Certification Renewal Timeline

Your certification is valid for three calendar years from the initial certification or last renewal.  Please familiarize yourself with the renewal timeline to avoid lapse in your certification.

For example, if you were initially certified on 1 February 2019, your first renewal must be APPROVED by the NALMS Professional Certification Program (PCP) by 31 December 2022 to maintain your certification without a gap, as required for continued use of the electronic CLM/CLP seals or “e-seals”. If you receive a renewal notice any time during 2019, your renewal must be APPROVED by 31 December 2019 to avoid a gap and keep using your e-seal. E-seals must not be used while your certification is lapsed.

A renewal application requires 50 NALMS Continuing Education Units (NCEUs) from the last 36 months leading to the date of application. For example, if your certification expires on 31 December 2019, and you apply for renewal on 1 September 2019, you may claim NCEUs earned between 1 September 2016 and 1 September 2019.  NCEUs dated more than 36 months before the renewal application will not count towards the 50 NCEUs required. Adjustment of the 36-month window may be requested by the applicant in case of life events that resulted in medical or family leave (or equivalent if self-employed) or significant workload reduction. Please submit a letter explaining the situation and the affected time period(s) along with your re-certification application.

A note on achieving NCEU’s during the time of COVID-19: personal/family illness and job loss/reduction are valid reasons to ask for adjustment for the 36-month window to earn the 50 NCEUs. Even if you and/or your family have not been directly affected by COVID, if you have a significant reduction in available time for work and continuing education due to lack of outside care providers for their dependents during a shutdown, that would be a valid ground for an adjustment request. Also note that webinars count towards NCEU as long as they are properly documented.

Because of the increased society business related to the annual symposium in November, followed by the holidays, it is highly recommended that you submit your renewal application before mid-October of the expiration year. Your NCEUs from the annual symposium during that year may be claimed for your next renewal.

Below are examples of timelines for renewal activities:

Certification or renewal approved: Renewal must be received by:
3-Mar-2016 31-Dec-2019
20-Jun-2016 31-Dec-2019
1-Feb-2019 31-Dec-2022
8-Oct-2019 31-Dec-2022


NALMS Continuing Education Units

NCEUs may not double count towards two consecutive renewals. For example, if you renew on 1 Oct 2017 and then on 1 Feb 2020, you cannot claim towards the 2020 renewal the NCEUs that were earned between 1 Feb 2017 and 1 Oct 2017 and already claimed for the 2017 renewal. For this reason, it is beneficial for applicants to submit renewals around the same time of the year.

Date of renewal application: Eligible NCEUs are earned between:
1-Sep-2019 1-Sep-2016 through 1-Sep-2019
5-Oct-2019 5-Oct-2016 through 5-Oct-2019
10-Jan-2020 10-Jan-2017 through 10-Jan-2020