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Certification Renewal Program

Effective January 1, 2005, all IMSA Certifications will be issued “valid” for a three (3) year period from the date of issuance by the International Office. The expiration date will be printed on all Certificates and Certification Cards. Depending on the date the Certification was granted, Certificates and Certification Cards that do not have an expiration date printed on them may not be recognized by IMSA as “valid or current certification” under the new “Certification Renewal Program”. This requirement will be phased in, based on the date on which Certification was initially granted and eventually will apply to all IMSA Certifications and will require issuance of new Certificates and Certification Cards to all individuals that are certified prior to January 1, 2005.

Section 1.0 Transition to Renewal System


1.1    The International Office will mail out request letters to all certified individuals requesting them to provide a letter of confirmation stating that the individual has been active or is currently employed in a field related to the respective certification currently held.

1.2    The letter of confirmation must be signed and returned to the International Office stating that the certified individual has been active or is currently employed in a field of practice relevant to the appropriate certification. The letter of confirmation will be provided with the mail out (Sec. 1.1) from the International Office.

1.3    All request letters for individuals holding certifications that were granted prior to January 1, 1990 will be mailed out before January 1, 2005. These certified individuals will have until the “cut off date” of June 30, 2005 to return the letter of confirmation to the International Office in order to receive renewal for the certificate held.

1.4    All request letters for individuals holding certifications that were granted from January 1, 1990 to December 31, 1999 will be mailed out before January 1, 2006. These certified individuals will have until the “cut off date” of June 30, 2006 to return the letter of confirmation to the International Office in order to receive renewal for the certificate held.

1.5    All request letters for individuals holding certifications that were granted from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2004 will be mailed out before January 1, 2007. These certified individuals will have until the “cut off date” of June 30, 2007 to return the letter of confirmation to the International Office in order to receive renewal for the certificate held.

1.6    After receipt of the letter of confirmation, IMSA will issue new Certificate(s) and Certification Card(s) with the expiration date printed on them. Depending on the date the original Certification was granted and subject to the “cut off date” deadlines (Section 1.2, 1.3, 1.4), Certificates and Certification Cards that do not have an expiration date printed on them will not be recognized by IMSA as “valid or current certification” under the new “Certification Renewal Program”. Depending on the date the original Certification was granted and subject to the “cut off date” deadlines, this requirement eventually will apply to all IMSA Certifications.

1.7    The first renewal Certificate(s) and Certification Card(s) will be issued in the order that the letters of confirmation are received by the International Office. Applications received for renewal after the “cut off date” will be required to apply for renewal choosing one (1) of the options described in Section 2.2, Options for Renewal.

1.8    IMSA will place notice(s) in the IMSA Journal, on its web site and in other publications that are currently utilized, describing establishment of this new Certification Renewal Process. All Sections of IMSA shall be encouraged to utilize any and all means practical to make this information available to all who may be interested.

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