SECO Certifications Guide

Certification titles and digital badges

SECO-Institute Foundation certificate and digital badge: Upon successful completion of a Foundation exam, you will receive a Foundation certificate and a digital badge. Your credentials will grant you a one-year SECO-membership.

When your membership expires, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to renew it.

SECO-Institute Practitioner certificate and digital badge: Upon successful completion of a Practitioner exam, you will receive a Practitioner certificate and a digital badge. Your credentials will grant you a one-year SECO-membership. To renew your membership, you need to pay an annual fee of €40,- (excluding VAT).

As a prerequisite to renewing your Practitioner certification, you need to attain and report an annual minimum of 20 Continued Professional Education (CPE) hours, in total 60 CPE hours over the three-year certification period. CPE requirements can be met by attending workshops, conferences and webinars, publishing articles, providing training, and performing other similar activities that help you maintain your professional competencies.

Before your certificate expires, you will receive an e-mail with detailed instructions on how to re-certify.

SECO-Institute Expert certification and digital badge: Upon successful completion of an Expert exam, you will receive an Expert certificate and a digital badge. Your credentials will grant you a one-year SECO-membership. To renew your membership, you need to pay an annual fee of €75,- (excluding VAT).

As a prerequisite to renewing your Expert certification, you need to attain and report an annual minimum of 40 CPE hours, in total 120 CPE hours over the three-year certification period. CPE requirements can be met by attending workshops, conferences and webinars, publishing articles, providing training, and performing other similar activities that help you maintain your professional competenties.

Before your certificate expires, you will receive an e-mail with detailed instructions on how to re-certify.

SECO-Institute Certified Officer certificate and digital badge: If you already possess a SECO-Expert certificate or another high-level industry-recognised certificate, and you have three years of relevant work experience,  you are eligible to apply for a SECO-Certified Officer qualification. To apply for a Certified Officer certificate, please fill in the form below. The qualification will be awarded upon a thorough assessment of your professional achievements.

Your Certified Officer certification title will grant you a one-year SECO-membership. To renew your membership, you need to pay an annual fee of € 75,- (excluding VAT).

Certified Officers are required to attain and submit an annual minimum of 40 CPE hours, in total 120 CPE hours over the three-year certification period.

Before your certificate expires, you will receive an e-mail with detailed instructions on how to re-certify.

Apply for a Certified Officer certification title and digital badge

To apply for your Certified Officer certification title, you need to take the following steps:

1. Submit your personal details, including your CV and ID via the contact form below. We will contact you by e-mail for additional information if necessary.

Your ID information will only be used to verify the authenticity of your CV.

2. Select your certification title from the drop-down menu below.

3. By submitting this form, you confirm that you have read and agree with:

    • our Code of Ethics (read it here)
    • our Declaration use of title (read it here)
    • the annual membership requirements for Practitioner, Expert and Certified Officer title holders (read it here)

4. After you have submitted the form, we will send you a payment link or an invoice (if applicable).

5. After we have received payment, we will issue your certification title and digital bage.