Policy 30: Continuing Professional Development

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(Revised November 2010)

  1. Recertification through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is required to continue each and every certification in Active Status beyond the expiration date of the certification.
     
  2. The certification period is three years (36 months).
    1. Certificants with multiple certificates will have the same expiration date for all certificates.
       
    2. When a certification is upgraded to a higher level, the certification period associated with the lower level certification is continued without change.
  3. Each certification loses its Active Status on the first day of the expiration month printed on the certificate.
     
  4. Recertification is achieved by accumulating a prescribed number of continuing professional development points (see Exhibit I) within the certification period through professional development activities directly related to the following:
    1. Being an active practitioner in the certification practice area.
    2. Acquiring additional education pertinent to the certification practice area.
    3. Participating in activities which advance or broaden the body of knowledge for the certification practice area.
    4. Actively seeking to upgrade certification(s) held and/or actively seeking initial or upgrade certification in related practice areas.
    5. Successfully completing a special (certification maintenance) written examination.
  5. Activities undertaken to acquire CPD points for a particular certification may be used (in whole or part) to acquire CPD points for other certifications if the activities are nationally recognized as common to the certification practice areas in question.
     
  6. Recertification requires certificants to submit a completed recertification application form, listing all earned CPD credits, and the appropriate recertification processing fee payment to NICET prior to the certification expiration date. Any of these required materials postmarked/shipped after the certification expiration date will be considered by NICET as "late", and affected certifications will be subject to established reactivation/reinstatement procedures.
     
  7. Information provided on recertification application forms will be processed as follows:
    1. Information provided will be reviewed for understandability, applicability, and comprehensiveness. Clarifications may be requested.
    2. Several "on-time" recertification applications will be selected for audit and those certificants will be required to substantiate the claims made on their application forms by way of reproductions of supporting documentation and/or written statements from reputable persons verifying particular activities.
      1. certificants selected for an audit shall be identified by a random sampling plan.
      2. certificants selected for audit will be notified within 30 days of the receipt date of their recertification application at NICET.
      3. audits shall be completed within 45 days of the receipt date of candidates' supporting documentation. If any additional documentation or clarification is required, the candidate will be so notified at that time and will be given a maximum response deadline to maintain any/all certifications in an Active Status.
  8. The fee for recertification must be paid in advance.
    1. The recertification fee is not refundable in whole or in part if recertification is denied.
    2. Certificants with more than one active certification shall pay the base recertification fee and an incremental fee for each certification for which application for recertification has been made.
  9. CPD activities must be accomplished before the certification expires.
    1. The only exceptions allowed for a certificant are:
      1. additional time to acquire CPD points because certificant had to allocate substantial time to a critical need such as military duty, jury duty, or convalescence that arose with essentially no warning and prevented accumulation of the necessary CPD points.
        1. a time extension may be requested at anytime during the certification period and can be held for a maximum of 36 consecutive months, thus interrupting the three-year certification period and moving the expiration date of all certificates held to a later date.
        2. a time extension cannot be requested until after the period of inactivity in the certification practice area(s) equates to what would have been 500 hours of normal employment for the certificant's peers.
        3. a time extension must be requested in writing within 12 months of the start of the period of inactivity in the certification area(s).
        4. certification(s) will automatically expire at the end of the 36-month extension period unless returned to Active Status or placed in Inactive Status.
        5. certification(s) that expire can be regained only by satisfying the criteria specified in Items 12 or 13 below.
        6. return to Active Status must be accomplished within 12 months of the end of the period of inactivity and requires payment of a reactivation fee.
        7. Inactive Status may be requested at any time in accordance with Item 14 below.
      2. additional time to complete an educational activity that commenced prior to the expiration of the certification(s).
  10. Candidates who successfully complete the recertification requirements will be issued a certificate and approval letter/wallet card showing the new certification expiration date.
     
  11. Failure to accumulate the required CPD points before the end of the certification period will cause the certification to expire and the certificant's listing of that certification in the directory will be deleted.
     
  12. Reactivation of an expired certification to Active Status during the three years immediately after the expiration date requires the certificant to:
    1. Acquire and provide documentation to support the 90 CPD points required for the certification period that ended with the certification being placed in Expired Status.
    2. If a candidate can not document all 90 CPD points from the three-year period which ended with the certification being placed in Expired Status, the candidate will be allowed to sit for the special (certification maintenance) written examination to accumulate an additional 60 CPD points for the certification period.
    3. Pay the recertification fee and the reactivation fee.
  13. Reinstatement of an expired certification to Active Status more than three years after the expiration date requires the certificant to:

    Note: Successful reinstatement of an expired certification to Active Status places the certification into the 3-year time period that would have gone into effect if the certification had not expired. If a 3-year time period was not originally assigned, a new 3-year time period will be established based on the date of application for reinstatement. For example, if the original certification was assigned a 3-year time period and expired on 7/1/1999 — the reinstated certification will expire on 7/1/2002. If the original certification was assigned a 1-year time period expiring on 12/31/1993 and the application for reinstatement was received on 8/25/2003 — the reinstated certification will expire on 9/1/2006.

    Special Note: Those certificants currently in Expired Status who qualify for Inactive Status under the new eligibility requirements/conditions may elect to be placed in Inactive Status upon payment of all past-due renewal and/or recertification fees and the appropriate reinstatement fee, plus submission of appropriate documentation of previous NICET testing and/or certification (requirements 13A and 13E).

    Special Note: Any candidate who has begun retesting and/or become re-certified in accordance with NICET Policy 4 (and wishes to appeal for consideration under this revision to Policy 30) will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis against these new conditions, and given credit for all fees paid and/or testing completed.

