WQA's professional certifications are valid for three years. If a person's certification has not been renewed by the cycle's expiration date, the certification is considered lapsed or expired. The person's name will be placed in an inactive "decertified" file and the person's name will not appear in the online Find Certified Professionals directory.
Expiration due to lack of CPD credits
A person whose certification has lapsed because he or she failed to earn the required CPD credits must retake and pass their most recent examination in order to become recertified. The recertified person will then begin a new three-year certification cycle, and must earn the required CPD credits within that new cycle. Credits from the previous cycle will not carry over.
Reinstatement by such means may not occur more than 2 cycles in a row. If the certificant fails to obtain sufficient continuing education credit in the third cycle, he/she will be required to complete the Already-Certified education pathway(s) in the MEP and retake the exam(s) for their most recent certification title(s).
For example, a person holding the MWS and CI titles will be required to complete the Already-Certified pathways for both titles and retake both exams. All normal fees for the paths and exams apply.
Reinstatement after certification expiration due to non-payment of recertifcation fees
A person who had already earned all of the required CPD credits needed by the recertification deadline, but has allowed the certification to lapse because of non-payment of the certification renewal fee, is eligible to seek reinstatement during a limited stated period of time and thereby avoid retaking the basic exam. Reinstatement without examination requires that the eligible person pay the regular certification renewal fee plus an additional $50 reinstatement fee no less than five months after the expiration date.
The reinstated person will then begin a new three-year certification cycle, and must earn the required CPD credits within that new cycle. Credits from the previous cycle are considered null and void and will not be carried over. If the person does not meet the reinstatement deadline, he or she must retake their most recent exam to be recertified.