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Recertification & Annual Maintenance Fee

The CPO® Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) is $100 per year. The first payment is due on the first anniversary of passing the CPO® examination.

If you have previously made a portion of your payments and need to make another AMF payment, please log into your profile and select "invoices".

CPOs will receive an invoice prior to their anniversary date each year. Important notices and reminders for recertification and annual maintenance fee (AMF) payments are sent by email. The CPO® is responsible for keeping a current email address on file. 

CPOs are not able to re-certify unless their AMF payments are current. Recertification notices are sent 60 days prior to the recertification date. Included with the notice is a reminder that the AMF is due for the new certification term.

Recertification Eligibility 

After initial certification, recertification is required every three years. CPOs may re-certify by completing one of the following sets of steps prior to the recertification date.


If CPOs choose to re-certify by examination and fail, their credential will expire at the end of the then-current term. In addition, they may no longer use the CPO® designation. Upon receiving a failing score, CPOs will not be eligible to re-take the examination for recertification.

 A CPO® who meets the current eligibility requirements for initial certification (including earning 1,500 work hours in the three years prior to sitting for the exam) would be eligible to submit an application to take the current examination as a new candidate.

Recertification Calendar

Recertification Audits

BCPO® is required to audit a certain percentage of qualified candidates for recertification. Candidates are randomly selected for audit. In the event of an audit, candidates must be prepared to provide documentation to support their eligibility for recertification. 

Recertification Tutorials & FAQs











For more information about the CPO® Program, click on the BCPO® logo to access our Handbook!
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