About CIP Recertification
CIPs must recertify every three years. Recertification must be accomplished prior to the certification expiration date to avoid a lapse. If the lapse in certification is greater than six months, a CIP must take and pass the examination in order to recertify. You must maintain a current certification if you wish to continue using the CIP credential after your name.
Recertification may always be achieved by retaking and passing the CIP® examination—visit the examination page for more information about how to apply and sit for the CIP exam. CIPs also have the option to recertify by continuing education (CE) twice in a nine-year period before being required to recertify by examination by completing and submitting a recertification by CE application and CEU Tracker.
Once an individual maintains their certification for over ten consecutive years, they may recertify solely through CE credit, and do not need to sit for the examination.
For example: Those who pass the CIP® exam in 2012 are able to recertify by either examination or CE in 2015 and 2018. If they recertified by CE both times, they must take the examination in 2021 in order to maintain their certification.