Changes to the Re-Certification Program
In April 2013, CIPS introduced changes to the re-certification policies. The key changes are:
a) Moved from an annual to a triennial recertification process;
b) Moved from an annual 100 continuing professional development credits to 100 credits over three years;
c) Changed the requirement to demonstrate 3,000 hours of IT work experience over three years to a demonstration that one actively works in I.T. (the 3,000 hours is a guideline);
d) Added the ability to earn re-certification credits through volunteerism with a “Giving Back to the Profession” option;
e) Require written evidence of professional development credits in the form of a log record;
f) Undertake random audits where evidence of professional development credits must be provided;
g) Failing to full-fill the re-certification requirements will result in sanctions which may include, but not be limited to, a requirement to complete a certain number of re-certification credits within a set period of time or the revocation of the right to hold the professional certification.
The new changes came into effect in April 1, 2013. A transition period was introduced for all existing certification holders as per the following schedule.Consult the transition guide and determine which re-certification form you need to submit.
|Year of Approval||Annual Submission Process||Start Triennial Submission Process||Submit old style re-certification||Submit new style re-certification|
|2009 or prior||Up until 2013||2016||2013||2016|
|2010||Up until 2013||2016||2013||2016|
To learn more about the re-certification program, review the Re-certification Policies and Procedures Handbook .It provides information on what you can claim as re-certification credits, how to earn and claim them, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to renew your certification.
Once you certify, you must re-certify every three years through continuing education activities and by demonstrating that you are actively practicing in the profession.
Re-certification broadens your I.T. knowledge and makes you more valuable to your organization or client.
Re-certification shows that you:
- Are current and have made a commitment to keeping current on changing I.T. practices
- Are committed to the acquisition of new I.T. knowledge and makes you more valuable to your organization or client
- Are building familiarity with contemporary I.T. topics
Recording your Professional Development Activities
You are responsible for recording your professional development activities as they occur. The most efficient way is to record these on the CIPS Re-Certification Activity Record.
Reporting your Professional Development Activities
You only need to send the CIPS Re-Certification Reporting Form. You do not need to send supporting documentation for activities reported, but should retain such documentation in the event you are audited.