According to the RID Bylaws, an individual’s certification can be revoked for two reasons:

  1. Suspension or expulsion as outlined in the policies and procedures manual (such as an EPS violation or non-compliance with CMP requirements)
  2. Non-payment of dues.

Additionally, the Bylaws state that to remain in good standing dues must be paid by August 1st of each fiscal year.

With the requirement to remain current with membership dues to retain your certification, these governing guidelines are an important reminder about your obligation as it relates to the maintenance of your certification. To date, RID has been lenient in enforcing this policy.

As we continue to implement systems of efficiency and standards, RID will begin to enforce the guidelines as established in the Bylaws for FY17. Therefore, if dues are not paid by August 1, 2016, not only will you incur the late fee, but you will begin to receive reminders regarding the termination of your certification as of January 1, 2017. To avoid any late fees or possible termination of your credentials, please plan to renew by August 1, 2016.

The power to effect change in this area lies with the membership. The connection to membership and certification has been an area of discussion over the years. To change the current structure, which ties current membership to certification maintenance, would require a Bylaws amendment, approved by two-thirds of the voting members.

Please look for the renewal notices and reminders in the weeks and months to come. Thank you for your commitment to RID!