Know how to build a professional plan. See how it all fits together. Become a SOSTAC® Associate. Take the 60 minute SOSTAC® online test after you have read the manual or attended a workshop or read either of the books. Get an instant result, instant feedback and an instant certificate.


None - open to anyone (e.g. young/junior-level executives) but must be over the age of 18.


  • Learn how to build a professional plan
  • See how it all fits together
  • Get an Associate Certificate
  • Become a SOSTAC® Associate


Once you register you can

  • Download your SOSTAC® Planning Manual (a non-transferable document). This is your guide. Estimated study time is approximately 24 hours.
  • Access SOSTAC® Success Stories (how senior managers have applied SOSTAC® to their business)
  • Get PR Smith Blog Feed all in one place and enjoy cutting edge posts from Gamification, to Virtual Reality to the Internet of Things).
  • Qualified SOSTAC® Associates get access to the network of SOSTAC® Certified Associates


1 hour, open book, online, MCQ test (60% score required to pass and become an associate). Take the 60 minute SOSTAC® online test after you have read the manual or attended a workshop or read either of the books. Get an

  • instant result
  • instant feedback
  • instant certificate


Registration Fee: £100 (includes one free re-sit of the test if required). For UK residents, the standard 20% VAT applies.

Next step:

After passing exam, associate can Register now to take SOSTAC® Certified Planner test

[When you progress to The SOSTAC ® Certified Planner , please note the SOSTAC® Certified Planner is accredited by the CPD Standards Office UK]

FAQs: SOSTAC® Associate Registration

  • 1

    How can I become a SOSTAC® associate?

    a) Complete the SOSTAC® Associate application form.

    b) You will then receive an email confirmation with your SOSTAC® account password, acknowledging your application and requesting you to sign in to make the payment of GBP £100 using either Pay Pal or a direct transfer to the SOSTAC® bank account.

    c) Once the payment has been received, you get an email confirmation with a link to download your SOSTAC® manual.

    d) You will later be notified via an email once the online test is active, so that you can take the online test and, if successful, receive your SOSTAC® Associate Award.

    e) Complete the online test, attain a minimum score of 60% and receive, immediately, your SOSTAC® Associate Award. We will also send you a separate copy in the post.

  • 2

    How many attempts can I take?

    If you do not attain the 60% mark required in the online test, you are allowed one resit within 48 hours. Any further attempts after this will require separate registration and payment. So if you fail the first test, you can retake the test within 48 hours.

  • 3

    How long do I get to study the manual before taking the test?

    Do not worry, the test is run 4 times a year. Approximately every quarter. You can select which test period you would like.

    We do recommend you allow for 20 hours of study, so we recommend you allow 5- 6 weeks if you can manage to study for 4 hours per week. You must take the online test in the period you have registered for. After this period your application expires. You can, of course register again and pay the fee again. So it is best to ensure that you can find the time to study the manual before taking the test.

  • 4

    Can I change the date of the test?

    Tests are conducted over a 3-day period every quarter. When you register you are given the 3-day period in the next quarter - i.e. when you can take the test. It is not possible to change the test period ie you must take the test in the test period allocate to you. If you fail the test, you have 48 hours to take a free re-sit. If you fail or miss this second opportunity to take the re-sit, you must register and pay again.

    If you fail to take the test on any of those days, it will be considered as non-attendance and your application will expire. You will have to reapply by paying registering and paying the fees again.

  • 5

    How many hours is the test?

    The test is ONE (1) hour in duration.
    You must have a stable internet connection to take any SOSTAC® tests.
    You cannot pause/stop the timer.
    If your browser displays a 'back' button DO NOT EVER click the 'back button as this will terminate your test. Do not close your browser once you have started the online test (as this will end the test).

    Any of these actions will automatically end your test session and you will be marked only from the questions you have answered. e.g. if you closed the browser after completing 10 questions (from the 30 questions) you would be marked out of a total/maximum of 33.3% . Therefore, even if you answer each of the 10 questions correctly, you would still fail (as you would have a maximum score of 33%).

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    Do I get to re sit in case I do not secure the minimum mark?

    You get ONE (1) free re sit within 48 hours of the first sitting. There will be no further free re sits.

  • 8

    How would being a SOSTAC® Associate benefit me?

    As a young executive it improves your profile to be a SOSTAC® Associate having passed the test of one of the world's top planning models. It helps you to stand out from the crowd. It also links you with other associates both local and international. Being able to use the title “SOSTAC® Associate” helps you to be recognized by your peers and seniors as someone who has a good basic understanding of planning.

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    Can I skip the SOSTAC® Associate test and take the next level up, the SOSTAC® Certified Planner?

    Yes you can skip this level if if you have 5 or more years work experience.

  • 11

    How long is the certificate valid?

    Indefinitely, just like many other qualifications. Once you have it, you have got it.

  • 12

    How can I use the title?

    You can use the associate title against your name. Example Joe Bloggs, SOSTAC® Associate on your CV and on Linkedin. You can also frame your certificate or post it online e.g. on your linkedin page.

    [When you progress to The SOSTAC® Certified Planner , please note the SOSTAC® Certified Planner is accredited by the CPD Standards Office UK]

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