Continued use of the CO-OP® credential requires recertification every four years.
The purpose of recertification is to verify that the CO-OP® practitioner has:
To maintain use of the CO-OP® credential, practitioners shall:
The Recertification Committee approves Professional Development Hours (PDH) that:
Recertification requires completion of 60 PDH during the applicant's current four-year period of certification. Even distribution of hours among the four years is not required. For example, an applicant may have five PDH one year and 25 another year.
Professional Development Hours may include the following:
2. Presenter-Instructor + Preparation
Applicants may receive PDH for presenting or instructing, as well as for related preparation.
Please note: Applicants may receive PDH only one time for any given presentation and only once for preparation for a given presentation.
3. To qualify, presentations must provide substantive content from one or more of the CO-OP domains. For example, presentations solely focused on raising awareness of the ombuds office, or office marketing, will not qualify for PDH credit.
4. IOA Mentoring
Applicants may receive PDH for mentoring, with an assigned mentee, in the IOA Mentoring Program.
Applicants may receive PDH for conducting original research and publication of books and articles related to one or more of the job content domains outlined above.
The recertification period begins with the date the Board of Certification grants certification or Recertification Committee grants recertification. This date is located on your CO-OP® certificate or in the email granting recertification.
Please submit your application and all materials via email to certification@Ombudsassociation.org and to firstname.lastname@example.org