CE Audit at a Glance

What:

  • All recertification and CE Audit requirements must be met by stated deadlines.

  • Deficiencies(CE hours and/or required documentation) identified during the audit must be removed.

  • Certification status remains active during the CE Audit process and until the CE Audit process is complete, as long as the annual certification fees are paid up to date.

  • Failure to fully meet all requirements will result in your certification being terminated.

What Next:

  • If you pass the CE Audit, your next recertification period begins when you receive written notice of passing the audit.

  • If you fail the CE Audit:

    • Your certification will be terminated and you are no longer entitled to use the CDM, CFPP credential or represent yourself as being certified.

    • To become certified again, you will be required to meet a current pathway of eligibility, submit a new exam application with fees for review and approval, receive a passing score on the CDM Credentialing Exam, and activate your certification within one year of passing the exam.

    • You have the right to appeal the outcome of the CE Audit in accordance with the appeals policy.

The CBDM made a policy change in January 2019 requiring CDM, CFPPs to meet all CE requirements (45 total continuing education hours, including 9 Sanitation/Safety CE hours and 1 Professional Ethics CE hour) by May 31 of the last year of their three-year recertification period. Individuals not meeting this requirement, would have their CDM, CFPP credential terminated. This policy was to be implemented as of May 31, 2020.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented challenges that we find our professional dealing with, the CBDM has made the decision to postpone implementation of this policy. Therefore, current recertification policies will remain in place.

What does this mean for me? For individuals whose three-year recertification period ends this year, i.e., May 31, 2020, your certification will not be terminated for not meeting the CE hour requirements. You will automatically be placed in the CE Audit process. Notification of your selection for CE Audit will be emailed to you at the email address on file in your record. To avoid missing critical communications about required actions and deadlines, make sure your contact information in your record is accurate and current. Failure to meet all recertification and CE Audit requirements will result in your certification being terminated.

Watch your emails for updates to CBDM polices or other matters regarding the CDM, CFPP Certification Program. You may also contact CBDM at info@CBDMonline.org or 800.323.1908, select option 1 (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST).

Why:

To assure certified individuals comply with CBDM recertification requirements to maintain the CDM, CFPP credential. Maintaining your certification demonstrate your commitment to professional growth and continued competence.

When:

Conducted annually. Selected individuals are notified on June 1 about selection for the CE Audit and required actions.

Who:

  • CDM, CFPPs whose three-year recertification periods ends May 31 may be randomly selected for the CE Audit, even if they have reported the minimum required CE requirements.

  • Others who do not comply with laws and regulations related to the profession, including ethical violations, may be selected.

Download the CBDM Guide to Maintaining
Your CDM, CFPP Credential

For more detailed information about the following recertification policies, refer to the CBDM Guide to Maintaining your CDM, CFPP Credential and the Self-Reporting Frequently Asked Questions.

  • CE requirements
  • Eligible CE activities and required documentation
  • Recertification and CE Audit policy
  • How to self-report CE

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Informational Video on CE Audit

To learn more about the CE Audit, watch the following informational video.