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IQCP Recertification Frequently Asked Questions

Recertification through the Journal

Recertification by Re-examination

Recertification through the Journal

When am I supposed to start adding activities to the Recertification Journal?
You can start recording your Recertification Activities as soon as you have earned your IQCP credential. Journal entries should be completed throughout your three-year Recertification Period and after each activity. It is recommended that you do not wait until the end of your Recertification Period to start filling out the Journal.
How do I know if a particular activity will be approved?
To be approved, all Conferences, Courses, Memberships, Publications, Mentoring Activities, and Employment, must be IDQ-related. “IDQ-related” means related to the Domains, Tasks, Knowledge and Skills in the IQCP framework. Proof that activities are IDQ-related must be retained in case you are audited. Items used to show proof of focus are listed for each Category in this Journal. If you are unsure if a particular activity is IDQ-related, check the The Job of the Information/Data Quality Professional aka Job Analysis Report on the IAIDQ website. If you are still unsure, you can email iqcp [AT] iaidq.org for clarification.
I started a college course during Recertification Period, but it won’t be completed until after my Certification Renewal Date. Can I still claim the credits for this Recertification Period?
No. In order to claim the credits, all Recertification Activities must be COMPLETED during the Recertification Period, regardless of when they were started. If the activity is not completed until after your Certification Renewal Date, then credit for that activity cannot be claimed until your next Recertification Period. Additionally, it is not necessary for an activity to be started during your Recertification Period, just completed.
I am a technical trainer at my company. Can I claim credit for all the courses I teach at work?
No. Courses taught as part of your normal day-to-day job duties are given credit as part of your Employment credit in Category 12. Credit for courses taught above and beyond your normal job duties, such as teaching a tutorial at a conference, is given in Category 9.
How do I record activity that started before my Recertification Period?
Activities that started before your Certification Date or Recertification Date can still earn credit as long as the completion date falls within your Recertification Period. For activities where you can claim credit on a monthly basis, only record months that fall within your Recertification Period. For example, if you started volunteering with IAIDQ in January of last year, but earned your IQCP credential in June of last year, then you would record your volunteering activities as of June.
I currently volunteer with IAIDQ in two separate volunteer roles. Can I claim credit for both?
Yes. As long as each volunteer role is independent with separate titles and separate duties, each volunteer role can be claimed for credit, even if it with the same association.
I have earned more than the minimum 60 RCs for this Recertification Period. Can I save the extra RCs for the next Recertification Period?
No. It is through the completion of a minimum 60 RCs every three years that you confirm your commitment to ongoing professional development in order to keep your skills current. To be eligible for credit, all activities must be IDQ-related and must be completed during the Recertification Period in which they are being claimed.
How long do I keep my supporting documentation and when do I submit it?
It is not necessary to submit the supporting documentation with your Recertification Journal. IAIDQ randomly conducts audits and will notify you if your supporting documentation is needed. You are required to retain all supporting documentation for at least three (3) years after your Certification Renewal Date in the event you are audited.
When am I supposed to fill out the Recertification Application Forms?
In order to ensure your Personal and Employment Details are current, please do not fill out the Recertification Application Forms more than six (6) months prior to your Certification Renewal Date.
How do I know what my Certification Renewal Date is?
Your Certification Renewal date is three years after the day you become certified or recertified. It is shown as the IQCP Expiration Date on the Register of Certified Professionals. All activities must be completed during this three-year period. Activities completed before or after the three-year period will not be accepted. Your Certification Date is printed on the certificate sent to you by IAIDQ. If you cannot locate your Certification Date, you can contact IAIDQ (iqcp [AT] iaidq.org).
What is the deadline to submit my Recertification Journal?
You can submit your completed Recertification Journal during a period up to six (6) months before or six (6) months after your Certification Renewal Date. Journals must be submitted during that window to be accepted. However, all Recertification Activities must be completed during your Recertification Period and by your Certification Renewal date.
I have one year left in my Recertification Period, but I haven’t completed any Recertification Activities yet. Is it possible to earn all 60 RCs in one year?
First of all, if you worked at all during the first two years, then you have already completed at least some of the RCs required. Additionally, there is no requirement that any particular number of RCs be completed each year. You are simply required to complete a minimum of 60 RCs within the three-year Recertification Period. With that said, it may be difficult to complete all, or even most of your RCs within a single year, so we recommend that you start participating in activities and documenting your RCs as soon as you are certified. If you feel that you may not earn enough RCs, contact IAIDQ (iqcp [AT] iaidq.org) to find out how you can earn volunteer credit.
Can I submit my Recertification Journal online?
No, this Recertification Journal must be completed in Microsoft Office format and emailed to iqcp [AT] iaidq.org.
I was not able to submit my Journal by the Recertification Deadline. What are my options?
If you have extenuating circumstances it is possible to submit an appeal to have your Journal accepted. Please note that all RCs must still have been completed during the three-year Recertification Period. If you would like to submit an appeal, contact IAIDQ (iqcp [AT] iaidq.org) to find out more about the appeal process. If you do not appeal or if an appeal is not granted, then you will need to retake the Certification Exam in order to maintain your IQCP credential.
Does my next Recertification Period begin when I submit my Recertification Journal?
No. Your Recertification Period will always coincide with the date you first became certified. Therefore, your Recertification Journals will always be required every three years on the same date as your original certification – this is your Certification Renewal Date and listed on the Register of Certified Professionals..

Recertification by Re-examination

I did not keep a Recertification Journal or I did not get the minimum RCs needed to Recertify. What are my options?
If you have not earned the minimum 60 RCs to Recertify, you must submit a request to re-take the Certification Exam. (email iqcp [AT] iaidq.org)