Continued use of the CO-OP® credential requires recertification every four years. Recertification demonstrates that the practitioner has kept abreast of developments in the field and has maintained a level of professional knowledge consistent with status as a certified practitioner.
The certification period begins with the date that certification (or recertification) is granted by the Board of Certification. This date may be found on your CO-OP® certificate. The certificant may apply for recertification at any time during his or her final year of certified status, but it is suggested that candidates begin the process at least 60 days in advance of the expiration of current certification to avoid a lapse. A certificant who does not recertify prior to the expiration of the current four-year certification period will be treated as a new candidate. The Appeals Committee may consider requests for exceptions to this policy.
Recertification will not be granted to those practitioners whose credential has become invalid because they have served in a position described as an "organizational ombudsman" which does not permit adherence to IOA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, or to those whose use of the credential was revoked through the procedures of the Ethics Complaint Procedure. A certificant applying for recertification is not required to document additional experience in the organizational ombudsman role after the date of the original certification.
Recertification is contingent upon documentation of 60 Professional Development Hours (60 PDHs) of continuing professional education during the applicant's current four-year period of certification. PDHs will be calculated on an hour-for-hour basis. Thus, attendance at an approved three-hour workshop will be credited as three PDHs. However, the sixty hours do not need to be evenly distributed among the four years. That is, 15 PDHs per year are not required; an applicant may have five PDHs one year and 25 another year. The application for recertification must also be accompanied by payment of the current re-certification fee.
PDHs are credited for educational programs that are approved by the Board of Certification Recertification Committee. These courses must be related to the organizational ombudsman role and must fall under one or more of the three major content domains (listed below) that comprise the organizational ombudsman Job Analysis, which are also the subject matter bases for the certification examination: