ISCET -- The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians

ISCET Certification Renewal, Registration Policies and Fees

Recertification Registration Fees:

ISCET members choosing to renew their ISCET certification(s) based upon the continuing education model will be granted recertification at NO CHARGE upon the successful completion and registration of their continuing education form with the ISCET office. Members of NESDA that are not also members of ISCET will be required to pay the ISCET non-member registration/renewal fee(s) as indicated below.

NESDA members choosing to renew their CSM certification based upon the continuing education model will be granted recertification of at NO CHARGE upon the successful completion and registration of their continuing education form with the NESDA/ISCET office. Members of ISCET that are not also members of NESDA that wish to renew their CSM certification will be required to pay a $50.00  registration fee at the time of continuing education form submission to NESDA.   

ISCET Non-members using the continuing education model will be granted recertification upon successful completion and registration of their continuing education form with the ISCET office. The registration fee(s) due at the time of form submission is/are as follows:

First Certification Registration/Renewal Fee $50
Additional Certification Registration(s) $10 each

There will be a maximum registration fee equal to the annual cost of ISCET membership to renew all ISCET and NESDA certifications issued to any one individual as this is equivalent to the ISCET annual member dues. At this time, the ISCET membership fee is $70 per year or $125 for two years. There is also a Lifetime Membership option for $600.

Non-Journeyman renewal and registration requirements:

There will be a 60 day grace period for renewal for all Non-Journeyman technical certifications. Failure to renew or maintain these certification(s) will require re-testing after the expiration of the grace period with NO exceptions. 

The Associate CET and Associate CET+ will expire based upon the renewal date of the certification which is 4 years from the original certification date or the last renewal date.

Associate CET’s may renew their certification by 1) passing an ISCET Journeyman Test within the past 24 months, or 2) completing 20 clock hours of electronics continuing education within the 24 months prior to the expiration date of the Associate CET. As this has always been the policy for Associate CET and Associate CET+ certifications, there will be no “Legacy” class of this certification as indicated above.

NASTeC Basic Certified Appliance Technician (CAT) certification holders will be required to renew their certification every 2 years. Individuals certified prior to 9/1/2013 must renew their certification by 8/31/2015 or the certification will be moved to “Legacy” status.   NASTeC Basic Certified Appliance Technicians can renew their certification by 1) passing a NASTeC Journeyman level Certified Appliance Technician examination within the past 24 months or 2) completing 20 clock hours of appliance continuing education within the 24 months prior to the expiration of their certification.   

The non-journeyman CCT certification holders will also be required to renew their certification every 2 years. Individuals certified prior to 9/1/2013 must renew their certification by 8/31/2015 or the certification will be moved to “Legacy” status. Requirements for renewal are 1) passing a higher level certification on this track, 2) passing a journeyman level certification or 3) completing 20 clock hours of continuing education within the 24 month prior to the expiration of their certification.

As there is a cross-over of some skills for all non-journeyman certifications above, ISCET will allow continuing education credits in electronics or electricity as credit towards renewing all certifications. Individuals that hold multiple non-journeyman certifications in either electronics or appliances may also use the same clock hour credits to renew both certifications as long as those clock hours are related to both certifications.

Please note that due to the different renewal periods of some non-journeyman level certifications, the renewals may not coincide so it may be necessary to submit more than one renewal registration form to remain current on all certifications.

See the Technical Continuing Education clock hour section below for all allowable methods and limits in achieving the total clock hours required for recertification.

Journeyman level technical certification renewal and registration process:

All Journeyman level technical certifications issued after 9/1/2013 will be subject to recertification every 2 years or 24 months. There will be a 60 day grace period for renewals. Failure to renew the certification within this time period will require re-testing with NO exceptions.

All ISCET certified individuals that received a lifetime certification prior to 7/1/2013 will be considered to be current on their certification(s) until 9/1/2015. At that time, any individual that chooses to not renew their certification(s) using the procedures below will be automatically moved to a “Legacy” class of certification.   

