of your purchase. If the retake is not completed within the 365-day time frame, you will need to purchase the exam again. Each exam purchase includes two exam attempts. Participants can purchase the exam an unlimited number of times.

If you do not pass either the initial exam or the retake, you must purchase the exam again, in order to take it again. Multiple attempts at the same retake are prohibited and may result in the removal of the exam from your account. Your AICPA Learning account will maintain accessed versions of each exam, regardless of pass/fail status. Accessing exams already taken is prohibited. Exams accessed and passed outside of these purchase and retake rules will not result in the issuing of a digital badge. If you have any questions regarding the completion of your exam or retake, please contact to verify your results.

Course Content

This intensive exam provides a way for practitioners to demonstrate their competencies surrounding SOC for Service Organizations engagements and to distinguish themselves in the marketplace.


The certificate exam is available for $239 for AICPA members and $299 for non-members.


The exam is available on-demand from time of purchase. There are no testing windows for this exam.

You have one year (365 days) from the date of purchase to complete the exam. Once begun, the exam must be completed in one sitting and you will have 3.5 hours to complete all the questions.

You have one year (365 days) from the date of purchase to complete the exam.


One retake is automatically provisioned for each exam after completion of the initial exam. If you have passed, you do not need to complete the retake, and you should not access the retake for any reason.

You will receive a “pass” or “fail” result at the end of your exam and via email. The message at the end of the exam provides feedback on the topics recommended for additional study, but the email will not. You will need to turn off pop-up blockers in order to see your exam results. If you do not see this message in your browser at the end of your exam, please contact for feedback on additional study topics.

Your certificate will be issued electronically as a digital badge. For information on how digital badges work, please see this video and our Digital Badge FAQs.

No, CPE credit is not available for taking the stand-alone exam. NASBA does not allow CPE credit to be awarded for stand-alone exams.

The AICPA has the absolute and unrestricted right to revoke or suspend any rights you have to use the Advanced SOC for Service Organizations Certificate digital badge image, or any representation thereof, if you are (a) convicted of any crime punishable by more than one year in prison or for any crime related to dishonesty; (b) disciplined by any governmental or non-governmental authority that regulates, or enforces a code of conduct related to, your professional activities, including a state board of accountancy, the AICPA, the IRS, the SEC, or the PCAOB; or (c) a peer reviewer restricted from performing peer reviews by the Peer Review Program.

Yes, sample exam questions for each certificate exam can be found on the Sample Questions page.