CME Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the CME and for whom is it written?

The Certified Medical Electrologist (CME) exam is intended for experienced electrologists who also practice laser hair removal. About 40% of this exam regards lasers and their use while 60% of this exam consists of advanced electrology questions. Those areas include dermatology, pre- and post-treatment care and patient assessments. The CME is currently the ONLY certification that demonstrates an electrologist’s knowledge of laser and light-based hair removal technologies.

2. What are the eligibility requirements of becoming CME-certified?

The International Commission for Hair Removal Certification (ICHRC), the Society for Clinical and Medical Hair Removal’s certification committee, strongly recommends that one be a practicing electrologist or have recently completed electrology training prior to taking the CME examination. It is recommended that an electrologist be in active practice for one year before sitting for the examination.

In order to sit for the CME, one must be a current Certified Clinical Electrologist (CCE). CME application may not be made without providing proof of your CCE status.

3. What should I expect from the exam?

The CME consists of 100 multiple choice questions. Content assessments for this exam is available in the exam study guide, by contacting the home office or on SCMHR’s website. Practicing electrologists, physicians, nurses and educators from the United States and Canada developed the exam questions. The ICHRC hand-picked these exam writers based on their expertise in the field.


The areas tested include knowledge and skill you develop from being in practice, as well as those learned from initial training. If you are a good practitioner and have had appropriate training, you should have no difficulty passing the examination. The examination is designed to recognize competent practitioners. An online Certification Review Seminar can be viewed by anyone who has purchased a CCE/CME Certification Preparation Study Guide. The Study Guide can be purchased on this website through SCMHR's online Store. 


4. Where and when can I take the CME exam?

This online exam must be proctored at a Prov®-approved proctoring facility. Five to seven business days after submitting your CME application to the Home Office, you will receive an email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., giving you instructions for paying your proctoring fee and setting up your test date and location.

You are eligible to sit for the CME exam after you receive a passing grade on the Certified Clinical Electrologist (CCE) examination.


5. After I take the exam, how will I know the results?

Exam scores are calculated and given moments after the exam is completed. CME certificates will be mailed in one to two weeks.


6. Does my certification expire?

Certification expires five years after the date of the original certification. You must be recertified every five years by either retaking the examination or by accumulating and registering 7.5 (75 hours) of CEUs.

7. What does CEU stand for?

CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit. One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Up to 2.4 CEUs (24 hours) may be home studies. CEU certificates should be mailed, faxed or emailed to the home office within six months of completion. CEUs will NOT be granted without the proper documentation.

8. What is the purpose of the recertification requirements?

The ICHRC enforces these requirements to ensure that each certified person obtains current information in professional development, explores new knowledge in specific content areas, masters new skills and techniques and conducts his or her professional practice in a safe and ethical manner.

9. How can I be recertified?

You must either meet the CEU requirements or pass the current applicable examination. You must submit application for recertification (along with payment) at least 2 weeks before your certification expires.