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.
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:
In the suspended state, the following changes occur:
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. Architects and Developers who fail to recertify before the end of their suspended period become inactive. To become active, they restart their recertification process with the Developer practical exam.
All NI Certified Professionals can recertify by exam. Certified Professionals at the Developer level or above have the option to recertify by achieving and logging activity points. Each of those methods are outlined below.
Certified professionals (Developer or above) can recertify and maintain their certification status by participating and completing approved activities that earn points redeemable towards recertification. For additional information on recertifying with points, please review the new policy effective June 1st, 2023 or contact your NI representative.
Click here to download the Recertification by Points Policy.
The table below indicates available options for recertification by exam. Click the link to register for the option which best meets your needs. The link for exams at an “NI Location” will open a form which will allow you request contact by an NI representative who will attempt to schedule an exam session and location to meet your needs. Not all “NI Location” requests can be accommodated.
|Recertification Exam||Available Options||Available Test-Taking Locations|
|Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer||1 hr multiple choice||Retake the CLAD Online|
|Certified LabVIEW Developer||1 hr multiple choice or|
4 hr practical exam
|Take the CLD-R exam Online or|
Retake the CLD exam
|Certified LabVIEW Architect||1 hr multiple choice or|
4 hr practical exam
|Take the CLA-R exam Online or|
Retake the CLA exam
|Certified LabVIEW Embedded Systems Developer||5 hr practical exam||Retake the CLED-2 exam at an NI Location|
|Certified TestStand Developer||4 hr practical exam||Retake the CTD exam Online|
|Certified TestStand Architect||1 hr multiple choice||Retake the CTA exam Online|
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.
|Recertification Exam||To locate Preparation Materials|
|Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer||Click “Details” at CLAD Exam Main Page|
|Certified LabVIEW Developer||CLD-R exam preparation material|
|Certified LabVIEW Architect||CLA-R exam preparation material|
|Certified LabVIEW Embedded Systems Developer||CLED exam preparation material|
|Certified TestStand Developer||Click “Details” at CTD Exam Main Page|
|Certified TestStand Architect||Click “Details” at CTA Exam Main Page|