Recertification

So, you’ve certified with NAI and now want to be able to retain it. All NAI certifications do not last a lifetime but must be renewed every four years. To keep your certification, you must submit proof of continuing education and pay a recertification fee.  

   

Check out the FAQ below or view the 21st-Century NAI Recertification Webinar, our 21st-Century NAI Recertification PowerPoint , and/or Recertification Portal Explained PowerPoint to learn what qualifies as continuing education and how to submit.  

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know when my certification is going to expire?
How soon can I recertify? 
What qualifies for continuing education?
How many hours do I need?
Is there limit or things that do not count?
How do I document?
Will NAI hold onto my hours for recertification as I accumulate them?
How do I document NAI sponsored events?
What are the Fees?
How do I submit and make payment? 
How do I recertify more than one person?
Who can I contact for more information?

Recertification Portal

How do I know when my certification is going to expire?

Your paper certification states both when you received certification and also when it will expire. You can also look up your certification dates in your account, under My Account and then My Activities.  

How soon can I recertify?

You should receive a reminder email a year in advance of your expiration date. This is the earliest that you may recertify as long as you have all of you continuing education hours. A second reminder will be one month in advance to the expiration date.  The final email will be on the expiration day to let you know there is a 30 day grace period to get the documentation to us but all of your continuing education must occur during your certification period.  

What qualifies for continuing education?

If you can answer these questions about your education/training, it will most likely qualify as continuing education hours:

  • Am I the student learning?
  • Is it an official training?
  • Does is apply to my job as an interpreter?
  • Will it make my interpretation better?

If you are still not sure if it will qualify or don’t think it will be clear to the office, you can always add a cover sheet with more detail on why you think this should be considered.

How many hours do I need?

You will need to acquire 40 hours over the 4 years of the certification. Generally, we count hour for hour, so one full day of training is worth 8 hours of continuing education. Exceptions include attending some NAI sponsored events and a 3 credit hours college course is worth 40 hours.  

Is there limit or things that do not count?

Yes, NAI is only accepting 10 hours of safety courses (CPR, first aid, WFR, rifle safety, fire safety etc). We are also limiting observation of other interpretive programs to 10 hours.
Things that don’t count: regular job duties or contracted work, planning of events or programs, watching interpretive films, and things that have no relationship to your interpretive program.

How do I document?

Your documentation must clearly specify the date, place, subject, sponsor, and total hours of the training. Documents that may include this information could be; certificates of completion, front cover of conference program guide or agenda, unofficial transcript, registration confirmation.

You can fill out our continuing education form, which requires this information and have your supervisor verify it for you.  

NAI online recertification portal accepts documents that are in a .pdf, .doc, or .docx format and less than 0.98 MB, which is approximately 10 pages. You may upload more than one group of documents to your account.

Will NAI hold onto my hours for recertification as I accumulate them?

You need to submit all of your hours at once; NAI does not have the capacity to hold on to unused continuing education hours or accumulated hours. Documents will have to be resubmitted for each certification at the time of recertification.

How do I document NAI sponsored events?

You do not need to document NAI sponsored events just simply check that you would like to use them when you go through the recertification portal.  You can also find your events in your NAI account, under My Account and then My Activities. Any activities that have happened within a year may not show up but we do have records of them, so you do not need to notify us. This also applies to reviewer credits.

When you apply the oldest events will be used first for your continuing education hours. NAI only uses the hours that are within the four years of your certification. 

What are the Fees?

To recertify as a current NAI member the fee is $35.00. The non NAI member rate is $85.00. You can also renew your membership by clicking here, it will take at least one business day for your membership to take effect.

Late fees:  Depending on your certification, NAI provides the following to accommodate individuals who have exceeded the typical month grace period to recertify without having to completely retake the course/submit their materials for peer review:

  • If your CIG & CIH certificate is 30 days to six months late the fee will be $150.00. If it is past six months you will need to retake the CIG or CIH course in order to become certified again at this level.
  • For CIT, CIM, CIP, CHI if it is 30 days to one year past expiration, you will have to pay $125.00 if you are a member/$200 if you are not. If it is past one year you will have to reapply and resubmit your materials for peer review.

How do I submit and make payment?

You can submit your paperwork through your NAI account in the Recertification Portal. When the documents have been reviewed you will receive an emailed invoice, with instructions on how to make the payment. You will have the option of paying by credit card or with a check. Once payment is received your account will be updated and a new certification mailed to you. 

How do I recertify more than one person?

If you have to recertify more than one person, please call our office at 888-900-8283 x 810 to receive more information on how to do this.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any additional questions you can reach our Certification and Training Program Administrative Assistant at 970-484-8283 ext. 810 or JFleury@interpnet.com. The certification fax number is 970-658-8877, and the mailing address is NAI Recertification 230 Cherry St, Suite 200, Fort Collins CO 80521


Recertification Portal