Recertification Fee Policy

If renewing by CM points, the recertification fee of $150 is due at the end of the 3-year certification cycle when a CLSO or CMLSO has been approved for renewal. Failure to submit the renewal form, supporting documentation, and recertification fee by the January 31st deadline will result in Inactive Status. A CLSO or CMLSO who turns in his/her form after the January 31st deadline must also submit a $50.00 late fee. The cut-off date for late submission is May 31st following the close of your certification cycle.

If renewing by exam, the recertification fee of $150 is due before the exam is taken and replaces the exam fee. The retake policy does not apply to taking the exam-in-lieu-of-points. The $50 application fee is waived.   

Deadlines:

December 31st of the 3rd year of certification cycle: Deadline to earn CM points toward renewal or take exam to renew.
January 31st following the end of certification cycle: Deadline to submit renewal paperwork and $150 fee without late fee
May 31st following the end of the certification cycle: Deadline to submit renewal paperwork with $150 fee and $50 late fee.

After the May 31st deadline, applications for renewal will no longer be accepted. Candidates who wish to become certified again must apply to sit for the exam with application, application fee, references, and full exam fees, and must pass the exam. 

To view recertification forms, click here