|(a) Examination eligibility. Holders of temporary permits are allowed to take the examination provided the holder complies with the requirements of the Act and these sections. Persons who are certified or registered in respiratory care by the NBRC at the time of application to the department are not required to be reexamined for state certification. (b) Approved examination. The approved examination for all applicants consists of an entry level certified respiratory therapist (CRT) examination administered for the National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. (NBRC) or its designee, or the advisory committee may recommend an equivalent examination. (c) Standards of acceptable performance. The cut-score determined by the NBRC at the time of examination or reexamination shall be the cut-score utilized by the department to determine pass or fail performance. (d) Completion of application forms. Each applicant shall be responsible for completing and submitting appropriate application forms and paying appropriate fees by the deadlines set by the NBRC, if an NBRC examination is required. (e) Results. (1) Results of an examination prescribed by the department but administered under the auspices of another agency will be communicated to the applicant by the department, unless the contract between the department and that agency provides otherwise. (2) The applicant or temporary permit holder is responsible for arranging to have examination scores forwarded to the department. If the score report does not come directly from the NBRC in writing, the results shall be in the form of a copy of the original of either: (A) a letter, or other official notification, from the examining agency to the examinee; or (B) the CRT certificate issued by the NBRC. (3) If the examination is graded by a national or state testing service, or by the NBRC or its designee, the department shall notify each examinee of the examination results within 14 days of the date the department receives the results. (4) If the examination is graded by the department or its designee, the department shall notify each examinee of the results of the examination within 60 days of the date of the exam. If the results will be delayed for more than 60 days after the examination, the department shall notify each applicant of the reason for the delay. (5) If the department is required to provide official notice of examination results to the applicant, no matter what numerical or other scoring system is used in arriving at examination results, the results shall be stated in terms of pass or fail. (f) Refunds. Examination fee refunds to persons who fail to appear for the examination will be in accordance with policies and procedures of the NBRC, or other agency approved by the department to administer an examination prescribed in this section.