Certified individuals who fail to obtain enough hours should not submit a CPE reporting form. Only when the individual has earned enough hours should the reporting form(s) be completed.

Individuals who do not complete their CPE reporting form on or before the expiration date of their certification will automatically transition from certified to an inactive (grace period) status. Individuals who remain in an inactive (grace period) status for more than 12 months will automatically be transitioned to inactive status. Additional details regarding each of these CPE reporting statuses ― and how to revert back to a certified status ― are provided below.

Inactive Status (Grace Period)- Individuals who are moved into this status will receive notification of the status change directly from the McAfee Institute. Individuals with an inactive (grace period) status may not claim that they are certified. To change a status from inactive (grace period) back to a certified status, the individual must complete the prior year’s CPE reporting form for each certification held with an inactive (grace period) status. Those who did not earn enough CPE hours during the reporting period may use hours from the next calendar year to make up the deficiency. However, CPE hours used for moving back to a certified status may not be used toward the current year’s reporting requirements.

Inactive Status – Individuals who are moved into this status will receive notification of the status change directly from the McAfee Institute. Individuals with an inactive status may not claim that they are certified. To change a status from inactive back to a certified status, the individual must meet the CPE requirements for one reporting period, complete a reinstatement reporting form for each certification held with an inactive status, and pay a reinstatement fee (current rates are available on The McAfee Institute’s global website: http://support.mcafeeinstitute.com/billing-and-payment-plans/failed-to-renew-certification). The CPE hours used for reinstatement may not be used toward the current year’s reporting requirements.

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