Certified Exhaust Cleaning Technician (CECT)

The Certified Exhaust Cleaning Technician (CECT) is the start of your crew members’ career in being certified in the kitchen exhaust cleaning industry, designed for crew members operating under the supervision of a Certified Exhaust Cleaning Specialist (CECS). At a cost less than the CECS, the CECT is useful for those kitchen exhaust cleaners who operate in jurisdictions requiring a baseline certification. Make it a goal to have each crew member on your truck certified, starting with the CECT.

An individual who passes the CECT exam shall be certified as a “Certified Exhaust Cleaning Technician (CECT).” Certification is for the individual only. IKECA’s program for Certified Exhaust Cleaning Technicians is not designed to provide company certification.

Description of the Examination

  • Multiple choice, written exam, closed book
  • 100 questions in length
  • Three (3) hours to complete the exam
  • At the testing location, you will receive an exam booklet with a separate sheet on which to record your answers by filling in a small circle with a pencil
  • Applicant must sign Exam Affidavit Form and agree to Exam Code of Conduct

Exam Content

Exam Preparation

The following codes and standards are on the CECT examination.  IKECA recommends you study each:

The CECT Examination Quizlet is an excellent study tool that will help you grasp key terms and definitions in preparation for the CECT examination. Quizlet is free and offers a variety of interactive study methods including flashcards, multiple choice tests, listen and type questions and even games! The quiz tool also keeps record of terms that are missed to help you strengthen your knowledge base.

You can also find more ways to prepare for the examination in the CECT Handbook.

Exam Scoring and the Pass-Fail Score

Candidates will receive their grade by mail 10-15 business days after the examination has been returned to the IKECA office. Grades can only be disclosed to or discussed with the candidate.

The pass-fail score for the CECT exam is 70%. In other words, you must answer a minimum of 70 out of 100 questions correctly in order to pass the exam. A candidate’s score is based on the number of correct responses. Each question receives credit if answered correctly and no credit if incorrect or omitted. Therefore, you should answer each question, even if you must guess. If a candidate marks more than one response for a question, that question will be marked incorrect.

If a Candidate fails an IKECA exam on their first attempt, the individual may make a maximum of two additional attempts. A waiting period of sixty (60) days applies between each attempt, based on the date of the prior attempt. All attempts must be completed within one (1) year from the original exam date. The fee for each retake exam is $100.00 in addition to any required processing/shipping fees.

Score Report
Within approximately two to three weeks of taking your test, you will receive a letter that will indicate whether you passed or failed the exam. If you passed, your letter will be followed by a certificate from IKECA and an ID card.

In accordance with IKECA’s privacy policy and in observance of best practices relating to certification, IKECA will mail original Certification Certificates and ID cards to the attention of the Certificate Holder at their address of record. It is the sole responsibility of the Certificate Holder to provide proof of their credential to their employer of record as necessary. This applies to certificates and ID cards initially issued upon successful completion of the certification exam and those issued upon subsequent certification renewals. For this reason, it is imperative that the Certificate Holder informs IKECA of any change of Employer, address and/or contact information as soon as possible. In the event that the candidate requires a duplicate certificate or ID card to be sent directly to their employer of record, the candidate must complete and submit, with applicable additional payment, a Certificate and/or ID Card Replacement Request form with their initial exam application or renewal requirements.

Length of Certification and Renewal
The renewal date of your certification is based on when the exam was taken. Please see the renewal page for more details.