Recertification Cost, Procedures, and Timing

Base Recertification Fee (includes one subfield) $200
Incremental Fee (each additional subfield)  $50
Retired Status
The fee for electing or continuing certification after retiring from all paid employment in and/or related to the certification practice area(s). See Policy #30, Item 15.
Late Fee
Fee assessed to return expired certification(s) to Active Status; the fee is in addition to: "recertification" exam fees, evaluation fees, and recertification fees.



For most people, the recertification process is a simple one: just indicate on your invoice if you wish to recertify, include your completed CPD Log and mail it in with the specified fee payment. NICET does conduct random audits of some applications, but we work to get all properly completed applications (including audits) completed in plenty of time to get you your new certificate and wallet card before the old one expires provided that you submit at least 4 weeks prior to your expiration date. Your recertification application also serves as your invoice; please make a copy for your records. All recertification forms include detailed instructions.

If you think you cannot meet your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) point requirements, please contact NICET before sending in your application. NICET's certification staff may be reached between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST; by dialing 888-476-4238 or 703-548-1518, and pressing 2 or send email to

The Certification Cycle
Continuing your Active Certification
Reactivating your Expired Certification
Retired Status
Inactive Status
If You are Audited

The Certification Cycle

Your three-year certification period begins on the date you are awarded your first certification. At this point, you should begin keeping a record of your professional development activities (perhaps using the free CPD log provided by NICET), both for your own career development uses and for NICET recertification. Your certification expiration date appears on your certificate, approval letter, and wallet card. Any additional certification (or upgrades) that you achieve will adhere to your three-year certification cycle; all certifications held will expire simultaneously at the initial certification expiration date.

Continuing your Active Certification

NICET will email the first notice about six months before your certification expires. You are instructed to respond to this email if you would like NICET to forward the Recertification Package.  The package includes your invoice, instructions and CPD Log.   Detailed on the invoice is your recertification processing fee (a base fee plus a small incremental fee for each subfield). For each certification title you wish to continue, you will be asked to provide your CPD point total for the three-year period ending on your expiration date. Information about the sources of the CPD points will not be needed on the application, but are required to be provided on your CPD Log within 4 weeks of submitting your recertification application and payment to NICET, you will receive either a new certificate and wallet card or an audit notification.

Reactivating your Expired Certificate

If your certification has expired, then you must contact NICET by email ( or by phone (1-888-476-4238, option 2), to request a recertification application. The application will list all your recertification fees, including the recertification processing fee (a base fee plus a small incremental fee for each subfield), the late fee.

  1. If within the first 18 months immediately after the latest established certification expiration date, provide documentation to support the required 90 CPD points acquired during the latest three–year certification period.
    1. If a candidate cannot document all 90 CPD points from within the three-year certification period, the candidate will be allowed to complete additional educational activities to make up the difference.  CPD points for additional educational activities completed may not be used again for future recertification.  This additional education documentation must be submitted within 6 months of the original certification expiration date.
  2. If more than 18 months immediately after the latest established certification expiration date, the candidate must:
    1. Submit an updated work history describing all positions, duties and responsibilities held from the time of their last work history submission.  Candidate must demonstrate at least 12 months of relevant work experience within the past three years, and meet all other current certification requirements.  Detailed work experience must be demonstrated for each specialty area being reinstated, through a time allocation break-out. 
    2. Submit newly verified Performance Measures for the highest certification level previously attained;
    3. Submit a new Personal Recommendation; and
    4. Apply for, with appropriate payment, and successfully complete the current written examination(s) for the highest certification level previously attained (not the highest level previously passed).

Note 1: 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 that expired on 7/1/2016 — the reinstated certification will expire on 7/1/2019.

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.
  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 12.b. above.

Inactive Status

May be requested by certificants with Active Status certification(s) upon renewal if a certificant is not actively working in their certification practice area(s) but is still active in their profession through education activities and/or other professional involvement.

  1. Inactive Status may be requested for one or more certifications held.
  2. 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.
  3. Inactive Status certificants will receive a letter to acknowledge their status (but not a wallet card or wall certificate).
  4. To maintain Inactive Status, at least 18 CPD points per three-year period must be acquired through additional education and/or advance the profession.
  5. Inactive Status may be continued indefinitely in three-year periods by submitting payment of the Inactive Status fee along with documentation supporting the required additional education/professional activities.
  6. Certification(s) will automatically expire unless maintained in Inactive Status or returned to Active Status.
  7. Reactivation of an Inactive Status certification to Active Status requires the certificant to:
    1. acquire 30 CPD points in the most recent 12-month period,
    2. pay a reactivation fee and the appropriate proportional amount of the current recertification fee(s).

If You are Audited...

When you submit your recertification application to NICET before your expiration date, your CPD point documentation is subject to a random audit. If you are audited, you will receive notice within a month to send your CPD point documentation to NICET for review.

If you face a mandatory audit because of your expired status, then you may send your CPD point documentation with your recertification application and fee payment.

Your CPD point documentation should include copies of documents like college transcripts and certificates of attendance. NICET will also accept written statements from supervisors, committee leaders, society officials, and other authorities who can verify your CPD activities.

Within 30 days of receiving these materials, NICET will notify you about its decision. If you fail to send your CPD point documentation to NICET within three years of your expiration date, NICET will delete your certification and testing records.