The certification period for a Certified Family Partner is twenty-four (24) months. To remain certified, the CFP must submit an application for recertification.
A notice is sent electronically by Via Hope approximately 60 days prior to the end of an individual’s certification. The notice includes a link to the online Recertification Application. In order to be approved, a person’s recertification application must be complete and signed by the individual; in addition, the person must include a list of approved CEUs that they received during their twenty-four month (2-year) certification period. There is a nominal processing fee associated with the application for recertification. This fee may be paid by the individual or their employer. An electronic invoice and payment link will be sent to the CFP for payment.
If an individual seeking recertification does not meet the continuing education requirements and their certification expires, they have 90 days to obtain the required CEUs and submit a new application for recertification. CFPs who have been expired more than three months must re-take the certification training and pass the certification exam in order to be recertified again. The fee for renewal of an expired certification is incrementally higher than the regular recertification fee. If approved, the person’s recertification period will begin on the day after their previous certification lapsed, not on the day that their recertification application is approved. For example, if a person’s certification expires on January 31 but they do not submit their recertification approval until April 15, their renewed certification will show a start date of February 1 (and last for two years from February 1).
In the case where a person’s certification has completely expired (i.e. their certification has been expired for more than six months), Via Hope will not accept continuing education credits. Applicants will be required to re-take the certification training and pass the exam in order to renew their certification.
Family partners who have taken certification training in another state or who have passed the national certification exam administered by the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health may apply for a certification through Via Hope. If it is determined that the other training and certification is comparable to that provided by Via Hope, the individual will be certified for the lesser of 1) their certification period from the other state, or 2) twenty-four months. The individual must meet the same requirements as other Certified Family Partners to be eligible to be recertified.