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WorldatWork Certification Timeline Changes

In order to ensure that WorldatWork Society certifications are truly validating a professional’s currency of skills and knowledge, WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals is introducing limits to the amount of time an exam will count toward a certification. Effective January 2013, exams within the certification tracks for CCP, CBP, GRP and WLCP will be valid for eight years.

Having time limits on certification programmes:
  o   Strengthens the credibility of a Society member’s professional designation
  o   Ensures that Society exams verify that a certification candidate’s knowledge and skills are up-to-date
  o   Encourages customers to complete their certification in a timely manner
  o   Aligns with the practices of other credentialing organizations.

Please note that this change will have minimal impact on certification candidates because 95% of certification candidates achieve certification within eight years. In fact, most candidates take four to six years. For those pursuing dual certification, the average time is 5.1 years.

If customers take longer than eight years to complete their certification, any exam that they passed more than eight years ago will no longer be valid toward certification. Customers may retake the exam at the current retake rate.

Customers on track toward certification have been notified of this change. If they have exams that may expire with the change in January 2013, they now have a year to complete their designation. Customer communications and website updates will continue through 2013 to encourage candidates on the path to certification.

This change does not impact the CSCP and CECP.

If you receive questions from your members, you can direct them to the WorldatWork Society website for FAQs ( or to Customer Relationship Services at 877-951-9191(toll free in US and Canada) or +1 480 – 951 – 9191 (outside of the US and Canada) or