Certification is a mark of excellence. It demonstrates that the certified individual has the knowledge to ensure the quality of products and services. Certification is an investment in your career and in the future of your employer. Recertification takes up to 90 days to process from the date the file is deemed complete; therefore, it is recommended that applicants begin the process at least 90 days prior to their certification expiration date. Failure to recertify in a timely manner could result in your status becoming expired and loss of business opportunities.
Recertification by Examination
You may opt to sit for the exam rather than earn recertification units. Recertification by exam is required for those whose certification(s) has expired and are past the six-month grace period for submitting the IIHR recertification journal/application and documentation. You have one year from your expiration date to recertify by exam before your certification(s) will lapse and be deleted from your certification records. During this year, you’re not allowed to submit your recertification journal packet. You can recertify only by exam. Recertify only at the certification level you currently hold and you should complete the exam application process
Most certified HR professionals prefer to recertify their HR Certification credentials from IIHR through continuing professional development. Some professionals, however, prefer to recertify by retaking the exam. Follow these steps to recertify by exam:
- Fill out and submit an exam application
- Take the exam before your certification cycle ends.
- Recertify only at your current certification level.
- Wait at least 12 months from your beginning certification date before you take the test.
- Adhere to the same exam-application policies and procedures and pay the same fees as first-time exam takers.
IIHR will review all recertification-by-exam applications.
What is the passing rate for the examination?
The overall passing rate for the IIHR exam varies from testing window to testing window depending on how candidates perform compared to the passing standard for the exam. The passing standard allows for the pass rate to range anywhere from 0% to 100%, as each candidate’s performance is judged independently of the performance of other candidates. In recent testing windows, passing rates have ranged from 43 to 51%.
How is my score verified?
Any candidates whose revised scores move them from a failing status to a passing status are notified. This analysis is completed approximately three weeks after the close of the testing window. While the analysis rarely results in rescoring and the rescoring rarely results in status changes, IIHR will notify candidates whose failing statuses are changed to passing within four weeks after the close of the testing window.
You are allowed up to one year before and after your certification expiration date(s) just to recertify by exam. If you pass the exam you will be issued a new card and certificate with the same certification number as before.
Note: Your recertification date will be your original due date, not the date you passed exam.
If you do not pass the exam for recertification, your credential will be removed, and you will have to reapply and take the exam during a future exam window to become certified again. If you don’t pass the recertification by exam, you will be decertified and will need to certify by exam as a new applicant. If you choose to certify as a new applicant and pass, you will receive an entirely new certification number, along with a new card and certificate and new three-year recertification start date