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7 Steps to a Successful CSCPF Reciprocal Certification

  1. Become a Member. The individual seeking certification must first join CSCPF as well as a CSCPF Practitioner Community. Please follow the links to Join Us!

  2. Select a Certification Category. The standards and requirements for each CSCPF certification category are available through the CSCPF Certification webpage. After reviewing the applicable standards and requirements carefully, the Practitioner Community should discuss with the candidate the match between the requested CSCPF certification category(ies) and the candidate's existing certification(s).

  3. Certification Representative and Preparing Documentation. A Practitioner Community will assign a Practitioner Community Certification Representative to facilitate the candidate's reciprocal certification process. This includes guiding the candidate in collecting all necessary information and documentation. This would include copies of existing certificates and/or evidence of current standing in a cognate group accepted by CSCPF.

  4. Reciprocal Certification Review Board. The Practitioner Community shall form a Reciprocal Certification Review Board for the candidate. This Board shall consist of three CSCPF members.
    • At least one member of the Reciprocal Certification Review Board should be from the candidate's Practitioner Community;
    • At least two members should be certified at the same level as is being sought by the candidate; and
    • At least two members should be personally acquainted with the candidate for more than six months.
    The Practitioner Community Certification Representative shall coordinate with all participants to schedule the date of the Reciprocal Certification Review Board.

  5. Certification Review. The Reciprocal Certification Review Board does not need to meet physically, but must meet together at least virtually in a fashion where the candidate's documentation is readily at hand to all participants. At the conclusion of the Reciprocal Certification Review Board, a reciprocal Certification Review Decision Summary form will be completed, and then signed by all Certification Review Board members and given to the Practitioner Community Certification Representative. The Reciprocal Certification Review shall proceed according to the Standards for Reciprocal Certification. Upon reaching the decision, the candidate shall be immediately informed and the decision shall be reported back to the Practitioner Community.

  6. Report Preparation. The Practitioner Community Certification Representative shall write a brief report summarizing the Reciprocal Certification Review Board meeting on behalf of the Practitioner Community. This report will be submitted in the Notice of Decision described below.

  7. Notice of Decision. The Practitioner Community shall submit an online Notice of Decision, which will include a request to issue a certificate for positive and provisional decisions. The online submission must include a scanned copy of the signed Certification Review Decision Summary and the Practitioner Community Certification Representative's report, either in PDF form or entered into the online form itself. No certificate will be issued without these two items. When issued, the certificate will be mailed to the Practitioner Community Certification Representative for final signature by the Practitioner Community Liaison. The community will present the certificate to its newly certified member at a formal session of the Practitioner Community. In the case of provisional certification, a certificate should not be presented until all provisions are removed.

Appeal. Any decision may be appealed by the candidate in writing to each member of the Certification Review Board and the Practitioner Community Certification Representative.

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