No. Certificants must maintain their continuing education credits and apply for recertification at regular intervals.
When does recertification occur?
Recertification occurs every five years from the year you initially earned your certification or five years after your last recertification.
I have to recertify this year; when do I need to submit my complete recertification application?
Recertification applications are to be completed and sent in by December 31st. Recertification applications postmarked after December 31st are considered "lapsed" (please see the related FAQ regarding lost certificates).
How much does recertification cost?
For members, $95 and non-members, $145.
I have multiple NCMA certifications; can I recertify for all of them at the same time?
Those who hold more than one certification will have their recertification date extended to coincide with the second recertification date. Those people will be required to submit one application and pay one fee. Furthermore, 60 CPEs will satisfy the recertification requirements for all NCMA designations held. All certifications must be current (not expired) to be eligible for this option.
What are the requirements for recertification?
A total of 60 hours of instruction, earned over the five-year renewal period is required in order to qualify for recertification.
Recertification candidates must send in:
- Completed recertification application,
- $95/$145 recertification fee, and
- Supporting documentation verifying 60 CPE hours.
I can't remember my certification date and/or certification number, how do I find that out?
Candidates can call NCMA at 571.382.0082 to obtain this information.
How long does the recertification process take?
If the application is complete, the entire recertification application review process can take up 2-4 weeks. During the Certification's busy season (September-March), the review process can take up to 3-8 weeks. If the candidate's application is incomplete or missing information, the process can take longer. The Certification Department will notify those who are missing information via email when their application is reviewed.
I can't make my recertification deadline-can I get an extension?
Candidates who know that they are not going to complete the requirements for recertification can request an extension. Include in your email, your contact information, and reasons why you cannot meet the eligibility deadline. Please be aware that granting extensions are for extreme circumstances and are NOT guaranteed.
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I missed my recertification deadline; is my certification still valid?
Between the period of January 1 and March 31 following the recertification date, an additional nonfundable fee of $75 will be assessed – $170/$220 total. After March 31, the certification(s) will be expired. If an active certification is desired, the current certification process must be followed.
I lost my certificates from NCMA-sponsored conferences, seminars, courses, etc...can I get a transcript from NCMA?
At present, no; though we plan to have this service at some point in the future. If this presents a problem for you in satisfying the CPE requirements for certification or recertification, please contact the Education Department providing as many details as possible; the NCMA staff will work with you to resolve the situation. Certificants asking for information for NCMA events attended after 2003 can contact our meetings department at 800-344-8096 ext. 408 for attendance record information.
What about overseas deployment?
Designees who are deployed overseas may request to the Certification Department that their recertification period be extended if they are deployed on an assignment during which they will be unable to satisfy the 60-hour CPE requirement in the five-year renewal period.
What is the responsibility of the individual Certificant?
Individuals are responsible for (1) seeking opportunities for CPE hours, (2) successfully completing CPE programs and activities, (3) maintaining documentation of the CPE hours completed, and (4) monitoring their own progress toward meeting the CPE requirements.
NCMA will not "hold" and/or maintain Recertification applications and CPE documentation for candidates during the five-year recertification period. Recertification applications are only accepted during the last year of the certificant's recertification period.
*Applications received without payment will be held for only 60 days.