Certification Maintenance

 


Certification maintenance and re-certification process

The PECB designations are valid for three years. To maintain his/her certification, the applicant must demonstrate every year that he/she is still performing tasks that are related to the certification.

The following credentials do not require maintenance (if a candidate does not require obtaining another credential): Foundation, Provisional Auditor and Provisional Implementer.

PECB professionals should engage in appropriate continual professional development activities to maintain the necessary knowledge to perform their tasks with competence. Depending of the certification applicable, these activities include education, work experience, auditor training, audit experience, implementation and/or consulting experience.

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

Certification renewal process

Recertification: To be recertified, PECB professional will need to demonstrate every three years that they have had the equivalent of three years of yearly requirements. To maintain their certification or to recertify, PECB professional don't need to have every yearly requirements filled every year. It is possible for them to maintain their certification without having done certification-related professional activities for one or two years. But they will need to have performed the equivalent of three years of professional activities for 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 account, visit the "My certifications" tab and click on the "upgrade" link. The upgrade application fee is $100.

As an example, a professional that has been certified as an ISO 9001 Auditor within a year makes additional 100 hours (200 hours is a minimum for Certified Auditor) and he or she already has 5 years of experience from which two years where related to Quality Management (in this case) he or she can apply for 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 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.

Reporting of CPD can be done by submitting the information next to your specific certificates located under your “My Certification” tab on your myPECB 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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