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After initial certification, recertification is required every three (3) years. You may recertify by completing one of the following sets of steps prior to your recertification date.
If a CPO® chooses to recertify by examination and fails, at the end of the then-current term, his/her credential expires, and he/she may no longer use the CPO® designation. Upon receiving a failing score, the CPO® is not eligible to re-take the examination for recertification.
If the CPO® meets the current eligibility requirements for initial certification (link), including earning 1500 work hours in the three years prior to sitting for the exam, he or she would be eligible to submit an application to take the current examination as a new candidate. A new candidate, upon receiving a failing score, is eligible to re-take the examination.
You will not be able to recertify if you have not kept your Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) current. When you receive notice 60 days prior to your Recertification date, you will also be reminded that the AMF will be due for the first year of your new term.
Important notices and reminders for Recertification and your Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) payments are sent by email. You are responsible for keeping a current email address on file, using the “Edit My Info” selection from the CPO®-only menu on this website.