Are there maintenance requirements for the APICS certification programs?
To preserve the integrity and value of APICS certification programs, all designees must adhere to certification maintenance requirements. The APICS certification maintenance program allows designees to acquire ongoing knowledge in their field and demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through professional development activities. Visit apics.org/maintenance for specific maintenance requirements.
Where can I find a maintenance application?
Access the online application here. It is also accessible through the Certifications section of My Account.
Do I need to fill out all of the detailed educational points on the application?
No, you are only required to provide the total number of points you are claiming per section on the application form. However, if your application is randomly selected for audit upon submission, you will be asked to complete a separate audit application in which to provide more detailed information and upload supporting documentation of your maintenance activities.
Can candidates submit more than one maintenance application at the same time?
No, maintenance applications must be submitted separately. If you have more than one APICS certification, each certification must be maintained separately.
Can candidates use the same educational points to maintain all of their certifications?
Points awarded from some activities may be submitted on multiple applications depending on when they were earned. If you have any questions, please review the APICS Certification Maintenance Handbook or contact ASCM Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I find a comprehensive list of activities that qualify for maintenance?
Any topic or subject that pertains to the ASCM body of knowledge is eligible for certification maintenance. However, a list of peripheral maintenance topics relevant to our body of knowledge can be found here.
If I hold a fellows-level certification (CPIM-F, CSCP-F, CLTD-F), but have only earned enough points to maintain the base level (CPIM, CSCP, CLTD), do I lose my fellow status?
Yes, if you only have the required points to maintain your certification at the base-level, you will lose the fellows-level certification and need to reapply.
Do I need to send in documentation upon submission of the maintenance application?
No, you are not required to send any documentation unless you are audited. However, we strongly encourage you to maintain documentation throughout your certification cycle.
Are candidates who have been chosen to be audited notified immediately?
Yes, candidates receive an automated notification on screen after submitting the maintenance application, followed by an email that they are being audited with instructions on how to proceed.
Can candidates retake exams to maintain their certification?
No, however, candidates may earn maintenance points toward their maintenance by passing an exam.
When should I submit my maintenance application?
Certification maintenance cycles run in five-year intervals, starting with the date of certification and ending on the last day of the month that certification was initially received. Candidates can apply at any point during this cycle.
Will ASCM notify me when my application is due?
As a courtesy, notifications are sent via email to all certified individuals one year, 90 days, 60 days, 30 days, and 7 days in advance of their maintenance due date. However, it is every candidate’s responsibility to document their expiration date and submit their maintenance application.
Will points be earned for responsibilities and activities completed as part of a candidate's full-time job?
No, the purpose of the maintenance program is to demonstrate ongoing knowledge through continuous education.
Do I need to become an ASCM member to begin collecting maintenance points?
No, the APICS certification maintenance program is designed for both members and nonmembers. However, by becoming a member, you will be able to claim six points per year for each year your membership is in good standing.
Will courses that are conducted in a language other than English earn points?
As long as the class relates to the ASCM body of knowledge, it is eligible for points regardless of the language in which it is presented. However, if chosen for audit, all documentation submitted must be provided in English or English translation.
Why does ASCM membership earn six points per year while membership in other organizations only earns one point per year?
ASCM members receive a great deal of information during a membership year, ensuring that they are exposed to relevant material on a consistent basis. ASCM material and content address the APICS body of knowledge and is thus more likely to support the goals of the APICS certification maintenance program.
What is the definition of original research?
Research conducted for a publication is considered original if it has been accepted by a peer-review editorial review board.
Can candidates submit their website as an example of a published article?
Publishing websites cannot be claimed for maintenance because, unlike books and articles, their contents are not reviewed by panels, publishers or editors.
How do I request lifetime certification?
Lifetime certification is available to individuals who are at least 62 years of age and have their certifications in good standing. Individuals with suspended or expired certifications must bring their certifications current before applying for lifetime. To request lifetime certification, submit your request to the ASCM certification department in writing along with a copy of a government-issued identification (driver's license, passport or birth certificate), which confirms your age. Requests should be sent to email@example.com.
Is there a paper application I can submit?
Certification and certification maintenance applications are only available online.
Can I claim points for study material used to prepare for the exam?
All points claimed on the maintenance application must come from activities completed after the certification was earned. Therefore, no points can be claimed for study material used to obtain the certification.
Is there a list of activities that do not qualify for the maintenance program?
A list can be found here.
What type of documentation is needed if I am audited?
Copies of official documentation verifying the activities listed will be required. The types of official documentation include:
- Registration confirmation
- Certificate of completion
- Thank-you letter for attending
- Conference/seminar name badge listing meeting information