- Complete and report a total of 40 CE hours including 2 ethics hours and 1 taxes/regulations hour
- Pay the certification renewal fee
- Complete the compliance requirement - Compliance (U4 disclosures) & Institute Code of Professional Responsibility disclosure
- Please review the Renewal Requirements page for more information on maintaining certification
All certificants receive an automatic two-year membership upon first becoming certified. If a certificant maintains their certification, that individual is an active member.
Membership aligns with your certification renewal date. While a Basic membership is provided, members upgrade to Signature or Elite membership at the time of renewal or anytime during their two-year membership period. By upgrading to Signature or Elite membership, certificants have exclusive benefits to the CE library, discounts on events and courses – and much more.
No, CE can be earned from a variety of sources. Please check the Current Approved Providers page on the website to find the preapproved providers.
There are two Reinstatement options available to individuals who are no longer certified (CE option for applying for reinstatement within 2 years of termination date, Exam option for applying past 2 years). **See reinstatement policy.
No, accepted CE hours apply towards all Institute Certifications.
- No. Unfortunately extensions are not available.
- Not Licensed: Certificants who have not met all renewal requirements will receive an email stating they are no longer licensed on the next business day after certification renewal requirements are due. They then have an additional week to meet all requirements before they get an official Relinquishment letter.
- Relinquishment: Relinquishment letter, reinstatement policy and reinstatement application is mailed via certified mail one week after the Not Licensed email is received.
- Auto Email is sent at 1 year, 180 days, 90, 60, 30, 15, 7 prior to renewal date
- 90 day letter is mailed to primary address on record
- We will reach out to you personally, by phone or email, as it gets closer to your renewal date.
We offer a Leave of Absence for certificants in this situation. They have to send an email (30 days before renewal date) requesting an LOA to firstname.lastname@example.org and it must be approved. Reasons one usually applies: personal illness, family emergency, pregnancy difficulties, taking care of sick family member etc. Unemployment, job change or being busy doesn’t qualify for an LOA.
No, there is not a retirement status. Certificants can remain certified if they meet all 3 renewal requirements. Certificants who are retiring may submit a request to voluntarily drop their certification. Voluntary Drop status does result in the individual no longer being certified, and they would have to go through reinstatement should they wish to earn the certification back. For this, they are not certified and cannot use the marks. Voluntary Drop requests must be sent to email@example.com.
Yes. We have an email titled Letter of Good standing that will confirm an individual holds certification and it is in good standing. You may request a Letter of Good Standing via email.
No. We do not accept payments over the phone. Certification renewal payments may be paid online under the My Renewal Requirements area of the Dashboard, or a Certification Renewal Invoice can be sent to the certificant to complete with payment information. The Certification Renewal Invoice can be downloaded from the My Renewal Requirements area of the Dashboard or downloaded from NetForum to be emailed to the certificant.
You may report CE online through the Dashboard. After logging into your Dashboard, click on Report CE to begin the reporting process.
Yes. Under the My Renewal Requirements area of the Dashboard there is a CE Summary button that will provide you with a summary of CE courses/programs that have been reported to your current renewal period.
Yes. Once you click on the CE Summary Button under My Renewal Requirements there will be a drop down at the top of the page that will allow you to select a past renewal period.
You may print off a receipt from the My Transactions area of your Dashboard. There is a My Transactions link on the left side of your Dashboard.
Unfortunately we are unable to verify CE over the phone AND are unable to review events before they occur.
You may verify if a CIMA®
certification are certified by utilizing the Find an Exceptional Advisor
search tool online. Only individuals with an active CIMA®
certification will show online.
Absolutely. Feel free to contact the Certification Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 303.770.3377 option 2 with any questions.
Individuals who complete in-person or online continuing education from a third party that is not a CE Sponsor or the Institute will pay a US $5/per credit hour fee to add the hours to their CE record. The hours will be applied to the 40-hour CE requirement immediately upon entry.
No. You should retain all documentation in the event you are audited, but you will not upload, email or mail supporting documentation when you report Self-Reported CE through your online Dashboard.
Yes. You can complete in-person or online continuing education hours from a CE Sponsor or independent third party.
No. Programs completed through a registered CE Sponsor (Sponsored CE) can be reported through your online Dashboard using the assigned program/course ID specific to that program. CE credit is applied to your certification record immediately upon completion, and no fee is applied.
Both live and online programs completed through the Institute will be reported on your behalf approximately 10 business days after the conclusion of a live event, and two business days after completion of an online program.
You will receive all CE hours needed for a certification period for CFP® (excluding ethics)
You will receive 40 CE hours for CIMA® and/or RMA® certification, including ethics and tax & regulations.
Your Certificate should be received approximately 8 weeks after you have signed your license agreement