Maintaining certifications

The goal of the CASI Continuing Professional Education Policy is to ensure that all credential holders maintain an adequate level of current knowledge and proficiency in the field of CSR, Sustainability and accountability

After obtaining Associate, Student associate, Pro, Fellow or Trainer certifications, credential holders have an incentive to maintain these eminent titles. The following explains the benefits.

A primary benefit of holding a CASI certification is its requirement of credential holders to adhere to a program of continuing professional education. In this manner the organizations that they serve can be assured that CASI credential holders are:

  1. Committed to the cause of sustainability & CSR, in which ever professions in which they serve
  2. Constantly engaged in professional development activities to maintain a high level of current knowledge and proficiency
  3. Better prepared to perform their jobs efficiently and effectively
  4. Bound by a code of professional ethics and conduct
  5. Efficacy towards understanding & working towards causes leading to them being better citizens of the world.
  6. Networked with some of the best minds from across the world

The Goal: why is maintenance required?

The goal of the CASI Continuing Professional Education Policy is to ensure that all credential holders maintain an adequate level of current knowledge and proficiency in the field of CSR, Sustainability and accountability

CASI credential holders who comply with the continuing professional education policy will be better equipped to manage, design, oversee and assess a corporates business model sustainability and CSR activities. They will be able to ensure that the organizations business is integrated with sustainability on a continual basis.

The responsibility for setting the continuing professional education requirements rests with the CASI management. The Board oversees the continuing professional education process and requirements to ensure their applicability.

What is maintenance really all about?

The vision of CASI is to promote the knowledge of CSR, Sustainability and Accountability.
Maintenance requires spending a certain number of hours to reading, training, lecturing and application of this knowledge.

Certification Requirements

The CASI policy requires the attainment of a minimum number of training hours in addition to other requirements over an annual certification period. CASI credential holders must comply with the following requirements to retain certification:

  • Attain and report an annual minimum of pre specified hours used towards promoting the goal of CASI. These hours are referred to as QPA and differ based on the qualification you opt for.
  • Submit annual maintenance fees
  • Submit required documentation of continuing education activities
  • Comply with CASI Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Credit for these continuing education hours may be used through the following qualifying professional activities
    1. Activities that qualify for QPA (qualifying professional activities) QPA include staff & managerial training. This training must be directly applicable to the field of governance / CSR / Sustainability
    2. To ensure that a proper balance of professional development is attained. QPA hours related to management skills must be relevant to CSR / Sustainability / Accountability or governance
    3. In addition to training, the following categories of qualifying activities have been approved by the CASI management and are acceptable for QPA:
      • CASI conferences, seminars, workshops, chapter programs and meetings and related activities.
      • Please note that chapter programs and meetings may not always be reported to the CASI central monitoring team; please retain proof of attendance.
      • Non-CASI professional education activities and meetings including in-house corporate training, university courses, conferences, seminars, workshops, and professional meetings and related activities
    4. Teaching/lecturing/presenting:  These activities include the development and delivery of professional educational presentations and the development of self-study/distance education courses related to the field of CSR / sustainability
    5. Publication of articles, research reports, interviews and books: Submissions must appear in a formal publication or web site and a copy of the article or the web site address must be made available, if requested. For books and research papers: a copy of the transcript post publication must be available.
    6. Working on CASI Boards/Committees:  These activities include active participation on an CASI board, committee, subcommittee, task force or active participation as an officer of an CASI chapter.
    7. Mentoring & coaching new members: coaching prospective members: Activities include mentoring efforts directly related to coaching, reviewing or assisting with CASI exam preparation or providing career guidance through the credentialing process either at the organizational, chapter or individual level. The mentoring activity must be an activity supporting a specific person in preparation for their CASI exam or certification career decisions.

 Note:

  1. Each of the above mentioned activity earns the CASI credential holder a certain number of hour credits. This number may vary for different levels of CASI credential holders. Please refer the specific chart to understand your QPA requirements.
  2. Failure to comply with these certification requirements will result in the revocation of an individual’s CASI credential. In addition, as all certificates are owned by CASI, if revoked, the certificate must be returned immediately.

Annual maintenance fee

Renewal fees are applicable for renewal of your CASI certifications, depending on the certificate opted for. Please check the site for details.
Please note that annual fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Maintaining your student associate credential

  1. Membership Fees:  300 per year, after 2 years (re exam cost included)
  2. Renewal period: 2 years: so applicable fees are INR 600 or USD 12 in total
  3. Primary Certificate valid for 2 years
  4. Renewed certificate valid for 2 years
  5. Re exam? : yes, objective type re exam
  6. Other requirements for maintaining? : No
  7. The credential holder has to a student at the time of renewal of certificate. In case the credential holder is no longer a student; He has to apply for the Associate program. However the participant does not have to pay full fees, only maintenance fees for associate program are applicable.

