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Our simple 6 step guide to IRCA recertification

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We have improved our recertification process to help you develop your knowledge and skills. Find out how to successfully recertify by reading our easy step-by-step guide. 

Step 1: Receiving a reminder

The period for IRCA recertification has changed from three to five years. The membership team will send you a reminder The period for IRCA recertification has changed from three to five years. The membership team will send you a reminder three months before your recertification due date. Alternatively, you can see when you are due to recertify by viewing the 'My Details' page in the Members’ Area

Step 2: Planning your CPD

Continuing professional development (CPD) shows you are committed to learning and improving. This is an essential part of your career and a fundamental part of your IRCA membership. As a result, we ask you to submit a CPD log and evidence of your audits when you recertify

Our approach to CPD has improved. We now ask our members to record CPD using a plan, do, check, act (PDCA) approach. This helps you to make sure you are reflecting on your goals and we suggest you set yourself achievable annual objectives. Don't forget to look at the CQI Competency Framework to gain a useful structure for your CPD objectives. 

Download a CPD log and an example.

Step 3: Take the opportunity to regrade for free

When you recertify you have the opportunity to progress to a higher grade for free. Take a look at our grade requirements to make sure you are eligible to advance your grade, then tell us which grade you would like to recertify to.

Step 4: Fill in your audit experience

Only some of our members will need to submit their audit requirements. Find out if you need to submit yours here.

We suggest filling in this document as you complete each audit. In your audit log you will need to include information such as:

  • The audit number and date
  • The total time spent during the audit
  • Your role in the audit
  • The number of people in your team
  • The type of audit
  • Contact details for the auditee.

Download your audit log.

Step 5: Submitting your documents

You can either email your completed forms to [email protected] or send them by post to IRCA, Third floor, 90 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1EU, United Kingdom.

Step 6: Paying your annual fee

Our membership team will contact you three to four weeks after receiving your documents. At this point we will tell you if your documents have been accepted and, providing you are eligible to recertify, we will send you an invoice for your annual fee. Annual fees differ depending on the country you reside in, view our fees here. 


If you have further questions about the recertification process, please contact us on +44 (0)20 7245 8600 or email us using the button below.

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