CMAR Eligibility Requirements

Animal Resource Exam Costs

Application fee $50 (non-refundable)
Exam  Fee $100
Total $150
Additional Processing fee for non AALAS or LAMA members $150


Candidates may apply under one of the following criteria:

Total Lab Animal
Work Experience
Total Lab Animal Managerial
BA/BS 5 years 3 years
AA/AS 8 years 3 years
HS/GED 10 years 3 years


Candidates meeting these requirements who pass the Animal Resources Exam and the CM exams will achieve the status of a Certified Manager of Animal Resources and will be able to use the CMAR acronym after their names.

CMAR Application

CMAR Handbook


CMAR Maintenance Form for 15-Month Program Deadline

All CMAR candidates must pass the Animal Resources exam and apply to ICPM within 15 months of submitting the application to AALAS. Within the 15-month period, candidates may retake the AR Exam as often as can be arranged and will not lose their eligibility if they fail to pass the AR exam. To retake an exam, candidates must submit the full exam fee payment.

Candidates who have not successfully passed the AR exam and applied to ICPM within the 15-month period must submit a maintenance form and pay a maintenance fee ($50) to extend their deadline by another 15 months.

Candidates who fail to meet the deadline and who do not submit an eligibility maintenance form and fee are dropped from the CMAR Program and may reapply at a later date. All candidates dropped from the program who have passed the Animal Resources Exam lose their exam score and must retake the Animal Resources Exam at the full application and exam fees at the time of reapplication to the CMAR program.

CMAR Maintenance Form