Certification Rules and Policies

1. Professional References

For each certification application, two professional references are required. Professional references shall be the 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 professional reference the persons who fall under your supervision or are a relative of yours.

2. Professional Experience

Candidates shall provide complete information regarding their professional experience, including job title(s), commencement and end date(s), job description(s), and more. Candidates are advised to summarize their previous or 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.

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.

4. Project Experience

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

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 timeframe 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 timeframe, 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.

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 as per the Complaint and Appeal Procedure. 

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

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 Body(ies) 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

8. Revocation of Certification

PECB can revoke (that is, to withdraw) certification if the candidate fails to satisfy the PECB requirements. 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 certificate
  • Break any other PECB rule

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 Special Accommodations for Candidates with Disabilities Form.

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. You can read more about the complaint and appeal procedures by visiting the following link: PECB Compliant and Appeal Procedure.