National Instruments Recertification Policy and Process
Updated Sep 10, 2020
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.
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.
Recertification points cannot be earned in the suspended state. However, points earned prior to suspension can be claimed and logged while suspended.
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.
Recertification by Points
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 information on recertifying with points, click here to download the full policy.
Recertification by Exam
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 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, 2021, and you fail the recertification exam on February 1, 2021, your certification is still valid until March 1, 2021. However, you will need to retake and pass the recertification exam to extend your certification status beyond March 1, 2021.
Recertification interval: For example, if your certification has a 2-year expiration cycle and expires March 1, 2021, and you take and pass a recertification exam on February 1, 2021, your certification will remain active for 2 years from the original expiration date - through March 1, 2023.