IBHRE-C3 Registration

Effective 2022, all newly certified individuals will participate in IBHRE-C3. Individuals due to recertify 2021-2031 (CCDS, CEPS, CEPS-A, CEPS-P) have the option to recertify via a comprehensive exam or IBHRE-C3. Note: The first IBHRE-C3 cycle for individuals due to recertify 2021-2031 must be completed by December 31, 2023 (NO EXCEPTIONS).

All IBHRE-certified specialists should opt into IBHRE-C3. The opt-in phase is open from January 2022 through December 2023. Specialists certified prior to 2022 have the option of sitting for the 10-year comprehensive exam. However, the 10-year exam will be phased out by the end of 2031.

For specialists scheduled to recertify in 2021 or 2022, IBHRE has extended your certification to December 31, 2023. Consequently, to maintain IBHRE certification, specialists have the following options:

  1. Enroll in IBHRE-C3 for the 2022-2023 cycle and forgo sitting for the comprehensive exam; or
  2. Sit for the comprehensive exam during the 2022 or 2023 administration and enroll in IBHRE-C3 during the 2025-2026 or 2026-2027 cycle respectively. Specialists who elect to sit for the comprehensive exam are required to enroll in IBHRE-C3 during the third or fourth year following their renewal to maintain certification.

Note: Specialists who earned an IBHRE credential in 2022 and beyond are required to enroll in IBHRE-C3 beginning in 2025. 

Opt-In and Enrollment

Specialists are encouraged to register early to give themselves adequate time to complete the required 12 assessments by the end of their two-year cycle. IBHRE-C3 registration. Note: You must successfully complete 12 assessments by December 31, 2023 to maintain your certification. IBHRE-C3 is not based upon a rolling calendar year - each cycle has a specific timeframe.

IMPORTANT TO KNOWWhen accessing your IBHRE-C3 account, please be sure to use your existing IBHRE/HRS login and password rather than create a new account. By creating a new account, your IBHRE certification and other information from your existing account will no longer appear on any new account created. If you no longer have access to the email for your existing account, please email C3@ibhre.org so that the email address can be updated. Be sure to include your new email address and the email address associated with your existing account. Please DO NOT create a new IBHRE/HRS account.


Step 1

Opt-In: The first step is to notify IBHRE of your intent to participate in IBHRE-C3 by opting into the program as soon as possible. The opt-in period is from January 2022 to December 1, 2023. An opt-in email notification will be sent to all certified specialists. 

Important Notices

  • Those who are due to recertify 2021-2031 (CCDS, CEPS, CEPS-A, and CEPS-P) have the option to opt-in now and enroll in the 2022-2023 IBHRE-C3 cycle. 
  • Specialists who earned the CDRMS certification in 2021 will participate in IBHRE-C3 beginning 2024 and therefore must not opt-in to the 2022-2023 cycle.


Step 2

Enroll: Once you opt-in to IBHRE-C3 (versus the comprehensive recertification exam), you must formally enroll into the program by December 31, 2023. Enrollment is conducted online at the IBHRE-C3 portal. The enrollment fee is $149 for specialists enrolling the first year (2022) of the cycle. The enrollment fee is $199 beginning January 2023. IBHRE reserves the right to adjust fees for the IBHRE-C3 program in future years. Specialists are encouraged to register early so that they have adequate time to complete the required 12 assessments.


Registration Fee

IBHRE-C3 registration costs $149 for specialists who register in the first year (2022) of their two-year cycle. For specialists who register in the second year (2023) of their cycle, the fee is $199.

Questions? Contact IBHRE.

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