Preparing for the Certification Exam

About the Certification Exam

The PSAP certification exam consist of 100 multiple-choice questions and is a remote online-proctored exam via ProctorU. Each question has four possible options with only one correct answer. The maximum allotted time to complete the examination is 3.5 hours.

Candidates preparing for the certification exam should review the PSAP Practice Analysis and Test Specifications. This document represents a delineation of common or typical tasks performed and knowledge applied by Pump Systems Assessment Professionals. The PSAP exam covers three (3) major content domain areas: Information/Data Gathering, Data Analysis, Post-Assessment. The percentage listed to the left of each domain area represents the percentage of the exam that covers topics from that domain area.

HI also provides sample questions in quiz format for demonstrative purposes.


The Hydraulic Institute recommends the following textbooks for preparation for the PSAP examination:

Educational Providers*

The Hydraulic Institute (HI) recognizes Pump Systems Matter (PSM), a 501(c)3 subsidiary of HI, as a provider of quality education products for professionals in the pump industry. PSM offers related webinars and instructor-led courses. Although PSM coursework is not required to achieve certification, it is an opportunity to review and/or reinforce a candidates’ understanding of the PSAP Practice Analysis and Test Specifications.

PSM Courses and Webinars*

*DISCLAIMER: HI provides information on organizations that offer education relating to pump system assessments, but provides this information only as a resource. The information is not intended as a specific endorsement of any particular educational product or provider. Pump Systems Matter and their associated staffs are not involved in the development of test questions for the PSAP certification examination, nor is the Hydraulic Institute or its staff involved in the development of Pump Systems Matter preparatory courses or products of PSM or any other educational provider. HI and its staff is solely responsible for the administration of and policies relating to the PSAP certification programs. Applicants and candidates pursuing PSAP certification should perform his/her own research and should exercise discretion when selecting education. Ensure that when selecting coursework/education that the course addresses a specific personal professional development need and is aligned with the current PSAP Practice Analysis and Test Specifications.


HI offers remote online-proctored exams via ProctorU as a safe, secure, and easy way to take the PSAP Certification Exam. ProctorU is a live online proctoring service that allows you to take your exam from the comfort of your office or home.