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Certification Process

TRECCERT provides certification programs based on the job market needs of various industries with regard to ISO standards and GDPR. TRECCERT certification demonstrates that an individual has the required knowledge and experience (if applicable) in a particular topic or job occupation.

TRECCERT certification process ensures that individuals understand the requirements set for every certification scheme. Further information on the certification process and requirements are provided in the Candidate Handbook.


Step 1 – Complete the Exam Successfully

Individuals interested to attain a TRECCERT credential are required to complete the exam successfully. 

To register for a TRECCERT exam, individuals are required to fill out and submit the Exam Application Form to The form collects information on personal data (necessary), exam, accommodation for special needs and provides a declaration with regards to the confidentiality and security of the exam content. Learn more about the examination content and process here.

Step 2 - Submit the Application for Certification

Upon successful completion of the exam, candidates will receive the Certification Application and Experience Verification forms, which shall be filled out and submitted to  

The Certification Application form collects information on personal data (necessary), professional data, certification scope, certification exam, education, experience and provides the certification terms and conditions.

Candidates should provide verifier(s) with the Experience Verification form. The form collects information on the verifier's personal data (necessary), questionnaire answers and provides the verification terms and conditions.

Note: TRECCERT Essential and Foundation credentials are waived from submission of the Certification Application and Experience Verification forms.



TRECCERT certifications are valid for a period of three (3) years. The recertification period begins on January 1st of the year following the year in which candidates are certified. The CPE annual/triennual reporting period begins on January 1st, of the year after which the recertification period begins.

Step 3 – Adhere to the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Program

Candidates are required to adhere to the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Program to enhance competence (knowledge and skills) and maintain relevance in the job market. Candidates should report the CPE credits and pay the Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) on an annual basis.

There are various ways to obtain CPE credits, including attending workshops, conferences, and seminars, participating in online courses and engaging in self-study through reading professional journals and books. The following table illustrates how TRECCERT categorizes CPE activities:

Category 1: Professional ActivityCategory 2: Work-Based LearningCategory 3: Education ActivityCategory 4: Exam Item DevelopmentCategory 5: Publication of Articles, Papers or Books

Activities that have a substantial professional knowledge sharing or educational contribution to a particular credential. Examples include: preparing and presenting a webinar, seminar, conference or presentation; delivering a course; attending professional meetings; serving as a subject-matter expert for a panel.

Activities that extend beyond an individual's job responsibilities and are related to a particular credential. Examples include: completing a workshop; completing lab exercises; performing peer-reviews; completing in-house trainings.

Activities that involve individual learning, including pursuing academic studies related to a particular credential. Examples include: completion of formal university courses (in-person or online); completion of structured courses designed as self-study, instructor-led or blended, that offer CPE hours; completion of trainings, including in-house corporate trainings; passing a professional examination related to the industry.

Activities that involve the development or review of TRECCERT exam items related to a particular credential. Examples include: item creation for certification exams; item review of certification exams.

Activities that involve the publication or review of materials related to a particular credential. All publications must appear on a formal website address. Examples include: publication/review of articles; publication/review of research papers; publication/review of whitepapers; publication/review of training materials.

TRECCERT provides free webinars and other opportunities for certificate holders to obtain CPE credits. Please visit our website and social media pages for more information.

Note: TRECCERT Essential, Foundation and Practitioner credentials are waived from submission of the CPE credit report.

Step 4 – Adhere to TRECCERT Code of Ethics

Candidates are required to adhere to the TRECCERT Code of Ethics. TRECCERT sets forth this Code of Ethics and expects all its certified persons to abide by it. You can find the TRECCERT Code of Ethics here.

Step 5 – Adhere to TRECCERT Certification Requirements

Candidates are required to adhere to the TRECCERT certification requirements. Certified individuals are required to report their Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits in the CPE log and submit relevant evidence. Additionally, they must ensure the payment of the Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) or Triennial Maintenance Fee (TMF) invoices, depending on the chosen fee structure. Please refer to the specific page of your certification program for more information regarding the amounts due and payment method.

Candidates must read, understand and consent to the certification requirements included above in order for the application to be reviewed.

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