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NCCCO certification is valid for five years. Recertification candidates must complete all of their recertification requirements during the 12 months prior to their certification's expiration date. This includes:
  • Passing the Recertification Practical Examination
  • Compliance with NCCCO’s Substance Abuse Policy
  • Compliance with the Code of Ethics for Signalpersons

Recertification candidates are allowed two attempts to pass the Signalperson Recertification Practical Exam before their certification expires. Candidates who are unsuccessful after two attempts must take and pass the regular Signalperson Practical Exam.

Certified candidates may take their Recertification Practical Examination up to one year prior to their certification’s expiration date. Regardless of the date of the recertification examination within that one-year period, the new five-year certification period begins from the date of expiration of the candidate’s initial certification.

[Note: Candidates who recertify more than 12 months prior to their certification’s expiration date will have their new certification period begin immediately, not from the end of their current certification period.]

Candidates who want to recertify should contact the Test Site Coordinator who set up their initial certification exams. Candidates whose employment circumstances have changed may ask their new employer to schedule a practical test administration or check for upcoming exams at NCCCO Open Practical Test Sites.