There will be four ways to renew Journeyman level certifications- 1) by retaking the examination at the stated fee schedule or 2) by taking and passing a higher level certification on the same track as the original certification or 3) by taking and passing an additional journeyman level examination endorsement or 4) by completing continuing education requirements as outlined by the CEU(t) (technical continuing education unit) registration and renewal form and paying the registration fee as indicated.  

See the Technical Continuing Education clock hour section below for all allowable methods and limits in achieving the total clock hours required for recertification.

Technical Continuing Education clock hour rules and requirements:

The following informational section covers allowable methods of obtaining credits and limitations for the CEU (t) clock hour requirements. CEU (t) clock hours can be obtained by:

  1. Work experience- Up to 10 hours of the required 20 hours of CEU (t) credits may be obtained by working in the field related to the certification for at least 2500 hours in the previous 24 month period. An employment verification form signed by an immediate supervisor will be required to process this credit.
  2. CSR Certification- For technicians working with the public, up to 5 hours of CEU (t) credits may be obtained from taking and passing the CSR Customer Service Representative Certification exam. 
  3. Technical College Courses- 1 semester or trimester credit hour is equal to 15 clock hours. 1 quarter credit hour is equal to 10 clock hours.
  4. Audit of Technical Academic Classes- 1 semester or trimester is equal to 6 clock hours. 1 quarter credit hour is equal to 4 clock hours
  5. ISCET Learning Programs- Clock hours as shown for each course.
  6. Technical Classes without Academic Credit; or if Educational meeting or program- Clock hours at actual classroom time. This includes any technical related classes taken in a convention setting or at a manufacturer’s training seminar. A course completion form must be completed and signed by the instructor stating the total number of clock hours of the class. These will be provided at most conventions and will be available for other non-convention related classes upon request to the ISCET office.
  7. Individual Self Study- Up to 10 of the required 20 hours of CEU (t) credits may be obtained by self study. Self study requires a 250 word summary of each book, article, audio or video lecture including title, author, publisher and publication dates.  Each technical book or training guide equals 1 clock hour. Each technical article equals .25 clock hours. Each audio or video lecture counts at actual clock time. Online training credit is also given at actual clock hours but requires either 1) a copy of the registration showing the class taken and duration or 2) a training certificate printed and submitted with registration form.
  8. Teaching- Up to 10 hours of the required 20 hours may be obtained by teaching a technical related course. Clock hours will be credited at 4 clock hours for each 3 hours of classroom teaching time.
  9. Publishing- Publishing of technical related materials will also be allowed as credit. All publications must be submitted to the ISCET office at least 45 days prior to renewal for review and a determination of clock hour credit.
  10. To record your CEU credits, please download the ISCET Continuing Education Clock Hour Verification Form for your own records. DO NOT SEND this form to ISCET unless it is requested.

Non-technical certification renewal and registration process:

All non-technical certifications issued after 9/1/2013 will be subject to recertification every 2 years or 24 months. There will be a 60 day grace period for renewals. Failure to renew the certification within this time period will require re-testing with NO exceptions.

All ISCET and NESDA certified individuals that received a lifetime certification prior to 9/1/2013 will be considered to be current on their certification(s) until 9/1/2015. At that time, any individual that chooses to not renew their certification(s) using the procedures below will be automatically moved to a “Legacy” class of certification.  

Each non-technical certification has special rules for renewal. See the renewal requirements for each certification:

Customer Service Representative (CSR)

The CSR certification can be renewed by three methods- 1) by retaking the examination at the stated fee schedule or 2)  renewing NESDA’s CSM certification (and paying any associated fees) or 3)  by completing continuing education requirements as outlined by the CEU(nt) (non-technical continuing education unit) registration and renewal form and paying the registration fee as indicated. 

Allowable methods of obtaining credits and limitations for renewal of the CSR Certification are:

    1. Business related college courses in same format as technical
    2. Audit of business related classes
    3. Being employed as a CSR or call center agent for at least 2500 hours in the previous 2 year period will count as 10 clock hours
    4. Customer service or management related classes taken at a convention
    5. Individual self study up to 10 clock hours of customer service/business related books, articles audio and video lectures.
    6. Foreign language study either at an academic institution, foreign language study center or self study can count toward 5 clock hours of CEU credit.
    7. Writing/publishing a guide or article on acceptable practices for customer service. Article/guide must be submitted to the ISCET office no less than 45 days prior to recertification and credit will be determined based upon content and length of article.
    8. CEU clock hours will also be given for teaching a customer service related class. CEU clock hours to be credited at four clock hours for every 3 classroom hours taught.  No more than 10 clock hours total can be achieved by this method

Certified Technical Instructor (CTI)

The CTI certification can be renewed by 1) re-submission of the requirements for obtaining the CTI certification at the stated fee schedule or 2) completing and submitting the CEU (nt) (non-technical education unit) registration and renewal form and paying the registration fees.

Allowable methods of obtaining credits and limitations for renewal of the CTI Certification are:

  1. CEU clock hours for teaching. This requires an affidavit attesting to the hours taught and at which institute, convention or other training seminar. There is no limit for credit obtained in this manner and renewal may be given entirely based upon teaching hours for the CTI certification.
  2. Credit may be given for publishing a book or article in the field of instruction. Article must be submitted at least 45 days prior to recertification and credit will be determined based upon content and length of publication.
  3. Attending college courses as it relates to the technical field of instruction at previously established hours for technical or management classes.

Certified Service Manger (CSM)

The CSM certification can be renewed by 2 methods- 1) Retaking the examination at the stated fee schedule or 2) by completing the CEU (nt) (non-technical education unit) registration and renewal form and paying the registration fees.

Allowable methods of obtaining credits and limitations for the renewal of the CSM Certification are:

  1. Business College Courses- 1 semester or trimester credit hour is equal to 15 clock hours. 1 quarter credit hour is equal to 10 clock hours.
  2. Audit of Business Academic Classes- 1 semester or trimester is equal to 6 clock hours. 1 quarter credit hour is equal to 4 clock hours
  3. Business Classes without Academic Credit; or if Educational meeting or program- Clock hours at actual classroom time. This includes any business related classes taken in a convention setting. A course completion form must be completed and signed by the instructor stating the total number of clock hours of the class. These will be provided at most conventions and will be available for other non-convention related classes upon request to the NESDA or ISCET office.
  4. Individual Self Study- Up to 10 of the required 20 hours of CEU (nt) credits may be obtained by self study. Self study requires a 250 word summary of each book, article, audio or video lecture including title, author, publisher and publication dates.  Each business related book or guide equals 1 clock hour. Each business article equals .25 clock hours. Each audio or video lecture counts at actual clock time. Online training credit is also given at actual clock hours but requires either 1) a copy of the registration showing the class taken and duration or 2) a training certificate printed and submitted with registration form.
  5. Taking and passing the CSR examination will count as 5 clock hours of the required 20 hours for renewal. This is a one-time credit although renewing the CSM certification does count as renewal for the CSR certification automatically.
  6. Being employed as a service manger or self employed while working in a service related field for at least 2500 hours in the previous 2 year period. This will count for up to 10 clock hours maximum.
  7. Key note address attendance at the NPSC convention at actual clock hours.
  8. Attending association board meetings, membership meetings or town hall meetings as an observer, a Board member, a Committee chairperson or Committee member. There is a limit of 2 clock hours per meeting and a maximum credit of 10 total clock hours per recertification period.
  9. Achieving a service excellence award from a manufacturer/TPA. Up to 5 clock hours per award, maximum of 2 awards per 2 year renewal period (10 clock hours).
  10. Maintaining a QOS/NPS score from a manufacturer or TPA of 85% or better over a three month period can count for up to 3 clock hours per manufacturer up to a maximum of 10 clock hours
  11. CEU clock hours for teaching a management related class. CEU clock hours to be credited at four clock hours for every 3 classroom hours taught. No more than 10 clock hours total can be achieved by this method
  12.  Writing or publishing a management related article or book for training or publication. Article must be submitted prior to recertification and credit will be given based upon the content and length of publication or article.

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