Certification is for a period of one year, and can be renewed annually. Please see the attached schedule for applicable fees. Renewals are billed by the AMS in conjunction with annual membership and subscription notices. If an individual fails to renew certification within 6 months of the expiration date or fails to achieve an acceptable level of continuing professional development during the five-year period following certification or the completion of the most recent continuing professional development period, the certification will be considered Inactive. In addition, a CBM who has been off-air for more than 5 years will be considered Inactive.
Inactive CBMs/Sealholders can’t practice as a CBM/Sealholder or market themselves as CBMs/Sealholders. Those wishing to acknowledge their past active status in resumes may do so, but must list the years from initial certification to when they lapsed into Inactive status.
Retired CBMs/Sealholders may request that there status be changed to 'retired'. CBMs/Sealholders with a retired status are no longer required to pay the certification renewal fee and do not need to complete the professional development requirement. Those wishing to acknowledge their past active CBM/Sealholder status in resumes may do so, but must list the years from initial certification to when their status changed to retired.
Reactivation of an Inactive certification can be obtained under the following situations: