Sanctions don’t stay still, and neither do you, as a CSS professional. That’s why every three years, you need to recertify. The CSS recertification process ensures that all certified professionals continue their commitment to development.

ACSS holds records of every certified member, so employers can confirm the credentials of future employees.

By recertifying, you retain your CSS certification and everything that comes with it. That includes:

Your Designation

Having the CSS letters after your name exemplifies your expertise and opens professional doors. If you chose not to recertify, you can no longer use the CSS designation.

Your Community

Being CSS certified connects you with fellow graduates across the world. Stay part of a community of professionals just like you – dedicated to sanctions compliance.

Your Opportunity for Growth

When you recertify, you continue your commitment to learning. Make sure your knowledge is up-to-date with the ever-evolving world of sanctions – don’t get left behind.

The CSS recertification process is quick and easy:

Follow the steps below:

Have the Certified Sanctions Specialist (CSS) designation

  • Only individuals who passed the CSS Examination in 2019 can apply for the recertification.

Be an active CSS member

  • In order to register for the recertification you have to be an active member of CSS.
  • If you are not sure on your membership click on the button below to access your account

Download and complete CSS recertification form and affidavit

Meet the Continuing Education credit requirements

  • A total of 60 continuing education credits must be accumulated within a three-year cycle. These can be sanctions or export controls related courses from ACSS, internal training, or other providers.
  • Applicants will not be granted continuing education credits for activities completed prior to obtaining their CSS credential or their most recent recertification.
  • Additional credits earned past the required 60 cannot be rolled over to the following cycle.
  • The deadline for earning continuing education credits is December 15 of the year of your recertification.

Submit an online application with the appropriate renewal fees

  • DOCUMENTATION. Applicants do not need to include supporting documentation along with the recertification application; however, they are advised to retain original copies of their supporting documents in their files in the event that ACSS should find it necessary to audit their records.
  • Cost

Recertification fees

Early application
Regular application
Late application
The CSS Recertification Application and Evaluation Fees must be received no later than October 1st (90 days before the recertification deadline)
The CSS Recertification Application and Evaluation Fees must be received no later than December 15 (the recertification deadline)
The CSS Recertification Application and Evaluation Fees must be received no later than March 31st (90 days after the recertification deadline)

ACSS will not accept late recertification applications postmarked after March 31. Fees can be paid by credit card.

Points audit

The ACSS audit process ensures that ACSS certified individuals have complied with their recertification requirements. Audits are performed regularly. ACSS will notify selected audit candidates advising them of the processes.