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Frequently Asked Questions

Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
About the Continuing Education Program

Why is DevOps Institute introducing a Continuing Education and Certification Renewal Program?
The IT and DevOps space continues to evolve quickly and it is imperative for DevOps professionals to continue to upskill on the latest skills, knowledge, and emerging trends in the DevOps space in order to stay relevant, advance in their careers, and support their organizations in their digital transformation journeys. DevOps Institute’s mission is to advance the Humans of DevOps in their continuous learning journey and professional development.

Which DevOps Institute certifications expire?
All DevOps Institute certifications will have an expiration date.  As of February 28, 2022, a valid-through date will be indicated on all certificates.  Any candidates who earned a certification before February 28th, 2022 will have received an email from DevOps Institute indicating their certification expiry date.  Accredited partner certifications, such as VSM Foundation, will not have an expiration date.

What is the renewal timeframe for my DevOps Institute certification?
Candidates will have two years from the date their certification was earned or renewed to complete the Continuing Education program requirements to remain certified*. For example, if a certification is earned on May 1st, 2022, the renewal date will be May 1st, 2024.

*For legacy certification holders who earned a DevOps Institute certification prior to January 1st, 2022, the first renewal year will be 2024 on the calendar date the certification was earned. For example, if the certification was earned on July 1st, 2019, the renewal date will be July 1st, 2024.

How do I renew my DevOps Institute certification?
To renew your DevOps Institute certification, you must be a complimentary DevOps Institute community member, earn the required number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through various eligible learning activities, and submit your certification renewal fee* before your certification expiration date.  Activities must be completed and CEUs must be earned within the certification’s 2-year renewal cycle. For more details on CEU-eligible activities, see the Continuing Education Program page.
*The 2-year certification renewal fee is up to $99 USD per certification but, will be waived for SKILup IT Learning+ annual subscribers.

How many Continuing Education Units (CEUs) do I need to renew my DevOps Institute certification?
Your first DevOps Institute certification will require 30 CEUs for renewal. Every subsequent DevOps Institute certification earned will require 6 CEUs each.  For more details on CEU-eligible activities, see the Continuing Education Program page.

I have more than one DevOps Institute certification. Do I need to renew each one separately?
Yes, you will need to renew each DevOps Institute certification separately. You will need to earn 30 CEUs to renew your first certification. You will then need 6 CEUs for every additional DevOps Institute certification. Activities must be completed and CEUs must be earned within the certification’s 2-year renewal cycle.

For example, if the first certification was earned on January 1st, 2022, the candidate must earn 30 CEUs between January 1st, 2022 and the January 1st, 2024 certification renewal date. If a second DevOps Institute certification was earned on July 1st, 2023, the candidate must earn an additional 6 CEUs between July 1st, 2023 and the July 1st, 2025 renewal date.

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What activities are eligible for DevOps Institute Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?
Please visit the DevOps Institute Continuing Education Program page for the latest list of eligible activities. Proof of completion must be provided via the CEU submission form. CEUs earned from live (in-person or virtual) attendance at DevOps Institute SKILup Hours/Days/Festivals and certifications do not need to be submitted and will be automatically added to the candidate’s account by DevOps Institute.  Activities must be completed and CEUs must be earned within the certification’s 2-year renewal cycle.

Do I have to enroll in the DevOps Institute Continuing Education Program to renew my certification?
When you earn your DevOps Institute certification, you will be automatically enrolled and welcomed as a DevOps Institute community member if you are not one already. Membership is complimentary and required in order to submit and track CEUs for certification renewal.

How do I submit Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?
When you are ready to submit your CEUs, you may complete the CEU submission form. All activities must be completed and CEU’s must be earned within the certification’s 2-year renewal cycle. You will also be required to upload proof of activity completion (certificate of completion, email copy, screenshot image) that includes the following information:

  • Your name
  • Name of the activity
  • Name of the provider
  • Date the activity was completed
  • Duration of activity

If a certificate of completion is not available, you may upload a copy of an email from the provider or a screenshot confirming your activity completion or attendance with the above details.  CEUs earned from live (in-person or virtual) attendance at DevOps Institute SKILup Hours/Days/Festivals and certifications do not need to be submitted and will be automatically added to the candidate’s account by DevOps Institute.

Can I ask DevOps Institute to review my CEUs before I submit them?
DevOps Institute cannot meet all requests to review CEU submissions. CEUs will be automatically accepted once they are submitted and random audits will be performed to ensure CEUs are acceptable. CEU submissions that are not eligible will be deducted from the candidate’s account and the candidate will be notified.

Is there a certification renewal fee?
There is a 2-year renewal fee of up to $99 USD for each certification however, this fee will be waived for SKILup IT Learning+ annual subscribers.

I do not have enough CEUs to renew my certification before the expiration date. What should I do?
The two year renewal cycle should provide ample time to earn the required number of CEUs. Should you not be able to meet the program’s requirements, you may need to re-take and successfully pass the latest version of the examination to re-certify.