The ABDA™ certification needs to be mandatorily renewed every three years to continue the qualification and keep the ABDA™ credential current. ABDA™ certification can also be upgraded to SBDA™ in accordance to the SBDA™ candidacy norms applicable at the time of upgrade. DASCA sends reminder emails for renewal or upgrade and you can log into myDASCA dashboard and register for ABDA™ renewal or for upgrade to SBDA™.
Please note that no additional training or assessment is mandated for renewal or upgrade of ABDA™. Certificants require to submit on their myDASCA dashboard, a declaration of their professional development and learning efforts every three years to maintain their ABDA™ credential. In certain cases, certificants may also be asked to submit documentary proofs to support the declaration they make at the time of renewal or upgrade.
The decision on ABDA™ renewal is usually communicated within 3-5 business days. The updated ABDA™ digital badge is issued within 2-3 business days of approval of renewal and the new ABDA™ credential certificate is shipped within 2 to 3 weeks.
|Renewal Code||Renewal Categories||Renewal Timelines||Renewal Fee|
|ABDARU-1||Standard Renewal||Latest within 3 years after the first award or the last renewal of the ABDA™ credential||STANDARD RENEWAL Fee applicable before the expiry of the credential validity of 3 years is USD 150|
|ABDARU-2||Renewal during the Convenience Period||Convenience period extends to a maximum of 90 days from the due renewal date. Missing Renewal within the Convenience period leads to deactivation of the ABDA™ credential||CONVENIENCE PERIOD RENEWAL fee to be paid for Renewal of ABDA™ credential within the Convenience period is USD 200|
|ABDARU-3||Renewal/ Reactivation After Deactivation||Within maximum 12 months from the date of deactivation of the ABDA™ credential. Missing Renewal within the Reactivation window leads to suspension of the ABDA™ credential||CREDENTIAL REACTIVATION fee to be paid for Reactivation of a deactivated ABDA™ credential is USD 250|
|ABDARU-4||Renewal/ Revival After Suspension||Within maximum 60 days from the date of suspension of the ABDA™ credential. Missing Renewal within the Revival window leads to a summary cancellation and permanent expiry of the ABDA™ credential||CREDENTIAL REVIVAL fee to be paid for Revival/ Renewal of a suspended ABDA™ credential is USD 300|
Note: The renewed credential validity is three years from the date of renewal.
ABDA™ certificants meeting SBDA™ candidacy norms can upgrade to SBDA™ any time 12 months after the date of award of their ABDA™ credential. Many ABDA™ certificants also prefer upgrading* to SBDA™ instead of merely going for an ABDA™ renewal when the 3-year validity of their ABDA™ credential is expiring. Though upgrading to SBDA™ does not require passing any exam, you are expected to declare your demonstrated commitment and efforts toward continuously enhancing and enriching your professional skills, knowledge and competence. DASCA sends reminder emails to eligible ABDA™ certificants for upgrading from ABDA™ to SBDA™, or you can log into myDASCA dashboard and register for ABDA™ upgrade to SBDA™ after verifying your candidacy.
The decision on ABDA™ upgrade is usually communicated within 3-5 business days. The SBDA™ digital badge is issued within 2-3 business days of approval of upgrade and the SBDA™ credential certificate is shipped within 2 to 3 weeks.
|Upgrade Code||Upgrade* Categories||Upgrade Timeline||Upgrade Fee|
|ABDARU-5||Advance Upgrade to SBDA™ of an active ABDA™ credential||Advance Upgrade can be done any time 12 months after the award of the ABDA™ credential, and at least 1 calendar year before the scheduled expiry of its 3-year validity.||Fee applicable for Advance upgrade to SBDA™ is USD 350|
|ABDARU-6||Priority Upgrade to SBDA™ of an active ABDA™ credential||Priority Upgrade can be done during the 3rd year of an active ABDA™ credential at least 2 calendar months before the scheduled expiry of its 3-year validity.||Fee applicable for Priority upgrade to SBDA™ is USD 380|
|Upgrade requests not covered under the above categories will be decided upon their individual merits.|
Note: The upgraded SBDA™ credential validity is three years from the date of upgrade.
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