Your certification renewal cycle is five years from the date of certification. For instance, if your certification period commences on January 15, 2013, you will need to renew your certification before 12:59 pm EST on January 14, 2018.
Renewal Notice Process
- The NBMTM will send out renewal notices/invoices two (2) months prior to the expiration date of your credential. Renewal fees must be paid, and RCU documentation must be approved by the date of expiration, in case of an audit.
- There is a 30-day grace period for individuals who miss the renewal deadline. Certified professionals may renew an expired credential by paying the renewal fee, a $50 late fee, and submitting RCUs (regardless of audit status) no later than 30 calendar days after the credential’s expiration date.
- Individuals who fail to meet the renewal requirements within 30 calendar days of the credential’s expiration date will automatically be placed on inactive status and must complete the Reinstatement Process to recertify.
It is crucial that certified professionals understand the following NBMTM policy related to renewal:
Payment of certification-related fees is the individual’s responsibility. The NBMTM invoices the individual who holds the credential. If an employer pays some or all renewal fees, the certified individual is responsible for ensuring that fees are paid on time to the NBMTM. The NBMTM will not waive late fees or extend timelines for failure to renew.
Awareness of certification expiration date(s) is also the individual’s responsibility. The NBMTM sends a renewal notice/invoice to the mailing and email addresses on file. It is the certified individual’s responsibility to make sure the NBMTM has the correct mailing and email addresses. If a certified individual does not receive a notice/invoice at least 45 days before the expiration date, they must contact the NBMTM to request a new notice/invoice. The NBMTM will not waive late fees or extend timelines for failure to update contact information or if invoices were “lost” in hard copy or email.
The NBMTM randomly audits about 5% of the certified population after the renewal cycle has ended.
How to Earn RCUs
Your recertification activities must meet the following requirements:
- Timing: Activities must be completed during your five-year renewal cycle.
- Relevance: At least 50% of the activity content must relate to one or more exam objectives for the certification you’re renewing.
- Documentation: You’ll need to provide documentation to receive RCUs.