I took my exam before June 1st--you are due May 31st
I took my exam after June 1st--you are due November 30th
I took my exam in 2017 or earlier--your due date is 5 years from your certification. *
I took my exam in 2018 or later--your due date is 3 years from your certification.
*Beginning in 2018, all CAP holders will begin transitioning to the 3-year recertification cycle. This will happen on your next recertification due date. (i.e.: your due date is May 31st, 2019 since you took your exam before June 1st in 2014. After you recertify on May 31st, 2019, your next due date is May 31st, 2022.)
Do I have enough points to recertify?
Recertification points are a measure of continuing education units- one hour equals one point. (You can earn points beginning in 15-minute increments.) You can earn recertification points in these categories.*
Professional Development (all Professional Development points must relate directly to the CAP Body of Knowledge)
Industry-Specific Professional Development
For more detailed information on what qualifies for recertification and how many points, download the recertification pages from the Certification Handbook. Keep track of all the points you earn on a tracking spreadsheet:
If you are in a Five-Year recertification cycle, you must have 60 recertification points. If you are in a Three-Year recertification cycle, you must have 36 recertification points. (An average of 12 points per year is recommended) Keep a separate file for your personal records of all your support documentation, including verification of attendance, description of education, date, and length of time. Leadership position documentation (other than IAAP) should be a letter from the organization that includes your position, primary duties, and service length. Do not send in supporting documents when submitting your recertification application. They are only needed in the case of a random audit.
*A minimum and maximum number of points exists for each category. These can be found on the tracking spreadsheet.
How do I apply for recertification?
① You must complete a Recertification Application, including payment information.
② E-mail the application, along with your tracking spreadsheet, to email@example.com.
③ No need to send supporting documentation unless it is requested for audit purposes.
You can submit your application and spreadsheet up to 180 days before your due date for processing if you have all your points; however, you cannot earn points for the next recertification cycle until after your due date has passed.
You may submit your application and spreadsheet up to 120 days after* your due date has passed provided that:
You earned all necessary points before your due date.
You pay a late fee in addition to the recertification fee.
NOTE: If you do not recertify within the 120-day grace period, your CAP credentials are revoked; your must apply and sit for the exam again. If your reason for failing to recertify is due to extenuating circumstances, such as illness or military deployment, you may complete an Appeals Form and submit it for review by the Certification Administration Committee.
How can I earn points?
IAAP offers varied opportunities for CAP designees to attain recertification points:
NOTE: The CAP (Ret.) classification is optional for designees who have retired. You can continue the recertification cycle as normal to keep the CAP designation active post retirement with no notification to IAAP.
If you have the CAP (Ret.) classification and are returning to the workforce, your options are:
If your CAP was active within the last two years, submit a Reactivation Application, including payment details for the Reactivation Fee ($50/IAAP member or $100/non-member). You are exempt from meeting the recertification point requirement upon reactivation. Standard recertification requirements apply on your next due date.
If your CAP was active over two years ago, you must apply, pay, and sit for the exam again to earn an active CAP. Should you choose not to take the CAP again, you must notify IAAP to remove your CAP (Ret.) credential.
Congratulations! You’ve earned your CAP, which is a huge accomplishment. But knowing you like we do, you are probably thinking “What can I do next?” The CAP specialties are not only a great way to earn your required recertification points, but they also are a fantastic way to build on the knowledge you gained earning CAP; they take a deep dive into a specific content area, proving a mastery in that area.
CAP specialties can only be earned through IAAP; below are the specialties currently available: