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Duration of Certification
The Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist (MSCS) certification is recognized for five years. The expiration date of the MSCS certificate is December 31st of the fifth year after certification regardless of the month in which you wrote the examination (i.e., if the certification date was August 2005 then certification expires on December 31st, 2010. Therefore, recertification will always expire on December 31st of the 5th year after you took the exam and each 5 years after. To renew certification, the applicant must choose one of the three options listed below. Eligible learning activities and practice hours must be obtained during the five-year certification period.
Prior to certificate expiration, you must obtain an MSCS Recertification Application Form. The form is enclosed with this letter and will be also available through the Professional Testing Corporation (PTC)* by written request or from their website. It is the responsibility of the MSCS to initiate the recertification process and to notify PTC or the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers of any name or address change. The deadline for recertification submissions for each certified group will be identified in the application package and web site. Applications received after the application deadlines are subject to a $75.00 late administration fee. Applications received after certification expiration will be denied. At this point, candidates will need to rewrite and pass the certification examination to maintain their MSCS.
If you do not recertify when the five-year term has ended, your MSCS certification is considered lapsed. To regain certification you must meet the eligibility criteria. Submit application for initial certification and write and pass the certification examination.
Application for recertification must be submitted at least 3 months prior to expiration date.
April 1st for June 30th certification expiration
September 30th for December 31st certification expiration
Eligibility for Recertification
Current licensure as a health care professional or the equivalent country regulatory requirement.
Multiple Sclerosis professional learning activities include MS-related courses, presentations, conferences; publications, independent study, and professional development (see guidelines for learning activities).Definition of MS Practice Hours
Multiple Sclerosis practice hours include clinical practice, consultation, research, administration, or education related to the field of multiple sclerosis.
All learning activities must be obtained during the 5-year certification period.
Professionally and ethically you are the best judge of which learning activities apply toward recertification.
The MS Specialist Certification Project Committee will randomly audit 10% of the candidates applying for
Completion of Application
PAGES 1 and 2:
Use only a NUMBER 2 pencil to complete pages 1 and 2 of the Application. Please follow marking instructions to avoid delay in processing your Application. This Application will be scanned by computer, so please make your marks heavy and dark. Please print uppercase letters only, and avoid contact with the edge of the box. See the example provided on Application.CANDIDATE INFORMATION (Page 1): Starting at the top of page 1 of the Application, print the following information in boxes as directed in the Application.
In this section of the Application, a series of questions are asked to collect your background information. Fill in the circle next to the response you select to each question. NOTE: All questions must be answered.
OPTIONAL INFORMATION (Page 2): The information requested relating to race, gender, and age is optional. It is requested to assist in complying with equal opportunity guidelines. It will be used only in statistical summaries and will in no way affect your recertification.
PAGES 3 and 4:
Following the directions on Pages 3 and 4, complete the documentation of Learning Activities (LA) hours in full. After you have completed all requested information, sign and date the authorizing statement on Page 4, then turn back to Page 2 and sign and date the Application in the space provided.
NOTE: Unsigned Applications will not be accepted. Mail the completed Application together with required documentation and the appropriate fee to:
Application fee for Recertification of Multiple Sclerosis Specialist through Learning Activities: .. $250.00
Make check or money order payable to: MSCS Recertification. Credit cards are also accepted. Complete Credit Card Payment section on Page 2 of Application.
Note: There will be no refunds of recertification application fees.
Make check or money order payable to: Professional Testing Corporation. Credit cards are also accepted. Complete Credit Card Payment section on Page 2 of Application.
*PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION AND FEE BY THE FOLLOWING DATE:
**Recertification application sent after application deadlines must include late administration fee in addition to the application fee.
***Recertification applications received after expiration dates will be denied.
LINK TO THE APPLICATION