Revocation and Reinstatement

If you have not reported the required 36 continuing education credits to renew your CTP, CTP(CD), or CCM credential by the posted deadlines, nor requested and qualified for an extension, your certification will be revoked and you will no longer be authorized to use the CTP, CTP(CD), or CCM mark professionally. You will receive official revocation notification by certified mail.

Should you wish to reinstate the credential after revocation, you are required to submit a formal appeal to the AFP Certification Committee. For your appeal to be considered, you must submit the following:

  • A letter or statement outlining the reason(s) for the lapse in reporting continuing education (CE) credits required for renewal.
  • A non-refundable reinstatement appeal fee ($250 AFP- member, $300 non-member)
  • A non-refundable Late Reporting Fee ($160 AFP-member, $275 non-member)
  • A completed Reinstatement Form listing the outstanding 36 continuing education credits earned since your last renewal. All credits must be completed prior to submission of the appeal.
  • Supporting documentation for each CE activity being reported. Examples of acceptable supporting documentation f can be found under the program category descriptions

The appeal must be submitted within two years of the cycle end date for which credits were not reported.

For example, a former certificant whose credential was revoked for failure to report credits for the July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018 cycle has until June 30, 2020 to submit an appeal. If an appeal is not received by the deadline the opportunity to apply for reinstatement by appeal will be forfeited. To regain the CTP, or CTP(CD) credential after the appeal submission deadline a former certificant must submit a new examination application, remit the appropriate exam fees, pass the examination and abide by the recertification policy in effect at the time the CTP or CTP(CD) designation is regained. A former CCM who must retake the exam will earn the CTP credential on passing the exam.

Recertification Cycle After Reinstatement

If your CTP, CTP(CD), CCM credential is reactivated through the appeal process your recertification cycle will begin where your last cycle ended.


  • Delinquent 3-Year Cycle: July 1, 2015– June 30, 2018.
  • Reinstatement appeal submitted and approved by June 30, 2020.
  • Recertification cycle will be July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021.
  • Deadline to earn credits: June 30, 2021.
  • Report credits by August 15, 2021 and October 15, 2021.

If you regain the designation by retaking the CTP exam the first recertification cycle will begin July 1 of the year of the testing window in which the exam was taken.


  • If the exam is taken on any date within the June 2021/July 2021 testing window (2021A) the first recertification cycle is July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024.
  • If the exam is taken on any date within the December 2021/January 2022 testing window (2021B) the first recertification cycle is also July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024.