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