Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the entire smicha program is online, including tests. The tests are written and completed online.

Rabbi Chaim Finkelstein, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshiva LeRabbonus Of Pretoria, South Africa, administers the tests and gives the smicha. In the event that Rabbi Finkelstein is unable to administer a test or the like, Machon Smicha will arrange tests and smicha with a different prominent rabbi.

Yes, and you will receive recognition for the tests you completed.

There will be worksheets and mock tests to complete throughout that will serve as a chazarah. In the event that the Maggid Shiur feels that an individual is not ready to take a test, Machon Smicha reserves the right to deny that individual the test.
You will get a calendar with tests dates on it. If you are not ready at that time, you can join another test which will be scheduled for you. However, there may be an additional charge of $50 for late-test-taking.

All the courses in Machon Smicha are officially $300 a month. As such, our refund policy is that if you withdraw from the program, we refund you all the money you paid, excluding the months you spent enrolled in any given course, at a rate of $300 a month.

Generally a few months. Up to a year is totally standard.

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