Beginning in 2022, all new and recertifying CMPP credentials will be valid for 5 years, or on a 5-year certification cycle! The current 3-year certification cycle has been extended to a 5-year cycle for CMPPs with a 2022 expiration date and future certifying or recertifying CMPPS.

PLEASE NOTE THAT CMPPs with an expiry of 2021 or earlier must still recertify on their expiration date. CMPPs who certify/recertify in 2022 and beyond will have their next cycle expire in 5 years, as shown in the table below.

Year Certified

Length of Certification

Year to Recertify


3 years



3 years



3 years



5 years


The Certification Board is excited to have made this decision to:

  • Ensure our cycle duration is appropriate for the nature and maturity of our industry and the rate of change that occurs (NCCA Standards)
  • More closely align the cycle duration with other credentials in the healthcare industry
  • Simplify the recertification process by requiring fewer exams/recertifications

Consistent with the number of credits required per year in the 3-year cycle (ie, 10), the 5-year cycle requires:

  • 50 credits over the 5-year cycle
  • ≥ 8 credits per year but ≤ 12 credits in the final year


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ISMPP is extending the time for CMPPs with a 2021 expiration date to recertify via exam by 1 year, or until the end of 2022. This applies only to CMPPs with a certification expiry of 12/31/2021. This is a one-time extension and will not alter the certification cycle.

Therefore, if you recertify via exam in 2022 for a 2021 expiration, your next certification cycle still expires in 2024.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have recertified by exam with a 12/31/2021 expiration date and intend to recertify via credit in 2024, you may begin earning credits in 2022 and continue in 2023 and 2024 for your 12/31/2024 expiration. 

CMPPs who recertify via credit do not have an extended time to recertify.

Recertification Information

For those certifying or recertifying in 2022 or later, their CMPP™ certification will be valid for five years, after which, certificants must apply to recertify. 

Recertification can be accomplished in one of two ways:

  • Retake the CMPP™ examination at a test center or online

  • Earn 50 recertification credits over the 5-year certification period

Documentation Required For CE Activities

  • For CMPPs planning to recertify via credit, you must have documentation to prove your participation for every activity in your Credit Tracker
  • You should use the “Upload Certificate” field to enter your documentation
  • See the CMPP Documentation Requirements for Earned CE Credits Quick Guide in the Resources below for detailed information

More than 50 self-study activities are now available for CE credit! See the list of Approved CMPP™ Activities below to access them.

How to use the credit tracker video:


Credit Tracker Instruction Guide - please note the credit tracker works best in Chrome browser

ISMPP Recertification Policy

Recertification Fact Sheet

ISMPP Recertification Handbook

CMPP Documentation Quick Guide

Approved CMPP™ Activities

Recertification Application

Request for Credit Approval Form

Guidelines for Approving Continuing Education (CE) Activities