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Keep Your CRP Certification FAQs
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Q: How do I know when it’s time to recertify?
A: CRP graduates receive a 90-day, 30-day, and final notice prior to the month recertification is due.

Q: How often do CRP graduates need to recertify?
A: As is common with certifications, the recertification window is three years from the date of the previous certification.

Q: At what time in the recertification process is the application and payment submitted?
A: The activities log and $150 recertification fee must be submitted at the time of recertification. Learn the full process on the Keep your CRP Certification page. Complete the activities log first and then submit both the form and payment at the same time.


Q: What other activities besides those listed on the Track your Certification Credits count toward recertification?
A: All activities listed are suggestions; the list is not intended to be all inclusive. If you have questions, ideas, or suggestions, please contact Jessica at

Q: When will I be able to enter my activities and payment?
A: Review the process for adding activities online in the Professional Development section of the RPI site on the Track Your Certification Credits page. These activities can be added at any time. Another option is to keep track personally of the activities you’ve completed and use that list when completing the recertification process.

The preferred method is to complete the recertification process in its entirety before your certification expires. Go to the CRP Recertification Application to upload your activities list and submit payment. Alternatively, use the downloadable Recertification Form (PDF).

Q: Why don't I need to submit certificates of completion or other information at the time of recertification?
A: The information you are submitting to RPI is based on the honor system. In other words, we are taking your word that you have completed the required activities as described on the Track Your Certification Credits page. However, all activities lists are reviewed at time of submission, and some are more thoroughly reviewed during random audits. At any time, you may be asked to submit supporting documentation for items on your activities list.

Q: After I submit my activities list and payment, how will I be notified of the recertification?
A: RPI will notify you of your recertification via email within one month of your certification expiring. For example, if you are due to recertify on June 1 and submit your information and payment on May 15, you will be notified by July 1.

Q: What if I miss the recertification deadline?
A: You will be able to apply for recertification following the CRP Recertification Lapsed Policy. If your certification has expired, you cannot use the Certified Recognition Professional® (CRP) designation until you successfully recertify, even if you are in the process of renewing your certification.

Q: Can I count activities where a third-party consultant or resource provider is involved?
A: You must be directly involved with the activity and must be the one completing the work. Activities where you benefit from the work of others cannot be counted. For example, if a resource provider writes questions, conducts focus groups, summarizes the findings and recommends program changes, these activities would NOT qualify toward your recertification and cannot be added to your activities list.

Q: Can I earn more than 10 activity points in one year?
A: No. The goal is for you to continue to participate in your professional development every year. This allows you to have balanced activities over a three-year period.


Q: Why should I recertify?
A: In addition to keeping current with the employee recognition profession, there are additional benefits:

  • To continually raise the professional standards of those engaged in employee recognition
  • To encourage continuing education for professional development
  • To encourage self-development through achievement in the employee recognition profession
  • To demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of employee recognition and related disciplines

Q: How much does it cost to recertify?
A: $150 every three years

Q: How can I justify the expense of recertification?
A: You’ve already put in a lot of time and effort into getting your CRP certification and continuing to develop yourself professionally is important. When you spread the recertification fee over three years, it’s a small price to pay for retaining this industry designation.

Next Steps

Q: What if I have additional questions?
A: Please contact Jessica at

Q: How can I get ideas on activities that I can complete and that count towards recertification?
A: Visit the Track your Certification Credits page for ideas on qualifying activities. Participate in RPI-sponsored events, such as our monthly webinars and annual conference. Learn about upcoming events on LinkedIn Roundtable and Facebook. While there, you can post questions and join in the discussions.

Q: How can I access my transcript?
A: Learn how to print an unofficial copy of your transcript on the Track your Certification Credits page. To obtain an official transcript contact the RPI office.