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|CERP and CERPIT Maintenance|
In order to maintain certification, practitioners and practitioners-in-training must: 1) pay certification maintenance fees and 2) participate in continuing education to stay abreast of rapidly evolving knowledge, approaches, strategies, techniques and requirements in the field of ecological restoration.
CERPs and CERPITs can be recertified after they have earned continuing education credits (CECs) as follows:
If certificants are not able to achieve the minimum credits in any given year due to extenuating circumstances, they should notify SER so that alternate arrangements can be considered.
There are seven broad categories of training and other professional activities with content relevant to ecological restoration for which CECs may be granted. The maximum number of CECs for any single event is 10 credits.
 Specific sessions and symposia within larger conferences may be pre-approved for credit.
 Continuing education credits will only be awarded once to college or university instructors for teaching regular semester- or quarter-long courses pertaining to ecological restoration. If courses are taught multiple times (e.g., each year), only the first time it is taught will be considered for CECs.
 If the certificant serves on the Board and a committee at the same SER organizational level (e.g., both for a chapter), then he/she should only count the Board service. If the certificant serves on the Board and a committee at different organizational levels (e.g., chapter board, SER committee) then both may count toward CECs.
 No more than 5 CECs can be obtained through volunteer service over the 5 year period.
Regardless of whether CEC approval is sought before or after the event, CECs will be evaluated based on a number of standards including content, structure, instructor quality, and other qualifying factors (as applicable).
Content and Structure
Continuing Education activities can be submitted for pre- or post-approval at https://ser.submittable.com. Submitted CECs are reviewed by the Certification Program Coordinator and three members of the SER Continuing Education Committee. The applicant will be notified in writing (e.g., email) of approval or rejection of the CECs no later than 4 weeks after submittal. Once approved, the Certification Program Coordinator will update the CERP/CERPITs journal.