Certification Policies

Certification Regulations and Policies

Disclaimer: The term “certified” shall only be used for personnel certifications, based on ISO/IEC 17024 requirements. The term “certificate holder” shall only be used for certificate programs, based on ASTM E2659 requirements. Certificate holders are not certified, licensed, accredited, or registered to engage in a specific occupation or profession.

1. Professional References

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

Note: References do not apply for Foundation, Transition, and Provisional certificates.

2. Professional Experience

Candidates shall provide complete information regarding their professional experience, including job titles, commencement and end dates, job descriptions, and more. Candidates are advised to summarize their previous and 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.

Note: Work experience do not apply for Foundation, Transition, and Provisional certificates.

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

Each candidate’s project log will be checked by the authorities in charge to ensure that the candidate has the required number of implementation hours required. This will help to properly evaluate the candidate’s experience.

5. Evaluation of Applications

The Certification Department will evaluate each application to validate the candidate’s eligibility for certification or certificate program. A candidate whose application is being reviewed will be notified in writing and given a reasonable time frame 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 time frame, 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.

At the end of the evaluation of the application, if all requirements are met, a certificate and a digital badge are issued to the candidate.

Note: Downgrade is not applicable for Foundation, Transition, and Provisional certificates.

6. Denial of Certification / Certificate Program

PECB / DCA can deny certification/certificate program if candidates:

⦿ Falsify the application
⦿ Violate the exam procedures
⦿ Violate the PECB and DCA Code of Ethics
⦿ Fail the exam
Any concerns regarding the denial of certification/certificate program can be appealed in writing to the Certification Board.

The application payment for the certification/certificate program is nonrefundable. This is because of the process of verifying the application, the evidence submitted by the candidates, and the engagement of the relevant departments 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 suspension 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 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/certificate program.

8. Revocation of Certification

PECB / DCA can revoke (that is, to withdraw) certification if the candidate fails to satisfy the requirements of PECB / DCA. Candidates are then no longer allowed to represent themselves as PECB certified professionals. Additional reasons can be if candidates:

⦿ Violate the PECB and DCA Code of Ethics
⦿ Misrepresent and provide false information of the scope of the
certification/certificate program

⦿ Break any other PECB and DCA rules

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 the 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/certificate program 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. For more detailed information, please refer to the PECB Complaint and Appeal Procedure.

11. Invalidation of Certificate

PECB and DCA shall invalidate a certificate of the person it was issued to if found to have not fulfilled the certificate program requisites. And until it’s proven otherwise the status of the certificate shall remain invalid.

12. Security of Certificate

Every certificate provided as a result of successful completion of any certification exam shell be entitled to just a single candidate and in no case should be duplicated for use by another party except by the concern and approval of the certification board.