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The ACAC recertification fee is $300 for a two-year recertification and includes a non-refundable $100 processing fee. A digital certification seal is also avialable upon recertification for a $25 fee.
ACAC has implemented a streamlined recertification program that includes a simplified, paperless application process:
How do I qualify for recertification?
To be eligible for ACAC recertification, current certificants must meet the following conditions during the previous two-year certification term:
1. They must
attest to continued field
experience in the field of certification (20 RCs), and
2. They must be able to document 20 hours of professional development activity (20 RCs).
Note: Individuals holding the non-accredited CRMR, CRIE or CRSD certifications are exempt from #2 above.
What counts as professional development?
Any documented activity that the certificant considers relevant to his or her professional development may count toward ACAC recertification. Typical activities include:
- Continuing and
adult education courses
- Attendance at professional conferences and conventions
- Membership in industry associations
- Reading tests at the ACAC online testing center
Visit our RC Calculator for a list of common professional development activities and their RC values.
A certificant's choice of professional development activities may be questioned during an audit (see below); in such cases, certificants may be required to explain the reasons for their choices.
What documentation is required?
Certificants must maintain documentation of professional development activities. Attendance may be documented by any of the following: attendance certificate, paid receipts attached to a brochure or flyer describing the class, copy of ID badge along with class description or other proof of attendance, etc.
Submission of written documentation with the application is no longer required except from those certificants being audited.
What is an audit, and who is audited?
Each year, ACAC will randomly select a number of certificants for an audit of professional development activities. Audited certificants have 90 days from their certification expiration date to submit:
1. A one-page form
attesting to their continued activity in the field, and
2. Written documentation of 20 hours of professional development during the certification term.
During the 90-day period, the audited certification remains active on a provisional basis. Certificants who fail to submit proper documentation voluntarily surrender their certifications and must re-apply.
Where do I submit the recertification application?
When it is time to recertify ACAC sends each certificant an email invoice with a link to our online payment gateway. Certificants simply enter payment information and attest to their professional development activities by checking a few boxes. No scanning, printing or mailing is necessary. The application and payment process takes no more than five minutes.
What if I am late in recertifying?
Late re-certification is subject to removal of the designation and requires submitting a new application to the appropriate certification board. Appropriate fees will apply.
The CIEC and CMC programs are accredited
National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
18 ACAC programs are accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).
ACAC examinations are compliant with standards published by APA, AERA and NCME.
ACAC is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), formerly known as NOCA.