Maintaining your associate credential

  1. Fees: 1200 per year, after 2 years , (re exam cost included)
  2. Renewal period: 2 years: so applicable fees are INR 2400 or USD 48 in total
  3. Primary Certificate valid for 2 years
  4. Renewed certificate valid for 2 years
  5. Re exam? : yes, objective type re exam
  6. Other requirements for maintaining? : No

Maintaining your CASI Pro credential

  1. Fees: 3600 per year, after 2 years, (re exam cost included)
  2. Renewal period: 2 years: so applicable fees are INR 7200 or USD 144 in total
  3. Primary Certificate valid for 2 years
  4. Renewed certificate valid for 2 years
  5. Re exam? : Yes,
  6. Other requirements for maintaining? : yes
    • Teaching: yes, Minimum 18 QPA hours
    • Presentations / Case studies / seminar: yes, any one

     

  7. If the credential holder is a board member at a company which falls under the mandatory 2% CSR Or the person is on the CSR / accountability / Sustainability committee then exemption from presentation / case study / seminar
  8. Qualifying professional activities hours required per year: 36 hours: so the requirements as mentioned above in terms of teaching, training, presentations, case studies and seminars have to be undertaken for a minimum 36 hours per year.
  9. Each Presentations / Case studies / seminar gets the credential holder a QPA credit of 6 hours.

Maintaining your CASI fellow credential

  1. Fees: 6000 per year, after 2 years
  2. Renewal period: 2 years: so applicable fees are INR 12000 or USD 240 in total
  3. Primary Certificate valid for 2 years
  4. Renewed certificate valid for 2 years
  5. Re exam? : no
  6. Other requirements for maintaining? : yes
    • Teaching: yes, Minimum 12 QPA hours
    • Presentations / Case studies / seminar: yes, any one

     

  7. Qualifying professional activities hours required per year: 24 hours, so the requirements as mentioned above in terms of teaching, training, presentations, case studies and seminars have to be undertaken for a minimum 24 hours per year
  8. Each Presentations / Case studies / seminar gets the credential holder a QPA credit of 6 hours.
  9. If the credential holder is a board member at a company which falls under the mandatory 2% CSR Or the person is on the CSR / accountability / Sustainability committee then exemption from presentation / case study / seminar

Maintaining your CASI trainer credential

  1. Fees: 12000 per year, after 2 years, (re exam cost included)
  2. Renewal period: 2 years: so applicable fees are INR 24000 or USD 480 in total
  3. Primary Certificate valid for 2 years
  4. Renewed certificate valid for 2 years
  5. Re exam? : Yes, full exam
  6. Other requirements for maintaining? : yes
    • Teaching: yes, Minimum 30 QPA hours
    • Presentations / Case studies / seminar: yes, any one

     

  7. Qualifying professional activities hours required per year: 60 hours, so the requirements as mentioned above in terms of teaching, training, presentations, case studies and seminars have to be undertaken for a minimum 60 hours per year
  8. Each Presentations / Case studies / seminar gets the credential holder a QPA credit of 6 hours.
  9. If the credential holder is a board member at a company which falls under the mandatory 2% CSR Or the person is on the CSR / accountability / Sustainability committee then exemption from presentation / case study / seminar

Maintaining your Hon. Academic Advocate / Lead credential

  1. Fees: 6000 per year, after 2 years, (re exam cost included)
  2. Renewal period: 2 years: so applicable fees are INR 12000 or USD 240 in total
  3. Primary Certificate valid for 2 years
  4. Renewed certificate valid for 2 years
  5. Re exam? : Yes, full exam
  6. Other requirements for maintaining? : yes
    • Teaching: yes, Minimum 18 QPA hours
    • Presentations / Case studies / seminar: yes, any one

     

  7. Qualifying professional activities hours required per year: 36 hours, so the requirements as mentioned above in terms of teaching, training, presentations, case studies and seminars have to be undertaken for a minimum 36 hours per year
  8. Each Presentations / Case studies / seminar gets the credential holder a QPA credit of 6 hours.
  9. If the credential holder is a board member at a company which falls under the mandatory 2% CSR Or the person is on the CSR / accountability / Sustainability committee then exemption from presentation / case study / seminar
  10. If the professor is a consultant for a company and is working on creating a sustainable products / service then he gets an exemption from the presentation / case study / seminar

Reporting your hours

Please send an email to renewals@CASI.com for renewal forms. Please quote your CASI membership number.
The following details would be required while submitting the same.

  1. CASI membership number
  2. Reporting QPA (qualifying professional activities) (only the applicable ones), training, seminars, teaching, etc. hours in specified format
  3. Audits of Continuing Education Hours
  4. Revocation, Reconsideration and Appeal
  5. Exemptions requested by the credential holder
  6. Email from regional director or other position holders (if applicable)

Measuring your Qualifying professional activities hours required per year (QPA)

  1. The credential holder needs to submit a detailed report on activities undertaken in the specified form.
  2. Details of people trained may be asked for in certain cases.
  3. Please send an email to renewals@CASI.com for renewal forms. Please quote your CASI membership number.
  4. Each Presentations / Case studies / seminar gets the credential holder a QPA credit of 6 hours.
  5. Policies and regulations subject to change, please write to renewals@CASI.com for the current policies

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