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The SDA Certification Renewal Process

Begins January 1, of each year. The emphasis on the certification renewal process is on continuing education hours. The renewal period is now annual. The renewal requirements are as follows:

  • A total of 18 continuing education points (1 point = 1 hour) will be required annually for the renewal process. These points can be obtained from any of the 5 SDA Education groups. Certificates of Attendance or program flyers for the individual programs attended should be saved but do not need to be submitted unless you are audited. An Attendance Record can be used for record keeping purposes, however. All CEUs are subject to audit for up to three years after submission.

  • Be a SDA member in good standing (active member—no delinquent dues)

  • The renewal fee of $25.00 will be due when you pay your annual dues.

  • All members who are currently certified will be responsible to renew dues and re-certify at the beginning of the following year process. Therefore, 18 hours of continuing education should be accomplished in the calendar year.

  • Active certified individuals that have not yet attained "completed” and/or "Emeritus” status will continue to have annual continuing education requirements until they retire or reach "Emeritus” status. The non-completion of the required continuing education will be cause for denying the use of the certification designation.

  • Go to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Certification Renewal process.

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