RAC Recertification

In addition to indicating thorough knowledge of regulatory, the RAC designation represents a commitment to ongoing education and professional development. After passing the RAC exam, RAC status is maintained by acquiring 36 hours of recertification credits every three years. Recertification credits are awarded for participation in educational and professional activities, including:

Educational and professional activities do not need to be sponsored by RAPS in order to qualify for RAC recertification credits. To see if an activity is eligible for RAC recertification credits, please contact the RAC Program Office at certification@raps.org

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Credentialed professionals holding more than one RAC credential are only required to submit a single recertification application containing 36 credits. The certification cycle for multiple credential holders is based on the date of the initial certification earned.

How to Recertify

RAC Holders looking to recertify their RAC can now do so via online application using their RAPS login. Follow the online instructions to complete the application.


Benefits of Online Recertification:


  • Add credits as you earn them (36 credits must be earned within 3 years).
  • Less paperwork.
  • No need for pdf scanning, or separate email process.
  • Quicker confirmation of recertification status.

This video walks you through the new recertification process:



Recertification Cycle

Professionals who hold an RAC credential must recertify every three years for each RAC credential they hold. Recertification applications are due on your certification expiration date.

Exam Window
Expiration Date
Application Deadline
Spring 2019 Jun 30, 2022 Jun 30, 2022
Summer 2019 Dec 31, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Autumn 2019 Dec 31, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Spring 2020 Jun 30, 2023 Jun 30, 2023
Summer 2020 Dec 31, 2023 Dec 31, 2023
Autumn 2020 Dec 31, 2023 Dec 31, 2023
Spring 2021 Jun 30, 2024 Jun 30, 2024
Summer 2021 Dec 31, 2024 Dec 31, 2024
Autumn 2021 Dec 31, 2024 Dec 31, 2024
Spring 2022 Jun 30, 2025 Jun 30, 2025
Summer 2022 Sep 30, 2025 Sep 30, 2025
Autumn 2022 Dec 31, 2025 Dec 31, 2025
Spring 2023 Jun 30, 2026 Jun 30, 2026
Summer 2023 Sep 30, 2026 Sep 30, 2026
Autumn 2023 Dec 31, 2026 Dec 31, 2026

RAC Recertification Fees







Late Fees
(added to recertification fee)

(within grace period)

(within grace period)

RAC Emeritus Application



The RAPS member rate applies only if you are a member at the time you submit your application. If you apply for RAPS membership prior to submitting an RAC application, please be sure you receive confirmation of your RAPS membership before you submit your RAC application. If you apply for RAPS membership after you submit an RAC application, RAPS will not refund the difference.

For information about RAPS membership visit RAPS.org/join-raps.

Submitting Payment

The correct payment must accompany your application. You may submit your application online or by email to certification@raps.org. RAPS accepts all major credit cards.

Temporary Waivers

A temporary waiver of recertification credits will be extended if:

  • An RAC professional does not currently hold a paid position related to the regulatory profession.
  • An RAC professional is elected or appointed to full-time public office at the local, state or national level.
  • An RAC professional has a serious illness and/or disability limiting the professional’s ability to meet the recertification requirements.

A request for waiver must be submitted in writing 60 days prior to the certification expiration date. Individuals granted a temporary waiver will be listed as an RAC for up to 12 months. If the individual fails to recertify during the 12 month period, they will no longer be listed as an RAC and must re-take the certification examination to reinstate RAC status.

Emeritus Status

RAC-credentialed professionals who are more than 60 years of age, have been actively involved in the regulatory profession and retired from practice, but wish to remain affiliated with the RAC program, may apply for emeritus status. Requests for this designation must be submitted in writing to the RACB through the RAC Program Office, with a one-time $150 fee for RAPS members or a $250 for nonmembers.

Requests for emeritus status must be received prior to the certification expiration date. If approved by the RACB, individuals may use the “RAC Emeritus” title. Those holding emeritus status found to be using the RAC credential outside of its intended purpose, i.e., as part of employment advertising, will be contacted and may lose emeritus status.

Expiration/Expired Recertifications

The RAC designation is revoked 15 days after the certificant’s recertification due date. The individual will not be listed as a RAC and will not be able to use the RAC designation until he or she meets conditions for reinstating the RAC status.

The RAC credential can be reinstated if recertification credits and fees are submitted within one year of the certification expiration date.

Recertification credits must be obtained during the three-year certification period. The recertification fee plus the late fee must be submitted with the completed RAC Recertification Application and Professional Development Tracker. RAC-credentialed professionals who recertify after, but within one year of, the certification expiration date, will maintain the original certification expiration date. The certification expiration date will not be adjusted based on the date of the late submission. After the one-year delinquency period, individuals will be required to retake the RAC examination in order to reinstate RAC status.

Failure to recertify within one year of the certification expiration date will inactivate all RAC credentials held by a credentialed professional. However, retaking the examination for one of the previously held RAC credentials will reinstate all previously held RAC credentials



The paper form is linked below, but we encourage you to use the online process above.

Recertification FAQ