All PECB Professionals are required to adhere to the PECB Code of Ethics. Failure to do so can result in investigations and/or disciplinary measures. The Certification Maintenance Regulations are an obligations for each and every PECB certified professional. Outlined below are the obligations.
Certification Maintenance Regulations
PECB certified professionals who follow this policy and successfully comply with its requirements will be able to continually demonstrate competence, broaden knowledge, and consequently renew their certification(s).
The CPD requirements are set and overseen by the PECB Scheme Committee.
2. Recertification Requirements
PECB Certifications are valid for three years. In order to maintain a certification, PECB certified professionals must comply with the following requirements:
Adhere to the PECB Code of Ethics
3. How to Renew the Certification?
To be able to renew a certification, PECB certified professionals will need to demonstrate that they have maintained their certification(s) on an annual basis. It is not mandatory for the requirements to be fulfilled every year; the required number of CPD hours can be fulfilled within the three-year certification cycle.
For example, a PECB certified professional that holds a Lead Certification has performed 20 hours of certification-related activities in year 1, 10 hours in year 2, and 60 hours in year 3. Although during the first and second year the person did not perform sufficient certification-related activities, their 3-year total is equal to the 3-year requirements.
In addition to CPDs, PECB certified professional will need to pay the annual maintenance fee (AMF).
PECB certification(s) can be renewed online through the PECB Dashboard, by logging into the dashboard (https://pecb.com/en/login), clicking My Certifications, and then the Renew button. If after three years the recertification requirements are met, the certification will be renewed.
Note: PECB certified professionals who fail to meet the recertification requirements for CPDs and AMFs will have their credentials downgraded. Meanwhile, holders of Master Certifications will have their certification revoked.
Note: The following credentials do not require maintenance: Foundation, Provisional, and Transition.
3.1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Continuing Professional Development is a portfolio structure for demonstrating, documenting, and tracking the skills, knowledge, and experience acquired by professionals after their initial certification.
CPDs are important for updating professional experience, acknowledging achievements, and demonstrating professional activities conducted.
In order to support certified professionals earn CPD credits, PECB continually organizes webinar sessions, provides opportunities for writing articles, participating in trainings and events, and more. For more information, please read the CPD Policy.
3.2 Annual Maintenance Fees (AMF)
Annual Maintenance Fees are required to maintain a PECB certification.
If the certified professional fails to fulfill either of these CPD or AMF requirements, the certification will be downgraded as explained below.
A PECB Certification can be downgraded to a lower credential due to the following reasons:
AMF has not been paid.
CPD hours have not been submitted.
Insufficient CPD hours have been submitted.
Evidence on CPD hours has not been submitted upon request.
PECB Professionals can apply for a higher credential once they provide evidence that proves that they fulfill the requirements of the higher credential.
PECB Certifications can be upgraded online through your dashboard by logging here, clicking My Certifications and then the Upgrade button.
The application fee for an upgrade is $100.
Note: For certifications that need to be upgraded, an evaluation will be done to determine if an exam is required prior to obtain an upgraded certification.
PECB can temporarily suspend the certification for the following reasons:
- 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.
Individuals whose certification has been suspended, are not authorized to further promote their certification while it is suspended.
PECB can revoke (that is, to withdraw) the certification if the candidate fails to satisfy its requirements. In such cases, candidates are no longer allowed to represent themselves as PECB Certified Professionals. Additional reasons for revoking certification can be if the candidates:
- Violate the PECB Code of Ethics
- Misrepresent and provide false information of the scope of certification
- Break any other PECB rules
Individuals whose certification has been revoked, are not authorized to use any references to a certified status.
8. Other Statuses
Besides being active, suspended, or revoked, a certification can be voluntary withdrawn, or designated as Emeritus. More information about these statuses and the permanent cessation status, and the application procedure, please visit Certification Status Options.