Every Journal Item must improve one of the skill areas outlined in the designation’s Body of Knowledge. To maintain a balance in recertification activities, some categories or activities have a maximum number of credits that can be reported in a recertification period. These caps, where appropriate, are noted in the detailed descriptions of the items. Each Journal Item will have specific instructions displayed online and also some of the following fields:

  • The name of the Journal Item being claimed,
  • A brief summary of the activity being claimed,
  • The number of CPE hours claimed and explanation of how that number was derived,
  • A description of which specific Body of Knowledge category the activity supports,
  • Reference information for auditing of the Journal Item.

Important:
Many certificant’s contact Software Certifications to ask if specific activities would be acceptable for recertification and the answer is always that specific activities cannot be prescreened by Software Certifications. Our general advice to certificant’s is: If you aren’t sure that an activity has increased your competence as a professional in one of the body of knowledge areas for your certification, then don’t try to use that activity toward recertification.

Journal Items
The journal items which can be claimed for CPE credit in the Education Category are as follows:

Attended a Conference
Conferences usually have multiple breakout sessions. You will receive one CPE per hour of actual contact time, excluding breaks, lunches, etc. A normal conference schedule will have 6 or 7 contact hours per day. Include all events that facilitate interaction and networking (even if food is served).
20 CPE Max per conference attended / 40 CPE Max per 3 years

Attended a Course, Seminar, Tutorial, or Webinar
You will receive one CPE per hour of actual contact time, excluding breaks, lunches, etc. A typical commercial offering is 6 hours of instruction per day. A typical college course of 3 credit hours contains 12 hours of instruction for one semester.
15 CPE Max per course / 30 CPE Max per 3 years

Read a Book
Read a book on skill areas related to the Body of Knowledge.
5 CPE Max per book / 30 CPE Max per 3 years

Read a Journal or Magazine Article
Read an article on skill areas related to the Body of Knowledge.
1 CPE Max per article / 15 CPE Max per 3 years

Completed a Formal Self-Study Course / Seminar
Complete a formal course / seminar on skill areas related to the Body of Knowledge. The material must be published as a formal web based or CD-based E-learning course.
10 CPE Max per course / seminar / 40 CPE Max per 3 years

Participated in a Formal Study Group
You will receive one CPE per hour of actual contact time. A formal Study Group will normally be scheduled and have a list of regular attendees. Helping a friend study for an examination is NOT a formal Study Group.
10 CPE Max per study group/ 20 CPE Max per 3 years