National Instruments Recertification Policy and Process

Publish Date: Mar 17, 2014 | 53 Ratings | 3.21 out of 5 |  PDF

Overview

Recertification is important for certified professionals and their employers: it demonstrates up-to-date expertise with the software as new features are released and maintains the certified professional's presence as a product expert in the technical community. To keep certifications current, the certified individual should advance to take the next higher certification level or recertify at the current level. National Instruments sends a recertification reminder prior to your expiration date.

Table of Contents

  1. Certification Status Definitions
  2. Recertification Process
  3. Early Recertification
  4. Preparing for Your Recertification Exam

1. Certification Status Definitions

Figure 1. Certification Status Timeline

Active

Active status is achieved immediately after passing a certification or recertification exam. The length of time in which active status is in effect varies by certification type: Associate Developer - 2 years, Developer - 3 years, Architect - 4 years and Specialty (CLED) - 5 years.

Suspended (Expired)

Suspended status results if a certified individual does not pass either:

  • The recertification exam OR
  • The exam for the next level of certification OR
  • Does not recertify by points

prior to the expiration date of the certification.  In the suspended state, the following changes occur:

  • The individual’s name is removed from the list of certified professionals on ni.com.  
  • The individual will not be allowed to take the exam for the next level of certification without first recertifying at the current level.

Suspended status is cleared and changed to Active upon passing the recertification exam within a year of the date of suspension.  

Inactive

Inactive status occurs after one year of Suspended status. Architects who fail to recertify before the end of their suspended period begin their recertification process with the Developer practical exam. Developers who fail to recertify before the end of their suspended period begin their recertification process with the Associate Developer exam.

Note: When Certified TestStand Developers become Inactive, retake the CTD Exam. When Certified CVI Developers become Inactive, they retake the CCVID Exam. 

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2. Recertification Process

Certified Professionals can recertify by two methods, recertification by exam or recertification by activity points. Each of those methods are outlined below. 

Recertification by Points

Certified professionals can recertify and maintain their certification status by participating and completing approved activities that earn and accumulate points redeemable towards recertification. For information on recertifying with points, click here to download the full policy. 

Recertification by Exam

Recertification Exam Details

Recertification Exam Format Location
Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer 1-hour multiple choice Any Pearson VUE testing center (Americas,Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia/Pacific)
Certified LabVIEW Developer 1-hour multiple choice Any Pearson VUE testing center (Americas,Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia/Pacific)
Certified LabVIEW Architect 1-hour multiple choice Any Pearson VUE testing center (Americas,Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia/Pacific)
Certified LabVIEW Embedded Systems Developer TBD TBD
Certified TestStand Developer 1-hour multiple choice Any Pearson VUE testing center (Americas,Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia/Pacific)
Certified TestStand Architect 1-hour multiple choice Any Pearson VUE testing center (Americas,Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia/Pacific)
Certified LabWindows/CVI Developer 4-hour application development NI training center, branch office, or onsite at your location

 

The table above indicates  possible locations for taking a recertification exam.  Depending on the location where you will take the exam, the recertification process differs slightly.

Recertification Process for Exams to be Taken at Pearson VUE Testing Centers

  1. For CLAD or CTD recertification, skip this step and go to step 2.  For CLD-R, CLA-R or CTA recertification, obtain an authorization code for recertification exam from National Instruments by emailing: certification@ni.com 
  2. Register for recertification exam with PearsonVUE at http://www.pearsonvue.com/ni/.
  3. Take your recertification exam at your nearest Pearson VUE location.

Recertification Process for All Other Exams

Step 1: Contact your local National Instruments office to register for your recertification exam 

Online/phone: ni.com/contact 

Email: certification@ni.com

Step 2: Take your recertification exam as scheduled.

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3. Early Recertification

Recertification exams can be taken up to four months prior to your expiration date.  Exams taken within this window do not alter your current certification status, nor do they lessen the recertification interval.  

  • Current certification status:  If, for example, you are an active Certified LabVIEW Developer whose certification expires March 1, 2011, and you fail the recertification exam on February 1, 2011, your certification is still valid until March 1, 2011.  However, you will need to retake and pass the recertification exam to extend your certification status beyond March 1, 2011.
  • Recertification interval: For example, if your certification expires March 1, 2011, and you take and pass a recertification exam on February 1, 2011, your certification will remain active for 2 years (depending on exam taken) from the original expiration date - through March 1, 2013.

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4. Preparing for Your Recertification Exam

Recertification Exam Preparation Materials
Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer CLAD exam preparation guide and practice exams
Certified LabVIEW Developer CLD-R exam preparation guide and practice exams
Certified LabVIEW Architect CLA-R exam preparation guide and practice exams
Certified LabVIEW Embedded Systems Developer TBD
Certified TestStand Developer CTD exam preparation guide
Certified TestStand Architect CTA exam preparation guide
Certified LabWindows/CVI Developer CCVID exam preparation guide

 

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