Frequently Asked Questions
- What is SPēD Certification Maintenance?
- How do I maintain my certification(s)?
- What happens if I fail to maintain my certification(s)?
- My certification expired. How do I get it back?
- What is a professional development unit (PDU)? What counts as a PDU?
- How long do I have to complete my certification maintenance?
- Can I get an extension to complete my certification maintenance?
- What is a certification renewal form (CRF)? Where do I find the CRF?
- What happens after I submit my certification renewal form (CRF)?
- Why do I need to maintain my certification(s), anyway?
Why do I need to maintain my certification(s), anyway?
Department of Defense (DoD) Manual (DoDM) 3305.13-M, "DoD Security Accreditation and Certification," and national accreditation standards set by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) mandate certification renewal and maintenance. These standards require certifying agencies to have a plan for periodic recertification and to provide evidence the certification program effectively measures or enhances an individual's continuing competence.
In order to meet these accreditation and certification standards as set by the DoD and NCCA, SPēD certifications must be renewed every two years by accruing and recording 100 professional development units (PDUs).