Smaart Operator Certification Program

The Smaart Operator Certification Program allows users to demonstrate their proficiency in the operation of the Smaart software platform.  The program currently consists of the Smaart Operator Level 1 Certification Exam and the Smaart Operator Network.  Additional levels of certification will be added as more advanced Smaart training programs and tests are developed.


The purpose of Level 1 Smaart Operator Certification is to provide confirmation of the successful completion of Smaart training, as presented in the in-person or online Smaart Operator Fundamentals class.  It is a certification that the student: 

  • understands the basic operational paradigms embodied in Smaart software 
  • understands the fundamental measurement concepts involved.  
  • can set-up and run a Smaart system
  • make basic measurements
  • read the information presented in the data

It does NOT certify any level of sound system engineering capabilities or the ability to interpret Smaart data to make useful system alignment decisions. (To use a medical analogy… Level 1 certification means that a user knows how to run a CAT scan machine, not that they can accurately interpret the results to make a medical diagnosis).

How do I  become Level 1 certified?
Smaart Operator Level 1 Certification is granted upon successful completion of the Smaart Operator Fundamentals Level 1 Exam. The Level 1 exam is open to all Smaart users, however the exam is specific to the terminology, workflow and interface of Smaart v8, and uses Smaart v8 screenshots in many of the questions.  Users who have only worked with versions of Smaart prior to v8, or with Smaart Di, will want to attend an in-person Smaart training class, or review the online Smaart Operator Fundamentals webinars and v8 Operational Videos prior to attempting the exam.

How much does it cost to get Level 1 certified?
For anyone who has taken an official Smaart Training Class since the launch of Smaart v8 in April 2016 (either with Rational Acoustics directly or from any Authorized Smaart Instructor) the first attempt at taking the exam is free.  If you do not pass the exam on the first try, you can re-take the exam at a cost of $24.99 per attempt. Most class attendees will have received an email with a free test access code.  If you have not received a test access code, please contact your class organizer:

  • For classes taught within the USA by Rational Acoustics – email moc.scitsuocalanoitar@noitacifitrec
  • For classes taught outside of the USA – email your class organizer/instructor directly

If you took a Smaart training class prior to the release of Smaart v8, or if you have never taken an in-person Smaart Training class, the cost to take the Level 1 exam is $24.99 per attempt.

Is the Level 1 Exam only in English?
The Level 1 exam is currently available in English and Spanish. Other languages will be added as translations are completed.  We do not have definitive list of languages that will be available, nor dates for the addition of more languages.  Test takers can choose the language in which to take their exam once they have registered at the online test site (see below).

What happens if I pass the Level 1 exam?
If you pass the Level 1 exam, you will receive a lovely Level 1 certificate to show off to your friends and neighbors, and you will become eligible to take future Level 2 / Advanced Smaart Training Classes for which a Level 1 certification is required.  You will also be invited to add your name to the Smaart Operator Network (see details below).

What happens if I fail the Level 1 exam?
If you do not pass the Level 1 exam, you can re-take the exam as many times as you wish.  Each additional attempt at taking the exam is $24.99

Where do I take the Level 1 Exam?
To access the Level 1 Exam, click on the button below. You will be redirected to the online test site where you will need to register and create a user account to proceed with the exam.

Here is a short video outlining the test site registration & navigation procedures


Anyone who passes the Smaart Operator Level 1 Certification Exam will be invited to add their name to the Smaart Operator Network, a searchable online listing of Certified Smaart Operators worldwide. 

Certified Smaart Operators can list their name & contact information as well as a brief summary of their skills and qualifications.  Listings are self-managed so if you choose to participate, you can include as much or as little information as you wish.  Rational Acoustics will never post your name or contact information without your permission.

NOTE:  The Smaart Operator Network is for informational purposes only.  Inclusion in the Smaart Operator Network does not constitute an endorsement by Rational Acoustics, or any of its affiliates, of a participant’s skills as a sound engineer/audio professional or their suitability for a particular job or purpose.

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