ECE Policy


All legitimate certifications have a re-certification program. In fact, ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, which is the standard for accreditation, requires credible certification providers to have a re-certification program. Requirement 6.5.1 states, “The certification body shall define recertification requirements according to the competence standard and other relevant documents, to ensure that the certified person continues to comply with the current certification requirements.”

Continued competency can be demonstrated though many methodologies such as continuing profession education, examination (often not re-taking the original exam but an exam that would be at a higher level), or portfolios (when there is a product involved). The fact is there needs to be a time limit for the certification to ensure the consumers that the person has up-to-date knowledge.

This is why several governmental agencies are mandating accreditation of certifications in fields such as IT, Crane Operators, and Selling of Securities to the elderly. Certification’s main purpose is to “protect the public/consumers” NOT to protect the profession. When health, safety and security are at risk, certification is needed and it cannot be given for a “lifetime”. It is generally noted that, if professionals are not required to maintain their knowledge and skills in their profession, they won’t. Today, credible organizations within professional domains require their members to provide evidence of a continuous learning as a basis for maintaining their license.

The ECE will brand, differentiate and distinguish a certified member as dedicated professional if he/she is willing to continuously learn and share knowledge to keep abreast of the latest changes in technology that affects the way digital marketing is viewed, deployed and managed. This is a key requirement of employers internationally and EC-Council being a major certification organization supports it.

How does it work?
Once a candidate becomes certified by EC-Council, the relationship between EC-Council and candidate will always been governed by the EC-Council Candidate Certification Agreement which candidate must agree to prior from receiving your certification. This agreement is also provided at https://www.eccouncil.org/members/candidateagreement.pdf If a certified member earned certification/s that are included under the ECE scheme, he/she will have to achieve a total of 120 credits (not per certification) within a period of three years. If the member holds multiple certifications, credits earned will be applied to all the certifications.

The credits can be earned in many ways including attending conferences, writing research papers, preparing for training classes in a related domain (for instructors), reading materials on related subject matters, taking an exam of a newer version of the certification, attending webinars, and many others.

ECE credits are earned on a per annum basis, between January 1 – December 31 of each calendar year. Certified Members must register your ECE credits earned by 1 February of the following year to maintain their certification status.


If the certified member fails to meet certification requirements within the 3–years time frame, EC-Council will suspend his/her certification. If suspended, candidate will not be allowed the use of the certification for a period of a year, unless he/she manages to earn the 120 ECE credits required to maintain/renew his/her certification for another three years.

If candidate fails to meet certification requirements during the suspension period, he/she will have the certification revoked and will not be allowed to continue usage of the certification. Candidate will need to take and pass the certification exam again to achieve certification.

Members whose certification has been suspended or revoked due to non-compliance of certification requirements may send in an appeal in writing to EC-Council. This appeal letter must be received by EC-Council within forty-five (45) days of the suspension/ revocation notice, providing details of the appeal and reason(s) for non-compliance.

3. Audit Requirements

Certified members are required to maintain sufficient evidence to show your involvement in activities that earns you ECE credits. There is no requirement to submit evidence until it is requested for specifically by EC-Council.

4. Important Notice

Please note that the above is subject to change from time to time without prior notice. EC-Council reserves the right to make changes as required in order to maintain the reputation and recognition of its certifications and credentials. However, best effort will be used in informing members of changes via the website and the members’ portal.

Below is a list of FAQs :

1.Are there any renewal fees payable?

​To renew your CIMP certification for another 3 years, you are required to pay an annual maintenance fee of USD 50.

2.How do I register my ECE credit?

Please log on to the ECE Delta Portal to register an annual USD 50 maintenance fee to EC-Council your ECE credits

3.What are the activities that can help me earn ECE credits?

For more information on ECE activities please visit the ECE Announcement page at http://portal.eccouncil.org/delta/announcement.htm

4.Can I publish articles on magazines, trade publications etc or should I submit it to Institute of iBusiness (IIB) to publish it?

Yes you can publish it in any reputable third party site provided your name and description identifies your EC-Council certification/s. Please note that these articles will not gain you the credits given to articles published onto EC-Council’s member site’s. EC-Council will advise on the credits given for articles published in a non-EC Council journal soon. If you need further details, please contact ece@eccouncil.org

5.Can I be exempted from the ECE system?

No one is exempt from the system.

6.What Institute of iBusiness (IIB) certifications from EC-Council are included in the ECE system?


7.Who can I speak to if I need more help?

If the particular event or activity is not listed on our Member website, you can contact our Administrator at ece@eccouncil.org or membersupport@eccouncil.org for assistance.

8.Can I use the certification name and logo after I pass my exams?

Yes, you can use the respective logos and labels of the certifications that you hold.

9.Where do I go to download the logos and guidelines?

You can go to the EC-Council Certification portal to download the logos and usage guidelines (go to http://portal.eccouncil.org)