National Instruments Recertification Policy and Process


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.


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 (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  
  • 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. 

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. 

Recertification Process

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 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.

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 Exam Details

Recertification ExamAvailable OptionsAvailable Test-Taking Locations
Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer1 hr multiple choiceRetake the CLAD Online
Certified LabVIEW Developer1 hr multiple choice or
4 hr practical exam
Take the CLD-R exam Online or
Retake the CLD exam
Certified LabVIEW Architect1 hr multiple choice or
4 hr practical exam
Take the CLA-R exam Online or
Retake the CLA exam
Certified LabVIEW Embedded Systems Developer5 hr practical examRetake the CLED-2 exam at an NI Location
Certified TestStand Developer4 hr practical examRetake the CTD exam Online
Certified TestStand Architect1 hr multiple choiceRetake the CTA exam Online

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, 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.

Preparing for Your Recertification Exam

Recertification ExamTo locate Preparation Materials
Certified LabVIEW Associate DeveloperClick “Details” at CLAD Exam Main Page
Certified LabVIEW DeveloperCLD-R exam preparation material
Certified LabVIEW ArchitectCLA-R exam preparation material
Certified LabVIEW Embedded Systems DeveloperCLED exam preparation material
Certified TestStand DeveloperClick “Details” at CTD Exam Main Page
Certified TestStand ArchitectClick “Details” at CTA Exam Main Page