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Certification Maintenance

 


1. Overview

The aim of this policy is to ensure that all PECB Certified Professionals maintain an adequate level of knowledge and competence in their respective fields and engage in relevant Continual Professional Development (CPD) activities for further improvement of their knowledge. 

PECB Certified Professionals who successfully comply with this CPD Policy will be able to continually demonstrate competence, as well as expand knowledge. 

The CPD requirements are set and overseen by the PECB Scheme Committee. 

2. Certification Requirements

PECB Certificates are valid for three years. In order to maintain a certificate, PECB Professionals are required to demonstrate that they are performing certification related activities on an annual basis. In addition to that, PECB Professionals are required to pay an Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF). 

Note: Annual and Tri-Annual Certification Maintenance Requirements, and AMF Requirements can be found in appendix 1 and 2 of this policy, respectively.

2.1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Continuing Professional Development is a portfolio structure for demonstrating, documenting and tracking skills, knowledge and experiences acquired by professionals beyond their initial certification date.

CPD’s are important for updating professional experience, acknowledging achievements and demonstrating professional activities conducted.

Activities that count for PECB audit credentials include audit or assessment experience related tasks, such as: 

  • audit planning;
  • audit interviews;
  • managing an audit program;
  • drafting audit reports;
  • drafting non-conformity reports;
  • drafting audit working documents; 
  • documentation review;
  • on-site audits;
  • non-conformity follow-up actions;
  • lead audit teams

Other activities related to the certification include: trainings, seminars, conferences, publications, presentations, coaching, private studies, articles, magazines, books, etc.

Activities that count for PECB project/implementation/management credentials include implementation or consulting related experience, such as:

  • drafting an implementation business case; 
  • managing an implementation project;
  • implementing controls;
  • implementing metrics;
  • implementing corrective or preventive action; 
  • performing a management review;
  • performing a risk assessment;
  • managing an incident management system

Other activities related to the certification include: trainings, seminars, conferences, publications, presentations, coaching, private studies, articles, magazines, books, etc.

Activities that count for PECB Master Certification holders include a combination of audit and implementation activities. 

In order to support members earn their CPD credits, PECB continually organizes webinar sessions containing CPD credits, opportunities for writing articles, and chances for participating in trainings and events.  PECB continually offers opportunities for them to be compensated with CPD credits by attending webinar sessions, writing articles, suggesting exam questions, and participating in trainings and events.

2.2 Annual Maintenance Fees (AMF) 

Annual Maintenance Fees are required to maintain a PECB Certificate and enable PECB to improve its services and schemes. Your payment helps PECB to be a functional organization which meets certification needs for its’ valuable members. 

Note: CPDs and AMFs are not required for Foundation, Provisional and Transition Credentials. 

3. Reporting CPDs and AMFs 

3.1 Reporting of CPDs

PECB Certified Professionals will need to provide PECB with the required hours of auditing and/or implementation related tasks they have performed, including the contact details of the individuals who can validate these tasks. 

Certified professionals can update their CPD credits as they are earned through their PECB Member Dashboards, by logging into their member dashboard (www.pecb.com/login), clicking ‘My Certifications’ and then the ‘Submit CPD’ button. 

Note: CPDs need to be reported for each specific certificate located under your ‘My Certifications’ tab in your PECB Member Dashboard. 

3.2 Payment of AMF

A PECB Certificate requires the payment of the maintenance fee. The annual reporting begins with the initial certification date; however, the maintenance fee for the first year is included in the certification application payment.  

Example: 

    - Issuance date: 2018-01-15; valid until: 2021-01-15

    - First AMF: 2018-01-15 until 2019-01-15 – no payment of AFM required

    - Second AMF: 2019-01-15 until 2020-01-15 – payment of AMF required

    - Third AMF: 2020-01-15 until 2021-01-15 – payment of AMF required

The annual maintenance fee can be paid online through your PECB Member Dashboard, by logging into your member dashboard (www.pecb.com/login), clicking ‘My Certifications’ and then the ‘Pay AMF’ button.  

