Lapsed Status describes a once certified individual who has passed their recertification due date, but by no more than one (1) year. Individuals with certifications in lapsed status are not entitled to continue using the certification that has lapsed and they are not considered certified by the UPPCC until the certification is successfully re-instated. Individuals who are more than one (1) year passed their due date are considered to be offically expired and must re-apply, re-qualify as well as re-test in order to become certified once again. The process for certification for an individual who has allowed his/her certification(s) to expire is no different than an individual newly applying for certification.
Only individuals who maintain certification through timely recertifications are entitled to use the CPPO and/or CPPB credentials following his/her name. he CPPO and CPPB are Certification Marks registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Continued use of UPPCC certification marks after a credential has expired is a misrepresentation, and may carry legal implications of such action.
With penalty, lapsed individuals have the opportunity to re-instate their certification(s). Within one (1) year of the expiration date of the certification, former CPPOs and/or CPPBs must earn a minimum of fifty-five (55) contact hours in a minimum of two (2) of the three (3) possible categories. Click here for fees.