How to Recertify
The Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis Professional® (FP&A) credential is valid for three years. The expiration date is printed on your certificate and is on the summary page of the AFP Online Recertification Resource Center.
For ease in record keeping, all three-year recertification cycles begin July 1 of the examination year and ends June 30 of the third year.
The reporting year is the actual year that you are required to submit the 45 credits earned over the three-year recertification cycle and the recertification reporting fee. All credits must be earned by June 30 of your reporting year. The standard deadline to report credits is August 15 and the late deadline to report credits is October 15.
Example: 2018 reporting year includes credits earned from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018.
AFP will send reminder notifications via e-mail. Non-receipt of a recertification reminder does not waive the requirement to recertify and will not serve as an appeal to revocation. Please notify AFP if your e-mail or other contact information changes.
Recertification credits should be reported based on the following:
- Only qualified educational activities in approved topics should be reported.
- An activity should be listed exactly as the title appears on the printed materials for the event.
- Do not forward supporting documentation of attendance or participation to AFP when filing your recertification credits
Certificants have two options for reporting credits earned. The first and preferred option is the AFP Online Recertification Resource Center credit tracking tool (see below for more information regarding the online submission of credits). Once you have earned and logged all 45 credits, the tool will prompt you to pay your recertification fee online using a credit card. That is the only accepted payment method for online recertification. Please do not send checks or wires for online recertification.
Submitting Recertification Credits Online
AFP offers a convenient way to track and submit recertification credits with the AFP Online Recertification Resource Center.
This tool can be accessed only by certificants whose FP&A Professional credential is in good standing.
Why use it?
- It's an easy way to keep track of recertification credits needed to maintain the FP&A Professional credential.
- It's available to view, update, and print 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- It automatically calculates your eligible recertification credits and remaining credits needed to recertify.
- It creates a permanent record of all your continuing education and professional development activities for any purpose (i.e. work requirements, resume writing, reporting continuing education for other certifications).
- By submitting your recertification credits and payment online rather than the Recertification Reporting Form, you will receive a $25 discount.
How to use it:
- When you complete an activity, just log on to the AFP Online Recertification Resource Center to access and update your credits.
- When you complete listing the 45 required credits, click the prompt “CONGRATULATIONS. YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECERTIFY. CLICK HERE TO RECERTIFY” to submit your Online Recertification Form and recertification fee. Immediately you will receive an email confirming your certification has been renewed for another three years!
- After submitting the 45 credit hours you will be able to continue adding other continuing education activities. The form will accept all credits earned within the 3 year cycle. The credits above the required 45 will be recorded under the column "Total Credits." After reaching the 45 credit requirement, no additional credit will be added to the "Eligible Credits" column.
The second option is to submit the Recertification Reporting Form. This option must be used when paying by check or wire. The Recertification Reporting Form requires an additional $25 fee. To avoid this fee, pleas utilize the online tracking tool mentioned in the above paragraph to submit your credits.
Please complete the form as indicated and submit it via mail or fax to AFP. You may only submit this form once all 45 recertification credits have been earned. Therefore, do not send in the Recertification Reporting Form multiple times with less than 45 recertification credits reported. The only exception to this rule is for approved extensions.
For additional details regarding the recertification process, please visit the AFP Online Recertification Resource Center.