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Maintaining Certification

The AICI Certification Program is committed to promoting the highest levels of professionalism in the image industry. Certification validates you as a professional and enhances your credibility in the marketplace. AICI is committed to maintaining a high level of professional excellence, demonstrated by earning CEUs for ongoing education and advancement. After earning your AICI certification, you will be required to do the following to maintain your certification.

Certification Renewal Requirements

All AICI Certifications will be required to earn 2.4 CEUs every three (3) years in order to maintain certification. This renewal period is determined by the date that you earn your first level of certification with AICI. This may be your AICI Certified Image Consultant or your AICI Certified Image Professional certification. The three-year period ends on June 30 of the third year you are certified.

Earning Required CEUs

It is your responsibility to monitor and maintain records of all CEUs earned. AICI maintains records of CEUs earned through AICI CEU'd Courses.


The CEU formula is:

  • 1 hour of approved training = 0.1 CEUs
  • 10 hours of approved training = 1.0 CEU

Therefore, on average, you will need eight (8) hours of approved training per year to earn the required 2.4 CEUs in the 3-year renewal period.


You may request to view your CEUs earned from AICI CEU’d courses, by contacting AICI Headquarters.

Certification Renewal Fee

The Certification Renewal Fee is due July 1 of your certification renewal year. This fee is in addition to your AICI Annual Membership Dues for your renewal year. Please see the schedule below:


Renewal Fees

AICI Members

Nonmembers

CIM

US $300.00

US $750.00

CIP

US $300.00

US $750.00

CIC

US $300.00

US $750.00

You will receive a certification renewal notice from Headquarters six months prior to your renewal date.

You may renew your certification online.

Certification Renewal Extension Policy

Effective July 1, 2012, CIC or CIP certified members who do not earn 2.4 CEUs by June 30th of their certification renewal year may apply for a three-month extension in which to earn the required 2.4 CEUs.


A written request to be granted an extension must be submitted to AICI Headquarters at least one month (May 30th) before their deadline. Upon approval from AICI Headquarters, members will need to submit a $250 certification extension fee and a signed form in which they state their commitment to meet all the requirements before the new deadline, and also understanding of the consequences of failure to comply with the policy. The $250 certification extension fee is in addition to the $300 certification renewal fee. The $250 certification extension fee may not be applied toward the $300 certification renewal fee. All CEUs earned during the three-month extension will be posted to the member’s record with a date of June 30th and will be applied to the certification renewal period in which they seek an extension. CEUs cannot be used in the new certification renewal period.


Consequences of not earning the additional required CEUs during the three-month extension include:

  • AICI CIC Certified Members: Re-start the certification process; all fees apply. There are no discounts.
  • AICI CIP Certified Members: Complete and submit the AICI CIP Application and pay the AICI CIP Application fee again. There are no discounts.

Forfeiting Certification Status

  • If you choose not to pay the Certification Renewal Fee when due, you forfeit your Certification Status.
  • If you fail to earn the required 2.4 CEUs for the three-year period, you forfeit your Certification Status.
  • In forfeiting your certification status, you may no longer use certification designation "AICI CIC”,” AICI CIP” or "AICI CIM” or market yourself as a Certified Image Consultant through AICI in any marketing materials; your listing in Online Membership Directory will be moved to the non-certified area of the Directory; you will not be able to participate in any AICI events or activities that are exclusive to AICI Certified Image Consultants.

Reinstatement of Certification

  • Only those individuals who have earned the required number of CEUs (2.4 in the three-year period) will be eligible for Reinstatement by paying a Reinstatement Fee in addition to any owing Certification Renewal Fees. (see schedule below)
  • Individuals who have not met the CEU requirement will not be considered for Reinstatement.

Reinstatement Fees

AICI Members

Nonmembers

CIM

US $500.00

US $1,000.00

CIP

US $500.00

US $1,000.00

CIC

US $500.00

US $1,000.00

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