In my opinion, the testing process at the Tarot Certification Board of America ( TCBA ) for certification is unreasonable and does not represent a typical testing situation in America. Most professional certification testing may be done over
a day or, at the most, five days time. For example, the bar exam for an attorney takes several hours to complete. The TCBA appears to be in the business of selling numerous numbers of separate exams, for a total cost of over $500 in examination fees.
I learned about the TCBA through a tarot reader at an online website who advertised her board position at the TCBA as part of her professional profile whilst, at the same time, competing with other tarot readers for business. When I mentioned her name during the application process, she removed herself from the testing situation so as to avoid any conflicts of interest. I was not sure what she meant, but after the fact, it became my opinion that perhaps she was not supportive of any of her competitors becoming licensed through the board, which would actually be a conflict of interest with TCBAs mission.
The testing process itself seemed very arbitrary. For the first test, I was told there are no right or wrong answers and was asked to come up with keywords to identify each of the 78 tarot cards, which I was able to do very quickly. After I submitted the keywords, the tester told me I had some of the answers wrong and I had to redo some of them. This is where I felt that the testing process did not reflect a typical testing situation in America. For one thing, a test does not allow a person to change their answers in the middle of the testing process. For another, no test requires 100% accuracy.
The number of answers I had right was more than 80%, which would have been a passing score in any other American testing situation, at least any in my experience. And, to top it off, the wrong answers were so arbitrary that they included my use of the term trophy wife to describe the Queen of Coins ( a description I continue to feel is appropriate, although somewhat humerous )
This process of emailing wrong and corrected answers back and forth took more than a days time and, at one point, I sent several emails to the TCBA explaining that I didnt have time to send the answers right away and to please be patient until I could return. The tester became emotional and refused to complete the testing, saying that I didnt take the tarot seriously, she refused to ever let me come back to test again and, not only that, she had also talked to everyone on the board and everyone on the board all agreed with her opinion again, after I had gotten at least 80% accepted answers.
After this happened, the tarot reader at an online website who advertised her board position at the TCBA as part of her professional profile stopped speaking to me at the website where we worked together. I went to a different tarot certification organization and successfully completed their testing within a day. After I posted my new credentials to my working profile, I received a message from an employee at the website where we worked that someone made a complaint about my profile. This situation had seriously repercussions at my place of work, and in my opinion, it cost me income.
In my opinion, the TCBA is a scam. My recommendation? Dont waste your time and dont waste your money.