Policies

Certified Professional in Investor Relations (CPIR) Compliance Policy

The CPIR designation is valid for one year from the date of issuance and is renewed annually through the stated maintenance requirements outlined on ‘Maintaining the Designation’. Should you require an extension to complete the renewal/maintenance requirements due to extenuating circumstances, a written request must be forwarded to the Certification Governance Committee for consideration.

If the renewal/maintenance requirements have not been met, and a written request has not been received by the Certification Governance Committee by the end of February, the Certification Governance Committee will be notified of your status and your CPIR designation will be suspended.

Certified Professional in Investor Relations (CPIR) Hold/Reactivation Policy

The CPIR designation is valid for one year from the date of issuance and is renewed annually through the stated maintenance requirements outlined in the Compliance Policy.

CPIR designation holders who leave active employment in the investor relations field of practice to pursue other interests or career may request to have their designation deemed inactive for up to three years.

In order to apply for inactive status, written communication must be sent to the Certification Governance Committee prior to the December 31 CPIR renewal deadline stating the circumstances. If inactive status is approved, the name of the designation holder will be temporarily removed from CIRI.org and they must discontinue using the designation.

Maintenance requirements do not need to be completed during this period.

To reactivate CPIR status, individuals must:

  • Advise the Certification Governance Committee, in writing, that they would like to reactivate their CPIR designation;
  • Pay a $150 (plus taxes) reactivation fee;
  • Rejoin CIRI and pay membership dues; and
  • Submit a CEU log with 14 CEUs completed at the time of reactivation.

The required 14 CEUs must be completed within one year of paying membership dues. Once the CEU log is submitted and approved, the CPIR designation holder will be reinstated on CIRI.org and may resume use of the CPIR designation.

Those who have not communicated with CIRI by the end of the three-year inactive period will have their designation revoked and they will be removed from CIRI.org.

Certified Professional in Investor Relations (CPIR) Maternity Leave Policy

The CPIR designation is valid for one year from the date of issuance and is renewed annually through the stated maintenance requirements outlined in the Compliance Policy.

CPIR designation holders who are away from their role due to maternity leave are eligible to put their designation on hold for up to 18 months. Written communication, including the dates that maternity leave will start and end, must be sent to the Certification Governance Committee prior to commencement of the maternity leave.

Those on maternity leave are required to complete only six CEUs by the end of the two calendar years impacted by maternity leave. To reactivate the CPIR designation, a log of these CEUs must be submitted and membership dues must be paid.

Note: In the case of an extended maternity leave, paternity leave or medical leave, you are required to submit a letter to the Certification Governance Committee for consideration. These situations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Certified Professional in Investor Relations (CPIR) Exam Policy

Certification students are eligible to write the CPIR exam once they have completed the Program. Students will have up to four opportunities in two years to write the exam. The fee for each exam seating is $250 plus taxes. The two-year time frame begins upon completion of the Program. Should four opportunities/attempts or two years pass without successful completion of the exam, and the student wishes to continue to pursue the CPIR designation, the student must retake the full Program at their own expense.

Students who cancel their exam seating one week or less prior to the examination date, or are a no-show to the exam, are still financially responsible for the examination fee ($250 plus taxes).

Certified Professional in Investor Relations (CPIR) Exam Calculator Policy

A basic financial calculator will be permitted during the exam. Please remember to bring a calculator as they will not be available at the exam location. You may not borrow from or share a calculator with another student during the exam.

Key Dates

  • Application deadline: November 29, 2019
  • Program start date: January 8, 2020
  • Information session: October 30, 2019 (more details coming soon)

Questions?

If you have questions that are not answered by our FAQs, please contact: Kaitlin Davis Manager, Professional Development & Website kdavis@ciri.org.

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