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Retroactive Certification

In June 2010 the Certification Commission of NAHAM adopted the Retroactive Certification Maintenance Program.  This program enables those who missed their CHAM or CHAA certification maintenance submission deadlines to retain their credential if they are able to document their continuing education activities for the time period(s) they should have reported had they participated in the regular maintenance program. The Retroactive Certification Maintenance Program works as follows:


Professional development activities (continuing education) must be documented and submitted for the educational time frame(s) that would have been filed had the individual participated in the regular Certification Maintenance Program. If you are unsure about which cycle(s) you have missed please email with the subject line of "Retroactive Maintenance" for assistance.


CHAA Example:   If one earned their CHAA credential in 2013 but did not participate in the Certification Maintenance Program, their credential expired on April 30, 2015.  To earn back their credential they may participate in the Retroactive Maintenance Program by submitting evidence of at least 30 continuing education hours earned between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2015.  This must include the full name or description of each learning activity, the number of hours of each activity, and the date each activity was completed.  This information would need to be reported on the application form and be accompanied by the $125 processing fee.


As a reminder, the CHAA certification cycle is a two year cycle.  If one earned their credential in an even numbered year (2008, 2010, 2012, etc.) they renew in an even year.  If one earned their CHAA in an odd numbered year (2009, 2011, 2013, etc.) they renew in an odd year.  The deadline for CHAA will always be April 30 of the applicable year.


CHAM Example:   If one missed filing for the 2011 CHAM certification maintenance period and wished to earn back their CHAM credential through the Retroactive Maintenance Program, they would need to submit evidence of a minimum of sixty (60) professional development hours earned between June 1, 2009 and May 31, 2011.  Fees for each cycle missed: $175 for NAHAM members; $350 for nonmembers.   If one missed reporting for the cycle ending in 2007 and the cycle ending in 2009, they would need to provide evidence of applicable continuing education completed during those years:  sixty (60) hours for the cycle of 2007 - 2009 and 60 hours for the cycle of 2009 - 2011. 

The current cycle closed June 30, 2016 and sixty (60) hours is minimally required of certificants in order to maintain their credential. 

Alternatives to Participation in the Retroactive Certification Maintenance Program:

1.  Retake the examination.

2.  Loss of the credential.

Click here to access the CHAA Retroactive Maintenance Application

Click here to access the CHAM Retroactive Maintenance Application

*Please note that you need to fill out one application per missed cycle.

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