PECB continuously notifies each PECB Professional to maintain their certificate(s). The notifications are sent several times throughout the certification cycle. The first one is sent three months before your annual certificate issuance date, which based on the example above would be 2018-10-15. In this case, the payment of AMF would be due by 2019-04-15 (three months after the annual certificate issuance date). 

Note: The failure to submit the AMF payment within the given deadline will result in the downgrade of your credential. 

3.3 Annual Notification

PECB Certified Professionals that report CPD hours and submit the full AMF payments on time will receive a confirmation from PECB, which will include the CPD hours reported and hours required to qualify for the three year certification cycle. 

4. Renewal  

To be able to renew a certificate, PECB Professionals will need to demonstrate that they have maintained their certificate(s) on a yearly basis. However, they are not required to fulfill the requirements every year, but they need to have performed the required amount of CPD hours within the three years certification cycle (see appendix 1). 

For example, a PECB Professional that holds a Lead Certificate has performed 20 hours of certification-related activities in year 1; 10 hours in year 2 and 60 hours in year 3. Although during the first and second year he/she did not perform sufficient certification-related activities, his/her tri-annual total is equal to the minimal tri-annual requirements. In this case, he/she fulfills the requirements to get recertified. 

After three years of successful maintenance of a PECB Certificate, you can apply for a renewal of your certificate. 

The PECB Certificate(s) can be renewed online through the PECB Member Dashboard, by logging into your member dashboard (www.pecb.com/login), clicking ‘My Certifications’ and then the ‘Renewal’ button. 

Note: PECB Certified Professionals who hold Lead Certificates and fail to provide evidence of certification maintenance requirements will have their credentials downgraded. Meanwhile, holders of Master Certificates who fail to submit CPDs and AMFs will have their certificates revoked. 

5. Downgrade

A PECB Certificate can be downgraded to a lower credential because of the following reasons:

    - AMF has not been paid;

    - CPD hours have not been submitted;

    - Insufficient CPD hours have been submitted;

    - Inability to provide evidences of CPD hours upon request

    - Breach of the PECB Code of Ethics

6. Upgrade

PECB Professionals can apply for a higher credential once they can document that they fulfill the requirements of the higher credential. 

The PECB Certificates can be upgraded online through your PECB Member Dashboard, by logging into your member dashboard (www.pecb.com/login), clicking ‘My Certifications’ and then the ‘Upgrade’ button. 

The application fee for an upgrade is $100.

7. Revocation

PECB Professionals who fail to comply with the PECB CPD Policy and are in breach with PECB’s Code of Ethics will have their PECB Certificates revoked and will no longer be allowed to present themselves as PECB Certified Professionals. 

8. Audits of CPDs reported

PECB may select a random sample of PECB Certified Professional to audit and validate the CDP hours reported. If required, PECB Professionals must provide to PECB written evidences of the reported activities. 

9. Recordkeeping

The reported CPD hours must be supported by respective documentation confirming the CPD activities performed. Such documentation can be: Certificate of Completion, Attendance Record, Confirmation Letter, etc. and those should be kept in possession for 1 year after the completion of the previous certification cycle.

10. PECB Code of Ethics

All PECB Professionals are required to adhere to the PECB Code of Ethics. The failure to do so can result in investigations and/or disciplinary measures. The PECB Code of Ethics can be reviewed here: https://pecb.com/en/pecb-code-of-ethics

Appendix 1 - Annual and Tri-Annual Certification Maintenance Requirements

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
Senior Lead Implementer 60 hours of work experience, implementation or consulting related experience, training, private study, coaching, attendance at seminars and conferences or other relevant activities. 180 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
Senior Lead Auditor 60 hours of auditing or assessment-related tasks, training, private study, coaching, attendance at seminars and conferences or other relevant activities. 180 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
Senior Lead Manager 60 hours of work experience related to the certification field, training, private study, coaching, attendance at seminars and conferences or other relevant activities. 180 hours
CLFE 30 hours of field forensics 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
CDPO 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 90 hours of implementation, management or auditing-related tasks, training, private study, coaching, attendance at seminars and conferences or other relevant activities. 270 hours

 

Appendix 2 - AMF Requirements

Certification AMF
(rate per year)
Foundation, Provisional and Transition None
All other certifications $100
Master $200

 

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