Certification Rules and Policies

Disclaimer: The certification rules and policies are compliant to ISO/IEC 17024 requirements, to make it also compliant to ASTM E2659-18 Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, the following considerations must be made only for Foundation certificates:

  • ‘’Certified individual(s)” or ‘’Certified professional(s)’’ refers also to “Certificate holder(s)”
  • “Certification” refers also to “Certificate Program”
  • Work experience and references do not apply for the Certificate Program
  • ‘’Revocation of certification’’ refers also to ‘’Invalidation of certificate’’
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1. Professional References

For each certification application, two professional references are required. Professional references shall be individuals who have worked with you in a professional environment and can validate your expertise in the respective field, current, and previous work history. You cannot use as a referee the persons who fall under your supervision or are a relative of yours.

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2. Professional Experience

Candidates shall provide complete information regarding their professional experience, including job titles, commencement and end dates, job descriptions, and more. Candidates are advised to summarize their previous and current assignments, providing sufficient details to describe the nature of the responsibilities that they have had. More detailed information can be included in the résumé.

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3. Audit Experience

The candidate’s audit log will be checked to ensure that the candidate has the required number of audit hours. The following audit types constitute valid audit experience: pre-audit, gap analysis, internal audits, second-party audits, third-party audits, or opinion audits.

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4. Project Experience

The candidate’s project log will be checked to ensure that the candidate has the required number of implementation hours.

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5. Evaluation of Certification Applications

The Certification Department will evaluate each application to validate the candidate’s eligibility for certification. A candidate whose application is being reviewed will be notified in writing and given a reasonable time frame to provide any additional documentation if necessary. If a candidate does not respond by the deadline, or does not provide the required documentation within the given time frame, the Certification Department will validate the application based on the initial information provided, which can eventually lead to the downgrade of it to a lower credential or it can be declared ineligible.

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6. Denial of Certification

PECB can deny certification if candidates:

  • Falsify the application
  • Violate the exam procedures
  • Violate the PECB Code of Ethics
  • Fail the exam

Any concerns regarding the denial of certification can be appealed in writing to the Certification Board. 

The application payment for the certification is nonrefundable. This is because of the process of verifying the application, the evidence submitted by the candidates, and the engagement of the relevant departments in this process.

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7. Suspension of Certification

PECB can temporarily suspend certification if the candidate fails to satisfy the requirements of PECB. Additional reasons for suspending certification can be if:

  • PECB receives excessive or serious complaints by interested parties (Suspension will be applied until the investigation has been completed.).
  • The logos of PECB or accreditation bodies are willfully misused.
  • The candidate fails to correct the misuse of a certification mark within the determined time by PECB.
  • The certified individual has voluntarily requested a suspension.
  • PECB deems appropriate other conditions for suspension of certification.
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8. Revocation of Certification

PECB can revoke (that is, to withdraw) certification if the candidate fails to satisfy the requirements of PECB. Candidates are then no longer allowed to represent themselves as PECB certified professionals. Additional reasons for revoking certification can be if candidates:

  • Violate the PECB Code of Ethics
  • Misrepresent and provide false information of the scope of the certification
  • Break any other PECB rules
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9. Non-discrimination and Special Accommodations

All candidate applications shall be evaluated objectively without regard to age, sex, race, religion, national origin, or marital status. PECB will allow for reasonable accommodations (1) as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (2) or an equivalent national law. A candidate who needs special accommodations must make the request in writing and allow an extra two weeks for processing of the application. Click here to download the Special Accommodations for Candidates with Disabilities Form.

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10. Complaint and Appeal

Any complaint that a candidate has must be made no later than 30 days after their certification has been denied. Within 30 working days after receiving the complaint, PECB will provide a written response to the candidate. Should the response from PECB not be satisfactory, the candidate has the right to file an appeal. For more detailed information, please refer to the PECB Compliant and Appeal Procedure.