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A Note from the CCDS Coordinator:

CDI Strategies, February 18, 2016

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By Penny Richards, ACDIS Member Services Specialist

Do you hold the CCDS certification? Do you know when it expires?

I recently heard from someone asking when his CCDS recertification is due. It expired and he wasn't happy. He changed jobs but hadn’t communicated his new email address to us.

If we can’t reach you with an email reminder, how are you going to know when your CCDS expires?

To find out when your recertification is due, look on your CCDS certificate (it’s framed and hanging on the wall, right?) or look at the score sheet you received the day you passed the exam. Your CCDS recertification is due two years from the date you took the exam.

Recertifying is easy—most people list many more CEUS than the 30 that are required. Here is a link to a list of items you can submit for CCDS recertification.

There is a 45-day grace period to recertify without penalty and we will work with anyone with a recertification that is up to 12 months overdue. After a year, your CCDS is revoked and you must take the exam again in order to hold the CCDS.

Another reminder: ACDIS membership is not tied to CCDS certification. You don’t have to be an ACDIS member to hold the CCDS—and you don’t have to hold the CCDS to be an ACDIS member.

We encourage ACDIS membership for CCDS holders, if for no other reason than, with membership, you can earn 10 free continuing education credits each year toward the 30 you need to recertify. That’s just one great benefit of ACDIS membership.

Click here to email me if you need to know your CCDS recertification due date. Include your name, facility, home address, and phone number it is your responsibility to contact us. We’ll update the database as necessary and share the changes with customer service so they can update the main database, too.

You worked too hard to earn the CCDS. Don’t let it slip away due to a clerical oversight.

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