For those of you with a certification expiration date of December 31, 2018, we will be accepting renewal applications starting October 1, 2018. If you have questions please contact CDMS Client Services at 1-844-681-8156 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Review the CDMS Guide for Candidate Recertification for complete details.
Please check here often for the most updated schedule!
NOTE: These dates are subject to change.

Recertification—Ensuring Continued Competency

To ensure that the CDMS credential and examination accurately reflect the practice, the Commission conducts a Role & Function Study every 5 years. This study seeks to keep CDMS eligibility criteria and certification examination content relevant. Thus, CDMS certificants are required to recertify every 5 years to remain current.

The CDMS Recertification Program encourages practitioners to pursue continuing education so that they may grow professionally, be familiar with current trends and new technologies, develop enhanced critical skills, and continue to acquire knowledge in specific focus areas. To ensure you meet all the requirements for recertification, it is recommended that you review the CDMS Candidate Guide for Recertification prior to completing the application. This guide is updated on a regular basis so be sure to review the updated version in the year you are due to recertify.

Guidelines for Certification Renewal

To recertify, certificants have two options:

  1. Recertification by Continuing Education - Provide documentation of 80 clock hours of approved continuing education, of which 4 clock hours must be in ethics. All continuing education hours applied toward recertification must be earned and documented by the date you are due to recertify.
  2. Re-examination - If you choose this option, you MUST take one of the scheduled exam windows in the year you are due to recertify. Recertification candidates are not allowed to defer taking the exam to a future date, since their certification will have expired. 

Recertification Fees & Deadlines for 2019

There are three renewal periods, December, September, and March. You are required to renew your CDMS credential on the month and year your certification expires. Please see below timeline for the Renewal windows.

Certification Expiration Date

December 31

September 30

March 31

Renewal Application window opens

October 1

July 1

January 1

Renewal Application window closes

December 31

September 30

March 31

Approval/Denial Notification

January 31

October 31

April 30

Recertify and Track CE Hours

All CEs should be tracked in your CDMS Dashboard

DO NOT SUBMIT ANY PAPERWORK TO THE CDMS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE, UNLESS REQUESTED. It is the certificant's responsibility to maintain appropriate documentation for all CEU hours that are entered on their recertification application. When beginning this application, please DO NOT create a new account. If you do not know your log-in information, please contact customer service at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 844.681.8156.

Retirement Designation

CDMS Certified Disability Management Specialists who are retiring from active practice may choose the retirement designation, which changes the CDMS certification to an honorary designation. CDMS/Retired status enables the individual to stay on CDMS’s email list to receive updates from the field of disability management. Please see the fee schedule below for current retirement status fees.

If an individual’s retirement status changes and he or she wishes to regain use of the CDMS certification, he or she would need to meet the criteria in effect at the time of renewal including, earning all Continuing Education credits and Ethics requirements, in addition to paying the renewal fee at the time of reinstatement or re-take the exam.

If an individual believes that he or she may provide consulting or other services in the future using their CCM certification, he or she should NOT select the retirement designation, but should continue to maintain the CCM certification.

If you would like to put your CDMS in retirement status, please complete the retirement request form.

To reinstate your CDMS credential, please complete the retirement reinstatement form. You may either email it to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or fax it to 856-439-0525.

For those CDMS-Rs that decide to reinstate their CDMS as outlined above, your effective certification start and dates will be as follows:

Reinstatement Month Start Date End Date
April - July Date of Reinstatement September 30
August - November Date of Reinstatement December 31
December - March Date of Reinstatement March 31


Retirement status is valid for five years. At the end of the five-year cycle, those that have chosen the retirement designation have the option to renew as a “retired CDMS” or renew as a “CDMS” per the guidelines listed above.

Retirement Fee: $100/five years