Certification Renewal Cycles

The FCB has three renewal cycles, and the renewal fee and CEU requirements vary with the credential. Certified professionals are required to renew their credential(s) on or before the expiration date.

Renewal Cycle Credentials Renewing
Biennial, in October CWPI, CWCM, CWLC, CWPI-S, CWCM-S, CWLC-S, CWPI-Spec, CWCM-Spec, CWLC-Spec, CCPP, CWT, CCHW

Renewal Notice Process

  1. The FCB will send out renewal notice/invoices two (2) months prior to the credential expiration date.  Renewal fees must be paid and, if audited, CEU documentation must be approved no later than the date of expiration.
  2. There is a 30 calendar 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 for each credential, and submitting CEUs (regardless of audit status) no later than 30 calendar days after the credential’s expiration date.
  3. Individuals who do not meet renewal requirements within 30 calendar days of the credential’s expiration date will automatically be placed on inactive status and must complete the FCB Reinstatement Process to recertify.  Please note:  individuals earning a credential during a grandparenting/reciprocity period must pass the written test and meet any additional standards as part of the reinstatement process.

It is critical that certified professionals understand the following FCB policy related to renewal:

Payment of certification-related fees is an individual responsibility.  The FCB invoices the individual who holds the credential.  If a certified individual works for an employer that pays some or all renewal fees, the certified individual is responsible for ensuring that fees are paid in a timely manner to the FCB.  The FCB will not waive late fees or extend timelines for failure to renew.

Awareness of certification expiration date(s) is an individual responsibility.  The FCB will send a renewal notice/invoice to the mailing and email addresses on file with the FCB.  Ensuring the FCB has current mailing and email addresses is the responsibility of the certified individual.  If a certified individual does not receive a notice/invoice at least 45 days prior to the credential’s expiration date, the certified individual must call the FCB to request a new notice/invoice.  The FCB 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 FCB randomly audits approximately 5% of the certified population after the renewal cycle has closed.  If you are selected for CEU Audit, please use this CEU Audit Cover Sheet when you submit CEU documentation.