So, you wanted to get your CBAP® or CCBA® certification, right? It is a significant accomplishment, to be sure. As soon as you achieve it, though, you will face a new challenge: maintaining it! Every three years, you must earn 60 CDUs (Continuing Development Units) to keep your certification active. And, as you might expect, the IIBA has another challenging application for you to complete. Just when you thought the CBAP and CCBA applications were behind you!
Here are some basic facts about re-certification:
• Your CBAP or CCBA status must be renewed every 3 years from the anniversary date of earning your initial credential.
• You need 60 CDUs every three years to re-certify. There are limits to the numbers of CDUs per category, so you must have CDUs from at least two categories.
• IIBA will notify you by email approximately 3 months in advance of your anniversary. You can download the necessary handbook, application, and reporting form.
Here are the steps to follow for re-certification, along with a little advice:
1. Document your BA experience, professional activities and training, and any volunteer work. It will be easy if you were diligent about recording your CDUs as you earn them, which is what I suggest. I did this only for some of my activities, and spent many hours assembling the missing data to complete my application. I learned the hard way and have already created a spreadsheet and have begun tracking all my CDUs for my next cycle!
2. Get the CBAP or CCBA Re-Certification Handbook, Re-certification Application Form, and CDU Reporting Form off the IIBA web site, iiba.org. The handbook lists examples of and the maximum CDUs you can claim in a 3-year period for each of the following six categories (current as of 2014):
Category CDU Activity / Max per 3 Year Cycle
1 Formal Academic Education / 30 CDUs
2 Professional Development / 30 CDUs
3 Professional Activities / 30 CDUs
4 Self Directed Learning / 15 CDUs
5 Volunteer Service / 30 CDUs
6 Professional Experience / 25 CDUs
3. Complete the applicable CDU Reporting Form (most time-consuming). The IIBA will carefully review each item you submit, so be detailed and thorough. Make sure you assemble any corresponding documentation, such as class certificates to support your application. (Note: all Watermark Learning BA classes are EEP-(Endorsed Education Provider) approved, which makes life easier. Save the CDU forms we provide with every training class, or contact us to get the EEP number for any course.) As an example, I had 21 CDUs in category two, way more than 30 CDUs in category three, 16 in category four, and many more than 30 CDUs in category five. I submitted everything, even though I had enough in only two of the categories.
4. Complete and sign the Application Form. The form is self-explanatory so no advice needed here. Include a check for the fee (as of this writing the fees were: $85.00 USD (IIBA-members) or $120.00 USD for non-members).
5. Mail the forms along with your fee. I sent my first re-cert packet certified mail to make sure it was received, and the 2nd by UPS. IIBA says your CBAP or CCBA status will lapse if they don’t receive your re-certification forms post-marked by your anniversary date. The same is true if you forget to send in your fee.
Then you wait, for up to 90 days to hear whether IIBA has approved your application. We all hope this timeframe will be shortened as more people re-certify.
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