Certification Maintenance


Certification maintenance and re-certification process

PECB certificates are valid for three years. In order to maintain a PECB certificate, it is required from the candidate to demonstrate that he/she is performing certification related activities on an annual basis. In addition, the candidate is required to pay an Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF).

The following certification credentials do not require maintenance: Foundation, Provisional Auditor and Provisional Implementer. Once a candidate decides to upgrade for a higher credential (Lead), the maintenance requirement will be applied. 

PECB professionals should engage in relevant Continual Professional Development (CPD) activities for improving knowledge and performing tasks with competence. Depending on the certification scheme, these activities include education, work experience, auditor training, audit experience, implementation and/or consulting experience.

This may be achieved through means of additional work experience, training, private study, coaching, attendance at meetings, seminars and conferences or other relevant activities.

Certification renewal process

Recertification: In order to renew a PECB Certificate, candidates will need to demonstrate that they have maintained their certificate(s) on yearly basis. However, candidates are not required to fulfill the requirements every year, but they need to have performed a respective amount of activity hours within three years.

As an example, a professional who holds a Lead certificate performed 20 hours of certification-related professional activities in year 1, 10 hours of certification-related professional activities in year 2 and 60 hours of certification-related professional activities in year 3. Although during the first and second year the professional did not perform enough certification-related professional activities, his/her tri-annual total is equal to the minimal tri-annual requirements. So this professional would be re-certified.

For professionals such as university professors and professional trainers a requirement for experience can be fulfilled with their work experience on the subject.

PECB Certified Persons who fail to provide evidence of certification maintenance requirements will have their PECB credentials downgraded. The holders of Master certificates who fail to submit their CPD and AMF will have their Master credentials revoked and will no longer be allowed to present themselves as certified PECB professionals.

Upgrade of credentials

Professionals can apply for a higher credential immediately after they can document that they fulfil the requirements.

To do this, please log in to your PECB Member Account, visit the "My Certifications" tab and click on the "Upgrade" link. The upgrade application fee is $100.

As an example, a candidate who has been certified as an ISO 9001 Auditor makes an additional 100 hours (200 hours being the minimum for Certified Auditor and 300 hours being the minimum for Certified Lead Auditor) and already has 5 years of experience, two of which are related to Quality Management (in this case), the candidate  can apply to be upgraded to  the Lead Auditor Credential.

Downgrade of credential

A credential of Lead Implementer, Implementer, Lead Auditor, and Auditor will be downgraded to Provisional if the following requirements are not meet:

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits not submitted,
  • Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) not paid,
  • Breach of PECB's Code of Ethics  

Payment of PECB's Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) and reporting of CPD credits

Payment of the annual maintenance fee, which is $100 per certificate, and submission of CPD activities is required annually during the annual renewal period.

When to submit CPD logs: Every year, starting from their initial certificate issuance date, PECB certified professionals will need to provide PECB with the number of hours of auditing and/or implementation related tasks they have performed with the contact details of individuals who can validate these tasks, as well as paying their annual certification maintenance fees (AMF)*.

For example, if your certificate issuance date is 2016-06-15, then deadline for you to submit your annual CPD is 2017-06-14.

To report CPDs you can submit the information next to your specific certificates located under your “My Certifications” tab on your PECB dashboard.

Renewal requirements

Annual and three-year certification period

CERTIFICATION Annual Requirements Tri-Annual Total
Experience/Education Experience/Education
All Foundation and Provisional 0 None None
Implementer 20 hours of work experience, implementation or consulting related experience, training, private study, coaching, attendance at seminars and conferences or other relevant activities 60 hours
Auditor, Assessor 20 hours of work experience, audit or assessment experience related tasks, training, private study, coaching, attendance at seminars and conferences or other relevant activities. 60 hours
Manager 20 hours of work experience related to the certification field, training, private study, coaching, attendance at seminars and conferences or other relevant activities. 60 hours
EBIOS, MEHARI 20 hours of work experience related to the certification field, training, private study, coaching, attendance at seminars and conferences or other relevant activities. 60 hours
Lead Implementer 30 hours of work experience, implementation or consulting related experience, training, private study, coaching, attendance at seminars and conferences or other relevant activities. 90 hours

Lead Auditor,
Lead Assessor

30 hours of auditing or assessment-related tasks, training, private study, coaching, attendance at seminars and conferences or other relevant activities. 90 hours
Lead Manager 30 hours of work experience related to the certification field, training, private study, coaching, attendance at seminars and conferences or other relevant activities. 90 hours
CLFE 30 hours of field forensic or assessment-related tasks, training, private study, coaching, attendance at seminars and conferences or other relevant activities. 90 hours
CLPI 30 hours of work experience, implementation or consulting related experience, training, private study, coaching, attendance at seminars and conferences or other relevant activities. 90 hours
COM 30 hours of work experience related to the certification field, training, private study, coaching, attendance at seminars and conferences or other relevant activities. 90 hours
CLSIP 30 hours of work experience related to the certification field, training, private study, coaching, attendance at seminars and conferences or other relevant activities. 90 hours
Master 60 hours of implementation, management or auditing-related tasks, training, private study, coaching, attendance at seminars and conferences or other relevant activities. 180 hours

 

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