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PECB-780 Certification maintenance and re-certification


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Certification maintenance and re-certification process










Approved By: EVP
Effective date: August 02, 2011

Title
PECB-780 Certification maintenance and re-certification
process
Version 2.4
Owner Certification Manager
Classification Public

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PECB Certifications
The PECB certifications 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: 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
Every year, 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 yearly certification maintenance
fees. PECB will randomly select some referrals to contact to validate this experience and
education.
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 has performed 20 hours of certification-related professional
activities in year 1, 3 hours of certification-related professional activities in year 2 and 35 hours
of certification-related professional activities in year 3. Although during year 2 the professional
did not performed enough certification-related professional activities, his/her tri-annual total is
equal to the minimal tri-annual requirements. So this professional would be recertified.
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 professionals who fail to provide evidence of certification maintenance
requirements will have their PECB credentials revoked and will no longer be allowed to present
themselves as certified PECB professionals.



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Upgrade of credentials
Professionals can apply for a higher credential immediately after they can document that they
fulfil the requirements. Upgrade is free of charge for professionals that pay PECBs annual
maintenance fees.
In order to apply for credential upgrade you must fill the following form PECB-748 Credential
upgrade request form (click to download ) and send it to us via email at
certification@pecb.org or have it faxed at 1-888-603-9595
As an example, a professional that has been certified as 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 Lead Implementer.

Downgrade of credential
A credential of Lead Implementer, Implementer, Lead Auditor, Auditor and Master will be
downgraded to provisional if the following requirements are not meet:
- Continuing Professional Development credits not submitted,
- Annual maintenance fee not paid,
- Breach of PECBs code of ethics

Payment of PECBs Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) and reporting of
CPD credits
Payment of the annual maintenance fee and a CPD activity form is required annually during the
annual renewal period.
You will receive an invoice from our billing department once per year, usually in the beginning of
the year.
Reporting of CPD can be done by submitting the information on the Annual CPD
form (click to download ).


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Reinstatement after voluntary lapse
An individual who has voluntarily let certification lapse is not certified and may not use any
certification designation or associated initial designation. These individuals may reinstate
certified status through one of the following options:

Option 1 - If certification lapse is less than one year:
Submit the Reinstatement Application and associated fees.

Option 2 - If certification lapse is for less than one recertification cycle:
Submit the Reinstatement Application and associated fees.
Document participation in the prorated amount of professional development that would
have been required to maintain certification.

Option 3 - If certification lapse is for less than one certification cycle:
Submit the Reinstatement Application and associated fees.
Successfully pass the certification examination.

Option 4 - If certification lapse is greater than one recertification cycle:
Re-apply under the original application and examination process.



Absence of Fulfilling Certification Requirements Notification
In matters that affect the capability of the PECB certification credential to continue to fulfill its
requirements, all PECB certified persons are required, without delay, to inform PECB for any
absence of fulfilling certification requirements.

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PECB-780 Certification maintenance and re-certification
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Classification Public

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Renewal requirements
Annual and three-year certification period
CERTIFICATION
Yearly Requirements Tri-Annual Total
Experience Education Experience Education
Foundation,
Provisional
Implementer and
Provisional
Auditor
0
None
0
None None None
Implementer
10
hours of work
experience,
implementation or
consulting related
experience
10
hours of training, private
study, coaching,
attendance at seminars
and conferences or other
relevant activities
30 hours 30 hours
Auditor
10
hours of work
experience, audit or
assessment experience
related tasks
10
hours of training, private
study, coaching,
attendance at seminars
and conferences or other
relevant activities.
30 hours 30 hours
Lead Implementer
15
hours of work
experience,
implementation or
consulting related
experience
15
hours of training, private
study, coaching,
attendance at seminars
and conferences or other
relevant activities.
45 hours 45 hours
Lead Auditor
15
hours of auditing or
assessment-related tasks
15
hours of training, private
study, coaching,
attendance at seminars
and conferences or other
relevant activities.
45 hours 45 hours
Master
30
hours of implementation,
management or auditing-
related tasks
30
hours of training, private
study, coaching,
attendance at seminars
and conferences or other
relevant activities.
90 hours 90 hours