How long does my certification last?
Once you have achieved Compost Operations Manager Certification™ or Compost Professional Certification™, that certification is valid for three years.
What are the steps to maintaining my certification?
1. Pay an annual maintenance fee
2. Stay current with advances in the field through the process of continuing education. You must document that continuing education and provide that documentation in order to stay certified. If you allow your certification to lapse you must take a new test.
What are the certification maintenance fees?
The annual maintenance fee is $100/year for USCC members and $150/yr for non-members**
Failure to pay does not decertify you, but your name will be removed from the list of certified individuals and your certification will be considered “lapsed”.
If you allow your certification to lapse, you will need to submit a new application form and re-take the certification test.
**If you were certified prior to September 2018 your first annual maintenance fee is not due until your first certification renewal.
What do I need to do to stay current?
During the three years your certification is valid, you need to stay current with advances in the field through the process of continuing professional development. You must document that continuing professional development through forms available on this website.
How do I meet the continuing professional development requirements?
Every time you participate in a composting-related continuing education event, you can earn PDHs. Examples of continuing education events are conferences, in-services, academic courses, independent studies, workshops, on-line educational opportunities, brown bags, forums, study, etc.
To earn the PDHs, you must submit the necessary information on the appropriate form (see next bullet). There are forms for conferences, for others types of educational events, and forms for professional participation. If the course or conference is already approved to provide PDHs, then all you must do is document your attendance. If it is not pre-approved, then you also have to document the content’s relevance to your certification.
All PDHs must be earned within the three-year certification period, and a percentage of applicants will be audited upon recertification.
At this time all fees associated with applying for or recording PDH credits are being waived. This will change in the future.
Where are the PDH forms?
- For Conference PDH Forms, choose from the list on the right, under "Related Downloads". If you do not see the conference you are looking for, you can use the one for Non-Preapproved Conferences, or contact us about getting the conference approved. Click HERE
- For a Course (or any other non-conference event) Form, click HERE.
What about webinars?
Webinars are a great source of continuing education, and there are lots available on the internet, often for free or very low cost. The problem with using them for credit is that they are typically watched on a personal computer, and verification of attendance is needed in order to issue a PDH. In order to provide that verification, we now have two options, and more are in the works.
- You can attend a webinar as an individual. You will need to use this form, and provide documentation of attendance. In order to provide an additional measure of security, we ask that you tell us at least one key learning your gained at the webinar
- You can attend a webinar or a web-streamed conference session (live or on-deman) as a group. By viewing the webinar as a group, attendance can be monitored and verified. Plus the educational value can be enhanced by having a group discussion on the topic during and after the webinar. Simply use the Group Webinar or Streamed Conference Session Attendance Verification Form
We are working with Forester Media to add credits to their content-related webinars, especially in area of using compost for erosion control and stormewater management.
If you are not sure a webinar will count for credit, ask us!
How do I get my certification renewed?
The CCOM™ and CCP™ certification must be renewed every three years. A renewal reminder will be sent to you approximately 90 days before your certification expiration date. Be sure to keep your contact information current with the Certification Commission.
The following steps must be taken to renew your certification:
1. Complete the certification renewal application online
2. Pay your annual maintenance fee.
3. If you have not previously submitted 30 PDHs, document that you have at least 30 PDHs. If you cannot provide proper documentation or earn 30 PDHs by your expiration date, you have the option of re-taking the Certification Test. Regular testing fees apply.
When will I get my certification renewal?
After processing, you will receive notification of your renewed certificate in approximately 6 weeks or less. If your application is returned for corrections, this will delay the renewal process. But remember, we’re here to help you succeed so the Commission will provide feedback on anything in the recertification application that did not go through.
What else do I need to know about certification renewal?
A certain number of certified professionals are randomly chosen for an audit of continuing professional development. If you are audited, you will receive notification by mail indicating that you will need to submit copies of the original PDH documentation which you received from the training provider or instructor when you completed the training or course.
With this in mind, keep copies of your PDH materials for at least one year after your recertification expiration date.
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