PCH Recertification GuidelinesPCH Recertification Changes Effective January 1, 2011
Effective January 1, 2011, PCH Recertification will occur every two years and within that two year time frame you must obtain 24 CEUs; the equivalent of 12 CEUs per year. CEUs can be earned in Education and Service Categories; requiring a minimum of 16 Education CEUs or a maximum of 8 Service CEUs. A renewal fee will also be required.
Renewal fees will remain at the equivalent of $35/year for PLNA members and $100/year for non-PLNA members. The two year recertification fee will be $70 and $200, respectively. Renewal fees will be invoiced at least two months prior to your renewal date.
In order to keep track of your renewal period, we have issued an official PCH ID card to each certified individual. The card identifies you as a PCH in good standing along with your PCH Certificate Number and Certified Through (renewal) date. Carry this card with you to document proof of your certification.
New Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Requirements and Categories
CEUs can be earned in Education Categories and Service Categories or a combination of the two. Viewing exhibits and time on a tradeshow floor DOES NOT qualify for CEUs.
Education categories include the traditional continuing education opportunities (seminars and conferences) along with some non-traditional options such as obtaining additional certifications, writing articles, preparing educational presentations or self-study. Documentation of participation is required. A minimum of 16 CEUs out of 24 are required to be in Education Categories.
Service categories allow you to get credit for service above and beyond that of your normal required job duties, such as serving on Boards and Committees of Green Industry organizations, judging/proctoring certification exams, teaching or presenting at educational programs and participating in PLNA's Blogs and online Forums. A maximum of 8 CEUs out of 24 can be earned as Service CEUs.
Download a copy of the CEU Category Descriptions and Documentation Requirements
Download a copy of the CEU Guideline Grid
CEUs can be submitted at any time on a PCH Continuing Education Unit Reporting Form. Please make sure all information requested on the form is compelted and the required documentation is included. If the required documentation is not submitted, the reported CEUs will not be approved. Failure to meet the required number of CEUs could result in the revocation of your PCH designation. Submitted CEU forms will be reviewed within one week of receipt. You will be notified if there are any questions regarding your CEU reporting.
CEU forms and required documentation can be submitted electronically. Include as an attachment to an email and submit to Cathy Corrigan at Ccorrigan@PLNA.com.
Download a CEU Reporting form here
Questions? Contact Cathy Corrigan, Certification Administrator, at 800.898.3411, ext. 102 or ccorrigan@PLNA.com.