The world of Information Privacy, Data Protection, and Access-to-Information is changing quickly with new technologies, laws, and expectations.
PACC Associate, Chartered and Master certification holders must recertify every three years to ensure continuous competence and knowledge development.
Recertifying to maintain your professional designation tells world that:
- You have met your commitment to keeping current on laws, practices, standards, methodologies, terminology and technology relevant to Information Privacy and Access-to-Information
- You are committed to continually acquiring new knowledge relevant to Information Privacy and Access-to-Information
- You are continuing to build familiarity with contemporary and emerging topics, issues and regulatory requirements relevant to Information Privacy and Access-to-Information in the public and private sectors in Canada
The Certification Handbook explains the policies and procedures for renewing and upgrading AAPP, CAPP and MAPP credentials. Log in to download the current Certification Handbook.
The Recertification Process
Recertification is a straightforward process that includes demonstrating that:
- You are actively practicing in the profession
- Your Continuing Professional Development activities have met or surpassed the required minimums
- You continue to be a PACC member in good standing
- You have met the other requirements outlined in the Certification Handbook
To start the recertification process, members can download, complete and submit a Recertification Reporting Form together with the required certification renewal fee.
If you cannot log in to download the form, your membership might have lapsed. Contact us to verify your membership status.
If you are unable to renew due to personal or professional reasons, you may request (before your certification expires) that your certification be declared inactive, which would give you a three-year window in which to pursue your certification renewal.
The (non-refundable) fee to apply for inactive status is $150.
Conditions of inactive status:
- available for one three-year term only
- becomes active the day after your certification term ends
- means relinquishing the use of your credential until your certification is reactivated
- requires maintaining membership in good standing throughout the Inactive Status period
To verify if a person’s AAPP, CAPP, or MAPP designation is valid and current, contact us.
Reactivating Your Credential
You can reinstate your certification status at any time during the three-year inactive term by meeting the renewal eligibility requirements in effect at the time you apply for reinstatement. (You must meet any requirements that change during your inactive period.) To reactivate, submit an online certification renewal application along with the required recertification fee.
Note: When you apply for reinstatement, the renewal eligibility requirements in your application must be from the three-year period before your reactivation date.
To prevent the lapse of your certification credential, be sure to request inactive status and reactivate before the end of the three-year inactive term. If extenuating circumstances hamper reactivation, please contact the PACC certification team at certification_at_pacc-ccap_dot_ca or 877.746.PACC (7222) before your inactive period ends. If your credential lapses, you will have to reapply for certification and meet all eligibility criteria in effect at that time.