    1. Submit original documentation of ICET/NICET testing and/or certification to NICET for validation. (Documentation of former test results is required to reinstate certificants' testing records, thus allowing certificants to attain higher level(s) of certification without complete retesting. Documentation of former certification will likely be required to reinstate certification at the former level. Testing records will not be reinstated without proof of former certification.)
    2. Submit a complete work history write-up describing all positions, duties and responsibilities held throughout their career. Details must be provided for each specialty area being reinstated, with an appropriate time allocation break-out for all specialty areas.
    3. Successfully complete a special (certification maintenance) written examination for the highest level of certification attained (not the highest level previously passed).
    4. Acquire and provide documentation to support 90 CPD points for the most recent, past three years. (CPD points from the required special certification maintenance written examination cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.)
    5. If a candidate can not document all 90 CPD points from the most recent, past three-year period, the candidate will be allowed to sit for a second special (certification maintenance) written examination to accumulate an additional 60 CPD points
    6. Pay an appropriate recertification processing fee(s), an experience re-evaluation fee, a special (certification maintenance) written examination fee, and a reinstatement fee.
  14. Inactive Status may be requested by certificants with Active Status certification(s) at the end of the certification period if a certificant voluntarily/involuntarily becomes totally inactive in their certification practice area(s) and has not earned enough points through any/all CPD activities to maintain their certification(s) in Active Status.

    Note: Certificants who are still working in their certification practice area(s) but have not earned enough CPD points to qualify for recertification are not eligible for Inactive Status.
    1. Inactive Status may be requested for one or more certifications held.
    2. Inactive Status cannot be requested until the period of inactivity in the certification practice area(s) exceeds 24 months.
      Note: Successful completion of a special (certification maintenance) written examination may be used to compensate for inactive periods of less than 24 months.
    3. Written documentation of unemployment, reassignment to work activities outside their certification practice area(s), long-term medical disability, etc. will be required at the time of application for Inactive Status.
    4. The fee for Inactive Status will be as established by the NICET Board of Governors.
    5. Inactive Status certificants will receive a letter to acknowledge their status (but not a wallet card or wall certificate) and will appear in directories with their certifications appropriately noted as "Inactive".
    6. Inactive Status may be continued indefinitely for three-year periods by submitting payment of the Inactive Status fee along with documentation supporting continued Inactive Status.
    7. Certification(s) will automatically expire unless maintained in Inactive Status or returned to Active Status.
    8. Reactivation of an Inactive Status certification to Active Status requires the certificant to:
      1. acquire 30 CPD points (from activities other than the special certification maintenance written examination) in the most recent, past 12-month period,
      2. successfully complete the appropriate special (certification maintenance) written exam,
      3. pay a reactivation fee and the appropriate proportional amount of the current recertification fee(s).
    9. If a candidate cannot document all 30 CPD points from the most recent, past 12-month period, the candidate may apply for Provisional Active Status to work and complete necessary CPD activities. Applications must include a signed acknowledgment of the appropriate conditions, limitations and stipulations along with proof of current employment/employability in the specified certification practice area(s). A special fee will be charged for each certification awarded. Candidates will receive an approval letter/wallet card (but not a wall certificate) and will appear in directories with their certifications appropriately noted as "Provisional". Provisional Active Status will be valid for up to one year from the date of application.
  15. Retired Status may be elected by certificants with Active Status certification(s) at the end of the certification period if the certificant has attained the age of 55 and retires from all paid employment in and/or related to his/her certification practice area(s).
    1. Retired Status requires the submission and acceptance of the recertification application, proof of age, proof of retirement (written statement from employer), and payment of the Retired Status fee.
    2. Retired Status will be assigned to all certifications held.
    3. Retired Status certificants will receive the NICET Newsletter and will appear in all appropriate NICET directories with certification(s) noted as "Retired."
    4. Retired Status may be continued indefinitely for three-year periods by submitting payment of the "Retired Status" fee along with the Application for Continued Technician/Technologist Retired Status Certification.
    5. If the certificant elects not to continue in Retired Status, all certifications of record will expire and all test and certification records will be deleted from the database. Reinstating expired certifications is then only possible by satisfying the criteria specified in Item 13 above.
    6. Return to Active Status can be accomplished within the first three years of holding Retired Status upon meeting conditions 1 and 2 below. After that period, all test records will be deleted from the database and return to Active Status is only possible by satisfying the criteria specified in Item 14H and 14I above. If multiple certifications are held, all certifications not returned to Active Status will automatically expire.
      1. acquire in the twelve-month period immediately preceding the return to Active Status 30 CPD points for each eligible certification that is to be returned to Active Status.
      2. payment of a proportional amount of the full recertification fee and a reinstatement fee.
  16. Implementation of this policy began on January 1, 1996.
    1. All active certificate holders were assigned a three-year certification expiration date.
    2. All first-time certifications issued July 1, 1997 or later will carry an expiration date of three years after the issue date.

      Note 1: A certification practice area encompasses those activities associated with the certification awarded. For example, if you are certified in Highway Construction — that is your certification practice area. If you are certified in Fire Alarms Systems — that is your certification practice area. If you are certified in Industrial Engineering Technology — that is your certification practice area.
  17. Certificants will be notified to renew their certifications on several occasions:
    1. First notice will be mailed at least 6 months prior to the expiration date
    2. Second notice will be mailed at least 100 days prior to the expiration date.
    3. Third notice will be mailed about 30 days after the expiration date.
    4. Fourth notice will be mailed about 1 year after the expiration date.
    5. Fifth and final notice will be mailed about 2 ½ years after the expiration date.

Exhibits