Maintaining the CC-P® credential requires a combination of continuing education and demonstrated usage on an annual basis. In order to maintain good standing as a CC-P®, you are required to:

  • Participate in 8 hours of annual continuing education

  • Satisfy 40 hours of annual usage requirements

  • Submit your annual maintenance fee

  • Submit an executed CC-P® Maintenance Checklist along with your annual maintenance fee

The annual cycle for maintenance requirements is based upon the calendar year. Maintenance fees and executed checklists are due by January 31 each year.

Important Dates

January 31, 2019:
Certification maintenance fees due

March 31, 2019:
Last day of certification grace period

April 1, 2019:
CC-P®s with unpaid maintenance fees become inactive

December 31, 2019:
Last day to reinstate the credential for those who have not paid the certification maintenance fee

Continuing Education

Completion of a minimum of 8 hours of continuing education courses annually (subject to the same guidelines as satisfying elective requirements when earning the CC-P®).  There may be periodic refresh requirements of competencies covered in the exam modules every few years (e.g. climate science, policy changes, new GHG accounting standards/practices).  At this time, there are no specific topics, curriculum or courses required for continuing education.


Contribution to the community of climate practitioners through a minimum of 40 hours of service in the following categories. All usage requirements must be satisfied through content related to ACCO's mission and/or the Core Competencies for Climate Change Officers and Professionals. Each usage category has a maximum time allotted in order to ensure that practitioners are leveraging a variety of approaches toward using their climate change competencies, growing the community of practice and advancing constructive climate action.

  • Speaking at public events: Time allotted for speaking at public events is for the duration of the session in which you have presented as opposed to the entire event. Up to 10 hours of usage requirements may be attributed to speaking at public events.
  • Conducting research: Research projects that result in broad publication may be considered for inclusion in satisfying the usage requirements. You will be required to provide an estimate for time spent conducting the research and writing publication. Up to 10 hours of usage requirements may be attributed to conducting research.
  • Developing and administering training programs for internal/external stakeholders: CC-P® holders are encouraged to help institutionalize climate change into decision-making within and external to their organizations through development and administration of training programs. You are not required to be the instructor or presenter in order for time spent on the training program to qualify for satisfaction of the usage requirements. Up to 12 hours of usage requirements may be attributed to training programs.
  • Involvement in community or working groups: Climate change practitioners should be active leaders in their communities, organizations and/or sectors. Time spent convening, administering or serving in a leadership role in a community or working group can be applied toward satisfying CC-P® usage requirements. Up to 12 hours of usage requirements may be attributed to conducting research.
  • Advocacy: Shaping climate related policy is an important role for CC-P® practitioners. You may earn up to 10 hours for advocacy work.
  • Publication of blogs, case studies, white papers and/or other reports: Sharing experiential insights with peer practitioners is a critical component of advancing the climate change community of practice. CC-P® holders may satisfy usage requirements and apply time spent writing and publishing related materials. Up to 10 hours of usage requirements may be attributed to publication unrelated to research.

Usage guidelines may be updated and/or amended in the future.

Maintenance Fee

Certified Climate Change Professionals® are required to pay certification maintenance fees in order to keep their certification status active. Certification maintenance fees fund the general administration of ACCO's credentialing programs, including activities such as periodic practice analyses, communication about certification, and accurate record keeping enabling the recognition of credential holders.

There is an annual maintenance fee of $55 for all credential holders.

  • Certification maintenance fees are due by January 31 of each year subsequent to earning the credential, regardless of the date in which is was earned.
  • CC-P® holders are sent reminders via email when certification maintenance fees are due, so it is important for each individual to keep ACCO informed of changes to contact information.  Certification records and contact information may be viewed and updated online by logging in to your member management profile on the ACCO member portal.

Lapsed Certification Due to Non-Payment of Maintenance Fees: If a maintenance payment is not received by March 31, the Certified Climate Change Professional (CC-P®) will go into an “Inactive” status for up to nine months (April 1 until December 31).

  • While “Inactive” the individual is not permitted to use the Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) credential and will not be listed in ACCO's directory of Certified Climate Change Professionals®.
  • An individual may return to an “Active” status by submitting a reinstatement fee.
  • In order to have certification reinstated from "inactive" status, the individual must pay the maintenance fee and a $75 reinstatement fee.
  • Being in the “Inactive” status does not affect the annual certification cycle and corresponding continuing education and usage requirements. It does not extend the deadline for recertification.

Regaining "Active" Status after a "Lapse": If the reinstatement payment is not received by December 31, certification will lapse and the individual will be notified that he or she is no longer a Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®). After a lapse in certification, the individual will be required to re-establish eligibility under the current requirements of the credential and pass the corresponding exam modules in order to regain certification and "active" status.