Certification Maintenance and Renewal

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. Click here to download the flyer of Maintaining and Renewing you CCOM™ CCP™ Credential.

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 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.

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. If you allow your certification to lapse, you will need to update your application form and re-take the certification test.

What are the continuing professional development requirements?

Thirty (30) hours of professional development hours (PDHs) are required for recertification.

You can manage your certification by logging in to your certification management center, http://certificationsuscc.org/welcomecenter. That is where you will record and track your PDHs and apply for renewal.

Examples of continuing professional development are conferences, in-services, academic credits, independent studies, workshops, on-line educational opportunities, brown bags, forums, study, etc.

If the course titles do not clearly reflect the course’s relevance to facility operation and management, include a brief description of how the course relates to facility operation and management. 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.

How do I get a recertified?

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 home address and email information current with the Certification Commission by logging back into your account with the Commission which is also your lifetime career record documentation, confidential information.

The following steps must be taken to renew your certification:

Complete 30 hours of professional development during your three-year certification period.

After each PDH-earning event, submit the credits using this form

In addition to the electronic master file for your recertification credits, the Commission recommends that every candidate should also maintain your own records of continuing education units during the three years between recertification renewals.

Complete the certification renewal application online. If you have not previously submitted 30 PDHs, you will be required to document the PDHs.

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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The mission of the USCC Certification Commission is to develop and administer national, valid, credible, vendor-neutral certification programs for organics recycling professionals which enhance the profession of organics recycling facility management and in turn benefit the community business and environmental outcomes. The initial development of the CCOM™ was by the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation thanks to a grant from the 11th Hour Project.