What is Recertification? Knowledge within a profession doesn’t stand still. Having passed the certification examination, a certificant has demonstrated knowledge of the designation’s Common Body of Knowledge at the point in time of the examination. In order to stay current in the field as knowledge and techniques mature, the certificant must be actively engaged in professional practice, and seek opportunities to stay aware of and learn emerging practices. Certified professionals are generally expected to:
- Attend professional conferences to stay aware of activities and trends in the profession,
- Take education and training courses to continually update skills and competencies,
- Develop and offer training to share knowledge and skills with other professionals and the public,
- Publish information in order to disseminate personal, project, and research experiences, and
- Participate in the profession through active committee memberships and formal special interest groups.
Recertification is required every three years before the anniversary date of the current certification. Multiple email reminders will be sent out to the default email address entered in the Portal starting 180 days out, with the final going out 30 days from the expiration date. It is the certificant’s responsibility to ensure their email address in the Portal is correct and up-to-date so that they will receive the recertification reminders.
To view your certifications expiration date, login to your Customer Portal account and visit the the My Certification and/or Recertification page. Original certification and expiration dates can also be found on all certificates issued after January 1, 2002. (Note: Credentials prior to 2002 did not include expiration dates.)
It is the desire of the International Software Certification Board (ISCB) to maintain the highest degree of integrity within Software Certifications. To maintain this integrity a certificant must maintain a current knowledge base of quality principles, practices, and technical knowledge as the information technology industry advances or becomes obsolete. By requiring that the certificant maintain and increase their level of competency through various avenues of education and activities, the ISCB is assured that the certification standards of integrity are being met and the value of the certification designation is being maintained.
To assure that this is happening, and that the certificant is maintaining knowledge and skills that are state-of-the-art in the field, the certificant must demonstrate Continuing Professional Education (CPE) activities. This can be done by selecting ONLY one of the following two options:
- Taking a Recertification Examination to demonstrate the maintenance of the certification, OR
- Submitting a Recertification Journal of qualified Continuing Professional Education (CPE) activities.
Once you make your selection on how you plan to recertify (exam or journal) in the Customer Portal it is FINAL and you will NOT be able to change from one to the other so make sure of your selection before proceeding.
Certificant’s who fail to satisfy the recertification requirements before the expiration date of their certification are automatically decertified. Individuals looking to reactivate an expired (decertified) certification must reapply in the Portal, pay the application fee, and pass the examination.