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Maintain or Change Your Certification Status from Active, Non-Practicing or Retired.

See what requirements you need to meet to remain in good standing.

Applications to Change Status

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In order to submit a request for a status change you must:

  1. Download and fill out the appropriate application.
  2. Save the completed application to your computer.
  3. Click 'Submit' button below, and fill the required fields
  4. Attach the completed application in the 'Attach Documents' section at the bottom of the form.

Active Status

A certification will remain in Active status for as long as the following requirements are continuously met:

  • Annual CPE requirement (20)
  • 3-Year Cycle CPE requirement (120)
  • Annual Maintenance Fee payment
  • Compliance with the Code of Professional Ethics
  • Compliance with the annual CPE Audit, if selected

Manage your CPE Hours

Non-Practicing Status

application non-practicing

Non-Practicing status will be granted to an active certification-holder if they fulfill one of the following:

  • Short-term or long-term unemployment/disability
  • No longer working in the field but wish to retain the CISA/CISM/CGEIT/CRISC certification for the possibility of returning to active in the future
  • Other extenuating circumstances (requires approval by the Certification Working Group)

Annual Maintenance Fee: Individuals must continue to pay their certification’s annual maintenance fee to remain in Non-Practicing status

Continuing Professional Education: While in Non-Practicing status, individuals do not need to report or earn CPE hours. However, CPE hours need to be earned and documentation provided in order to return to active.

Effective Date: The date that Non-Practicing status will be effective is 1 January of the year the certification-holder was unable to meet their CPE requirements.

Length of status: One can remain in Non-Practicing status indefinitely or return to Active status by meeting the necessary requirements.

Return to Active: A certification-holder can return their certification to Active at any time provided they meet the following requirements:

  • If returning to Active status fewer than two calendar years from the effective date of Non-Practicing status, the certification-holder will need to submit supporting documentation of 20 CPE hours earned within the past calendar year.
  • If returning to Active status two or more calendar years from the effective date of Non-Practicing status, they will need to submit supporting documentation of 120 CPE hours earned within the past three calendar years and provide verification that they have returned to working in the field for at least one year. A manager/supervisor/colleague familiar with their work must sign the Verification of Work Experience Agreement section of the Certification Return-to-Active Application.

NOTE: After returning to Active, certifications cannot return to Non-practicing status until after a full 3-year CPE reporting cycle is complete.

Non-Practicing Application   Return to Active Application


Retired Status

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Retired status is granted if the certification-holder is in one of the following circumstances:

  • Over 55 years of age and are permanently retired from the profession.
  • Unable to perform specific job functions of a CISA / CISM / CGEIT / CRISC due to permanent disability.

Annual Maintenance Fee: Not applicable

Continuing Professional Education: Not applicable

Effective Date: The date of the request

Length of status: Permanent

Return to Active: Since this is a permanent status, you cannot return to Active. To return to Active would require re-taking and passing the exam and re-applying for certification with the appropriate experience requirements.

Retired Application


Revoked Status

Application Revoked Status

Certification-holders who fail to comply with the CPE Policy will have their credential revoked, will no longer be allowed to present themselves as a certification-holder, and will be reported as such on requests for confirmation of certification.

Individuals whose certification has been revoked due to non-compliance with the CPE Policy may appeal to be reinstated by written notification to the Certification Working Group. The appeal must include a detailed explanation for the reinstatement request as well as the CPE documentation from the time of revocation to the current year. Please submit your appeal to the Customer Experience Center.

If the appeal is approved, the individual must pay any back and current certification maintenance fees needed to bring the certified individual in compliance with the CPE policy before being reinstated. Additionally, if the appeal was made more than 60 days after revocation, a $50 Reinstatement Fee will be incurred.

If the appeal is not approved, returning to active will require re-taking and passing the exam and re-applying for certification with the appropriate experience.