Frequently Asked Questions

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Certification Course

How much does the Certification Course cost?

The Certification course is $499.00, which includes two Golden Assessments, all the support materials needed, the certification exam, and your Zone B membership (once you have completed the course).

How long does it take to complete the Online Certification Training Course?

The length of the course is unique to each student, but on average, it should take between 6 and 8 hours to work through the 8 Learning Modules. Outside of the course itself, there is additional recommended reading that you may want to engage in if your interests lead you there. There is also time required to take the Golden assessment yourself and to give it to one other person.

I am already qualified to purchase the Golden; do I need the certification course?

No, you don't need to complete the full certification course. The best way to make sure you don't need it is to register for an account. If your education and qualifications meet their standards, then Zone B is the right choice for you. If at any time you desire to expand or refresh your knowledge, the complete set of the eight learning modules is available in Zone B for your independent study. Some clients elect to take the Certification Course anyway. Some do it for the structured learning built into the process, others want the certificate for continuing education credit.

I am already qualified by my education and professional experience, is there any reason I should take the Certification Course instead of purchasing Zone B?

While you may not need the certification course to meet purchasing standards, you may elect to take the Certification Course anyway. Maybe you prefer the structured learning built into the process, or want the certificate for continuing education credit. Being qualified to administer the Golden does not guarantee that you will be effective at interpreting the result. The eight learning modules are tailored to the Golden, so taking the Certification Course is the best way to ensure your successful use of the Golden with your clients.

If I am an international professional, can I complete the Certification Course and be qualified to purchase the Golden in my home country?

Anyone can purchase the Golden online Certification Program, however if you are planning on administering the Golden in an international market location served by one of Pearson TalentLens international affiliates, you should communicate with them and have them confirm in writing that the course offered by Golden will satisfy their purchasing standards. You can connect to your country office through the main hub on

Where do the administration standards come from?

These administration levels are described within the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing published by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME). A central principle of professional test use is that administrators should use only those tests for which they have the appropriate training and expertise.

Is there a time limit required to complete the course?

There is no time limit for completing the course. Your account will be active until you finish. That factor is totally up to you!

Certification Exam

What's required to pass the certification exam?

If you pay close attention to the content of the eight learning modules you will be able to understand and pass the multiple choice exam at the end of the course. It is not overly complex or difficult to pass, but it does use the terminology and context from the course. Individual learning modules are always available to you during the course and again before you take the exam. Don't over study, just enjoy the process of learning!

How do I get a certificate when I complete the certification exam?

Upon successful completion of the online certification exam, you will have the opportunity to print your certificate from your Zone B account.

Pearson Talent Assessment

What is the relationship between Golden LLC and Pearson?

Golden LLC is the developer of the assessment and entered into a long term agreement with Pearson Talent Assessment to administer and promote the Golden. Golden is the sole provider of certification training in North America and licenses the right to Pearson international affiliates in designated markets around the world to conduct certification training. Golden also develops new materials for the Golden marketplace. The Golden Personality Type Profiler is one of four cornerstone assessments on the global platform for Pearson. Pearson is responsible for developing and maintaining their online assessment platform called GoldenLLC also adminisiters the newest version of the Golden on its own online assessment platform at

How does Pearson Talent Assessment know that I successfully completed the certification course?

Upon completion of the online exam you would be certified to purchase the Golden assessment through Pearson Talent Assessment's online administration site. A TalentLens representative is notified automatically via email. If you have an account already set up, that account is updated to confirm your new qualification level.

What platform do I use to administer the Golden when I am ready to start using the Golden with my clients?

The Golden Personality Type Profiler is administered at the Pearson website. Pearson is responsible for developing and maintaining the online assessment platform, and administration credits for the Golden are purchased from within your Pearson account.

About Zone B

What is Zone B?

Zone B - The Golden Global Network - serves two purposes. The first is to provide those professionals who are already qualified to purchase the Golden at Pearson TalentLens with access to the eight Learning Modules, not for certification purposes, but for refresher and continuing professional improvement.
The second purpose of the Golden is to create an online social network of professionals who use the Golden around the world. Through the Golden Global Network, we can share ideas, research, resources, and continue our own learning in a fun and exciting way.

Why is it called Zone B?

Zone B is named after the qualification level designations set by The American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) and the Ethical Principles of Psychologists). These associations assign one of three qualification levels (A, B, or C) to all assessments published. Levels include A, B or C based on your educational and professional credentials. By completing the Certification Course you will be confirmed as a Level B administrator. Zone B is a play on that idea. You are now a member of Zone B and the Golden Global Network of qualified professionals who use the Golden around the globe.

What is the difference in the learning modules between Zone B and the Certification Course?

The modules are exactly the same. If you only purchase Zone B, you don't get the two Golden Assessments and you don't have to complete the certification exam.


Do you offer Continuing Education Credits?

Unfortunately Golden LLC does not offer CEUs at this time. Check with your accrediting body to see if you can submit the course on your own. Let us know if we can help you in any way.

How do I access my two Goldens?

You will be instructed to take your Golden in Module 1 and how to administer the second Golden in Module 7. The instructions and the url addresses are the same in both cases.

I have taken the Golden before, can I use my Golden assessments for another person?

If you have recently completed the Golden prior to purchasing the certification exam then you can give your Golden to another friend, family member, colleague or client. Then you can have two practice exams to interpret. We recommend that you wait to administer both until Module 7. You should have a copy of your Golden to refer to throughout the course.

How do I get my Golden report?

The reports are sent to you manually, so don't forget to notify us via email that you have completed it. We won't know the name associated with your second administration unless you tell us! Those instructions are made clear in the learning modules.

After I am certified, how much do the Golden assessments cost?

The cost on the Pearson assessment platform ranges from $21 to $27 depending on how many administrations are ordered at a time. Assessments & Platform

What is the difference between the Golden Personality Profiler on and the Golden Personality Type Profiler?

The Golden Personality Profiler is the newest version of the Golden and is available only on's online assessment platform. The newest version of the Golden assessment has a completely new report that includes an advanced Type scoring method, and a new Tense Calm Scale called Unsettled vs Resilient. The report also contain a temperament profile, career and educational major suggestions, stress profile and management suggestions, and Cardinal & Central Traits, and Coaching Tips content. The new name reflects a return to the original name of the assessment Personality Profiler and the addition of the Golden brand...Golden Personality Profiler.

What is the cost of the Golden Personality Profiler on's administration platform?

The cost on the's assessment platform ranges from $17 to $26 depending on how many administrations are ordered at a time

Why are there so many different names for the Golden assessment

A good question! The shakespearian quote..."a rose by any other name is still a rose" works for the Golden Personality Profiler. The first name given to the assessment in 1994 was The Personality Type Profiler. In 2002 a license was signed with Hogrefe to publish the assessment in Germany which they called the Golden Profiler of Personality (GPOP). Naming conventions dictated that the authors's first name be used and Hogrefe was the first to follow that tradition. When ECPA licensed the product for the French market they called it the Golden Inventory of Psychogical Development. In 2004, Harcourt purchased ECPA and licensed the assessment, They named it the the Golden Personality Type Profiler. That same year, 2004, The College Board acquired MyRoad an online career and education planning website which incorporated the Golden assessment. They did not want to use the name selected by Harcourt, so they adopted the name as the ORA Personality Profiler. Harcourt was itself purchased by Pearson which assumed the license from Golden LLC. ORA was the name of the business founded by The Rev. Dr. Edward S. Golden, which originally owned and development of the assessment. Golden LLC was formed in 2004 when ORA, Inc. was dissolved and GoldenLLC was formed in Florida. The objection to the use of the word "'type" in the title stems from the growing understanding that the Golden is not just a Jungian type test. The Five Factor model, Hippocrates Temperament Theory,Allport's Trait Theory and Selye's Stress Theory are just as central to the success of the assessment, and need to be recognized as such.

In 2016, Golden LLC decided to end the branding/naming nonsense and launch the Golden Personality Profiler. The Golden Personality Profiler signifies a return to the Golden name and the affirmation that it is more than a a simple "type" test. Pearson Talent Assessment is not legally obligated to change the name, but we hope that they will adopt the Golden Personality Profiler brand soon. The Golden is the short term handle for the assessment and that seem's just right!