1. Certification Status Definitions
Figure 1. Certification Status Timeline
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 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 status occurs after one year of Suspended status. CLA’s who fail to recertify before the end of their suspended period begin their recertification process with the CLD practical exam. CLD's who fail to recertify before the end of their suspended period begin their recertification process with the CLAD practical exam.
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
|Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer||1-hour multiple choice||Any Pearson VUE testing center (Americas,Europe, Middle East, Africa) or NI branch office (Asia/Pacific)|
|Certified LabVIEW Developer||1-hour multiple choice||Any Pearson VUE testing center (Americas,Europe, Middle East, Africa) or NI branch office (Asia/Pacific)|
|Certified LabVIEW Architect||1-hour multiple choice||Any Pearson VUE testing center (Americas,Europe, Middle East, Africa) or NI branch office (Asia/Pacific)|
|Certified LabVIEW Embedded Systems Developer||TBD||TBD|
|Certified TestStand Developer||1-hour multiple choice|
|Certified TestStand Architect||1-hour multiple choice|
|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
- 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: email@example.com
- Register for recertification exam with PearsonVUE at http://www.pearsonvue.com/ni/.
- 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
Step 2: Take your recertification exam as scheduled.
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 from the original expiration date - through March 1, 2013.
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|