Emeritus & Inactive Status

Inactive Status allows certified professionals, who are experiencing extenuating circumstances, a means to prevent their certification from expiring.  Inactive status is for certified professionals who expect to be inactive for a minimum of six months.  Inactive Status allows them to avoid the reapplication process.

 

Emeritus Status allows certified professionals who are retired from the work force, but wish to maintain a connection to PCB. Emeritus Status will replace Retirement Status. All certified professionals who have an active credential in Retirement Status will automatically be issued a new certificate indicating the change to Emeritus Status.

 

Guidelines for apply for each status are listed below and will be posted on the PCB website and Recertification Application. If you have any questions you can email info@pacertboard.org.

 

INACTIVE STATUS

 

PCB has established an Inactive Status to allow certified professionals, who are experiencing extenuating circumstances, a means to prevent their certification from expiring.  Inactive status is for certified professionals who expect to be inactive for a minimum of six months.  Inactive Status allows them to avoid the reapplication process.

 

Certified professionals in good standing unable to meet the continuing education requirements for recertification maintenance due to health or extenuating personal reasons may place their certificate on inactive status if they meet the requirements. The process for reactivation from inactive status will then be followed when they wish to activate their certification. Approval of Inactive Status is at the discretion of PCB. Applicants will be notified by PCB of the approval or denial of inactive status via email approximately 7-10 business days after the request is received. 

 

Insufficient hours of continuing education will not be accepted as rationale for requesting Inactive Status.

 

Credentials placed on Inactive Status are not eligible for reciprocity.

 

Eligibility for Inactive Status:

 

  • Certified and in good standing
  • Moving to another state but remaining active in the field
  • Retired
  • Pursuing academic coursework and not working in the field for the duration of such course work
  • On extended military active duty
  • Experiencing health problems
  • Experiencing extenuating personal circumstances
  • Leaving the field and choosing not to maintain certification via continuing education

Procedure for Obtaining Inactive Status

·         Request “Inactive Status” in writing stating the specific reason(s) for the request.

·         Submit documentation for eligibility

·         Surrender your current original certificate to PCB. You will receive a letter from PCB acknowledging the certification is on Inactive Status.

·         Pay a $100 fee.

 

During the period of Inactive Status, certified professionals are considered to be without PCB certification.  They cannot refer to themselves in writing or verbally as a certified professional, or use the credential(s) acronym behind their name.  Any use of the credential during Inactive Status could result in an ethical violation upon reactivation. 

 

Procedure for Reactivating a Credential from Inactive Status

  • Submit a written request for reactivation to PCB.
  • Document fulfillment of education requirements per level of credential(s) previously held.  Only education accrued after the last date of active recertification can be used.
  • Submit payment of recertification fee per level of credential(s) previously held.

 

EMERITUS STATUS

 

PCB has established an Emeritus Status to accommodate certified professionals who are retired from the work force, but wish to maintain a connection to PCB. Approval of Emeritus Status is at the discretion of PCB. Applicants will be notified by PCB of the approval or denial of emeritus status via email approximately 7-10 business days after the request is received.       

 

Eligibility for Emeritus Status:

 

  • Certified and in good standing
  • At least fifty-five (55) years of age
  • Minimum of ten years of certification without lapse in certification
  • Retiring with no intention of returning to any form of addiction-related employment 

 

Procedure for Obtaining Emeritus Status:

  • Request Emeritus Status in writing from PCB.
  • Include documentation for eligibility with the request
  • Pay $60 Emeritus Status fee every two years
  • No continuing education is required for this status

 

Certified professionals who are approved for Emeritus Status will receive a certificate(s) from PCB for all credentials held.  

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