Maintaining your CPCE Certification

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Maintaining your Certification

Prior to the expiration date on the certificate (4 or 5 years depending on when you were certified or last recertified): 

  • CPCEs must submit documentation of 30 educational contact hours 
  • CPCEs must pay the recertification fee when they submit their recertification application

Recertification Fee: $295

Please see CPCE Policy Manual for full details.


Lifetime Emeritus Status

If you are up for recertification for at least the second time and 60 years or older, contact about lifetime emeritus status. See CPCE Policy Manual for full details.

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How to Earn Contact Hours

If you have attended NACE National education programs, you don’t need to provide traditional documentation, we will confirm education hours for you! Simply provide a list of names and dates with the recertification application.  

You can earn contact hours towards the CPCE or other industry certifications, such as the CMP, by attending various NACE Education programs

  • NACE Experience Conference – earn a minimum of 10 educational contact hours. Attend at least 3 Experience Conferences within the five-year recertification period, and you will collect more than enough hours to recertify, with no documentation required!
  • NACE Evolve Conference  – earn a minimum of 10 educational contact hours
  • NACE Online Courses – earn between 6 and 12 educational contact hours on each course
  • Resource Library (NACE Members only) – view recorded webinars and hangouts worth 1 educational contact hour each
  • Attend NACE Chapter Meetings in your local area

Let us help make documentation for recertification easier. Simply email when you view a webinar, attend in-house education, go to a local chapter meeting with education, travel to an industry conference, etc. We’ll track your hours, making it painless to recertify for another four years.



“I’ve had CPCE on my to-do list for a long time, but finally had the time and bandwidth to do it this year. After over a decade in the special event industry, I’m proud to have a credential that shares my knowledge and skillset with my collaborators and clients.”
Alyssa Ruth, CPCE
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Alyssa Ruth, CPCE