How do I maintain my CIS certification?
If you’ve completed the CIS program, you’ll need to earn credits toward renewing your certification. Recertification requires a total of 24 credits earned over the three-year certification period and extends the certification another three years. If you don’t complete the recertification process by December 31 of the year certification expires, you will have to begin the original certification process again. Ascensus will track your continuing education CIS credits.
Recertification for CIS I must include attendance at Ascend, IRA University, or IRA Institute. Recertification for CIS II must include attendance at Ascend or IRA Institute.
Additional credits can be earned from any of combination of the following.
|Program attended||Credits for completion*||Maximum number of credits per event|
|Ascensus Webinar||1.5||1.5 credits per webinar each 3-year period|
|Ascensus eLearning Course||1.5||1.5 credits per eLearning course each 3-year period|
|Advanced IRAs Seminar (Ascensus Trainer)||6||6 credits per year|
|IRA Essentials Seminar (Ascensus Trainer)||6||6 credits per year|
|IRA Essentials OnDemand||6||6 credits per year|
|IRA University||15 (CIS I only)||15 credits per year|
|HSA Workshop (Ascensus Trainer)||3||3 credits per workshop per year|
|IRA Institute** (Onsite or Online)||30||30 credits per year|
|*Credits in excess of the required 24 each three years do not carry over to future recertification.
**Must have knowledge at CIS II level to attend IRA Institute
Call 800-346-3860, option 2, suboption 3, for more information.