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.
- 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.