Certificate in Online Business™ (COB)

About the Exam

The Certificate in Online Business (COB) and the COB Certified series of qualifications are recognised by leading organisations around the globe as the industry standard for management qualifications in e-commerce, online business and digital marketing.


We have a dedicated team responsible for both course and exam development, standards and marking of the three Certificate in Online Business™ qualifications:-

Exam Format

The format for the exams consists of two practical written papers unique to each program track:-

  • 1hr 30 minutes hand-written question and answers - Part A
  • 1hr 30 minutes case study - Part B
  • Additionional 1-hr 30 minutes special paper - For delegates taking a dual examination only

A High but Achievable Standard

  • The pass mark is 70%
  • Support if English is not your first language

International Students

The Exam Day - Classroom Courses

The below is the schedule for a classroom course exam day:-

  • 09:00 Welcome and refreshments
  • 09:30 Essential exam practice exercise with trainer review - Part B
  • 11:30 - 1pm Exam Part A
  • 1-1:45 Lunch (is provided)
  • 2-3:30pm - Exam Part B

For those attending booking an exam retake or taking an exam further to a self-study or e-learning course, refer to your local authorised testing centre for timings

Exam Results

The exam results are normally emailed to you within two weeks, and a certificate posted to you registered delivery within 4-6 weeks.   If you do not pass your exam the first time, you can retake your exam.  

Self-Study Courses and Exam Retakes Classsroom Courses

If delegates do not pass their exam the first time, they can book an exam retake. Please note that exam retake fees are not included with course packages. Exams can be booked at authorised testing centres around the globe

Authorised Testing Centres

Delegates taking exams