How do I maintain my CIS certification?

After earning the CIS I or CIS II designation, the next step is to maintain your designation by completing 24 hours of continuing education credits within the certification period. The certification period begins January 1 of the year after the certification process is completed and is good for the following three years. Any credits earned during the year a candidate earns the certification do not apply towards recertification. Ascensus will provide you with access to a system so that you can self-track your CE credits.

To maintain your designation, you can attend Ascensus seminars and advanced courses of study that have been approved by the Certification Board. A $50 per event fee will be charged to review and determine CE credit for non-Ascensus training programs. Email us at for additional information. Your CIS designation also may be maintained by successfully completing updated CIS examinations.

Recertification for CIS I must include attendance at Ascend, 2021 Virtual Legislative and Compliance Summit, IRA University, or IRA Institute.

Recertification for CIS II must include attendance at Ascend 2021 Virtual Legislative and Compliance Summit, or IRA Institute.

Additional credits can be earned from any of combination of the following. Refer to the CE credit chart for more information.

Program attendedCredits for completion*
Ascensus Webinar1.5 credits per webinar, per year
Ascensus eLearning CourseCredits range between 1-2.25 credits per course, per year
Advanced IRAs Seminar (Ascensus Trainer) 7.25 per year
IRA Essentials Seminar (Ascensus Trainer)7.25 per year
IRA Essentials OnDemand7.25 per year
IRA University15 (CIS I only)
IRA Institute** (Onsite, Virtural, or Online)33.5
2021 Virtual Compliance and Legislative Summit1.5 credits per course with the possibility of earning more than 24 credits
*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.