Beginning July 1, 2015, certifications must be obtained every 60 months.
Any employee with current certification issued prior to July 1, 2015, that is older than 60 months must renew their certificate by December 31, 2015. If an individual or agency elects to renew all required employment certifications at the same time, the date of the oldest certification, rather than the most recent, is the date to be used for the renewal date.
If you are currently employed and have been since prior to Dec. 31, 2014, you are required to obtain updated certifications as follows:
By Dec. 31, 2015, if the certification is older than 60 months; or
By Dec. 31, 2015, if you have not received certification (because you were employed in the same position and were not required to obtain certifications under prior law).
Foster Parents and Prospective Adoptive Parents:
Beginning July 1, 2015, clearances must be obtained by foster and pre-adoptive parents and their adult household members who reside in the home for at least 30 calendar days in a year every 60 months.
NOTE: Adoptive parents who are not planning to adopt in the future do not need to renew their clearances every 60 months.
Clearances must be renewed every 60 months.
If you were approved as a volunteer before August 25, 2015, and do not have clearances (because you previously were not required to obtain clearances) you have until July 1, 2016, to get your clearances.
If you were approved as a volunteer before August 25, 2015 and you have certifications because your organization required one or all of them and your certifications are older than 60 months, you also have until July 1, 2016, to obtain your certifications.
If you were approved as a volunteer before August 25, 2015 and you have certifications because your organization required one or all of them and your certifications are less 60 months, you also have until 60 months from the date of your oldest certification, to renew your certifications and to obtain any certifications now required that you may not been previously required to obtain (i.e. if your organization required the Child Abuse certification, but not the PSP certification, when your Child Abuse certification expires based on the 60 month cycle, you would naturally add in any of the other required certifications).
Note: Organizations sometimes create their own policies in regards to how frequently child abuse history clearances are required within their organizations. Their policies cannot require applicants to obtain clearances less than what the law requires; however, their policies can require applicants to obtain clearances more frequently than the law requires. So please check with the organization that is requiring a clearance to understand their specific policies