It is important to maintain your certification. Continuance of Certification (CoC), also known as recertification, tells the world you are serious about your profession. It also lets potential employers know you are aware of current developments in your field, and that you are interested in remaining up-to-date with new information.
A recertification process is best practice for certification bodies and required for accreditation. Therefore continuance of certification is mandatory. Lack of worksheet submission leads to loss of certification.
Individuals holding full Professional certification (CPE®, CHFP®, or CUXP®) must submit CoC evidence every 5 years. This 5-year cycle is consistent with the review of the core competencies of the profession.
The CoC Worksheet (docx) provides guidance on completing and submitting your completed worksheet. Your certification number is provided in your Certificant Profile if needed.
You will receive an email reminder at the beginning of the month your worksheet is due. Please submit completed CoC worksheets through your Certificant Profile or to the email provided on the worksheet. Certified professionals must delineate professional activities in at least 2 of 5 areas amounting to a minimum of 100 points over 5 years. The five areas are:
Working as a certified ergonomist.
Receiving or providing ergonomics-related training.
Ergonomics-related services to societies, committees or standards development activities.
Publishing ergonomics-related articles, papers or internal/external company reports.
Attendance or participation at ergonomics-related professional conference/meeting.
Each worksheet is closely reviewed. You will be contacted if there are questions or clarification is needed. Expect an outcome of the review within 8 weeks from worksheet submission. An approved worksheet leads to recertification for another 5 years.
BCPE conducts periodic audits of randomly selected worksheets to ensure the process is working. Those whose worksheets are selected must submit supporting documentation as described in the CoC Audit Notes verifying the activities listed on their worksheet. Certificants are advised to keep documentation of their CoC points until the submitted worksheet has been approved and they receive notification of their recertification.
Certificants who do not submit a worksheet or who do not satisfy the requirements after at least three reminders, will lose their certification. The loss of certification is communicated by certified mail and the individual will no longer be listed in the directories and their name will be published in the BCPE newsletter.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Continuance of Certification, are provided in the CoC FAQs.