Reviewing Certification Maintenance
It is the responsibility of the CLSO/CMLSO to submit the completed CM worksheet and recertification fee ($150) on time. Notices will be sent out via email, and/or mail, only as a reminder to turn them in.
CM points may only be earned during the active cycle - points earned and claimed after the December 31st deadline will not count. All worksheets must be postmarked by January 31st (grace period) after the third year. Failure to recertify by January 31st will result in Inactive Status. To restore status, submission of the CM worksheet accompanied with the recertification fee and a late fee of $50 will be accepted up to, and including, May 31st. After that time, it will be necessary to retake the exam to become certified again, which requires the full application process including all application fees, exam fees, and application materials.
CM worksheets should include all supporting documentation. The BLS may ask for additional supporting documentation when reviewing the CM worksheet. Once a CM worksheet has been reviewed and accepted by the BLS, a letter stating certification has been maintained will be sent to the CLSO/CMLSO.
If there are any questions with the CM worksheet, the BLS will contact the CLSO/CMLSO for clarification. The CLSO/CMLSO then has 60 days to resolve the situation with the BLS. If the situation is not resolved, the individual will go to Inactive Status.
Applying for CM Credit
Organizations or individuals may apply for CM credits.
If an organization believes it offers products and services that are beneficial to the continuing education of CLSOs or CMLSOs, it may submit its offerings to the BLS for consideration.
If an individual attends a training course, or participates in an activity that is currently not approved for CM points, the information may be submitted to the BLS for consideration.
The completed CM Point Request Form should be emailed, faxed, or mailed directly to the BLS with supporting documentation for consideration. The CM point approval process takes approximately one month. Only activities that contribute to continuing education in the area of lasers and laser safety will be considered. If an activity is pre-approved by the BLS for CM points, a unique BLS approval code along with the number of CM points to be awarded will be assigned and should be referenced on your CM Worksheet. Pre-approved activities may still require supporting documentation such as a certificate of attendance.
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