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02-08-2006, 02:35 PM
i was wondering about the new CIRO certification, I passed the CIRO test in jan. of 06, on laser grade at lanier tech, will i have to re-test with the new certifications that reta has been working on?

US Iceman
02-08-2006, 02:51 PM
I'll me look into this and get back to you.

US Iceman
02-08-2006, 05:49 PM

I forwarded your question to RETA Nation headquarters, below you will find their response.

The test that has been given on Lasergrade since its inception is the ANSI “certified” test. His certification is valid for 3 years from his pass date. The official answer is NO. There is no need for him to re-test.

That clears it up for me too. When you are reading the RETA Breeze newsletter, do you have any comments on the column "You Asked For It"? I'm looking for comments and feedback on old topics and new subjects for discussion. Thanks.

02-08-2006, 07:10 PM
great, so what is required at the 3 yr. mark?

US Iceman
02-08-2006, 07:51 PM
You can keep your certification current by attending RETA meetings to get some hours of instruction, or other classes too I believe.

This is similar to PDC's (Professional Development Credits). By taking some different classes, these help to contribute to maintaining your certification.

Are you a RETA member?

02-08-2006, 09:24 PM
great, so what is required at the 3 yr. mark?

This seems very similar to our system. When you take City & Guilds training & exams the qualification last for life (say refigerant handling) but if you take the same training under CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) your qualification only last for 3 years.

Is this a rip off or what? Same training, same fees but one must be renewed for extra cash? Prove me wrong.

US Iceman
02-08-2006, 11:02 PM
Is this a rip off or what? Same training, same fees but one must be renewed for extra cash?

That's the problem I have with some of these programs.

In some respects, once you are trained and certified you should be OK, right. I could maybe go along with a reasonable annual fee to maintain the certification in active status.

The downside to this argument is that after sometime has passed, people tend to get lazy and cut corners, forget something, etc.

Having to be re-certified every couple of years forces us to keep current to pass the exam the next time.

This presents somewhat of a dilemma, and I am not sure what the answer is. I am however, opposed to just paying a fee every year, if all it serves is to collect money.

An interesting problem. What do others think about this?

mr cool
02-08-2006, 11:12 PM
its a catch 22 if you have to renew every 3 yrs then its not so bad as things change v fast in our industry if you do it once then its hard to keep up with new legislation.

03-08-2006, 02:15 PM
Yes i am a RETA member, also PSM requires training so hopefully that will cover the requirements

09-08-2006, 02:49 PM
Once you pass the "current" CIRO or CARO tests, you will need to show Continuing Education Units (CEU's) or Personal Development Hours (PDH's) prior to the end of your three year cycle. RETA is working on the details right now and more information will be forthcoming.

As I'm sure there are other CIRO and CARO questions, I'd encourage you to visit the RETA Website and Forum for more information along these lines.

The MG Pony
11-08-2006, 01:49 AM
I too agree with having to get recerted after 3 years how ever the fees should be kept to an absalute minimum for renewals!

15-08-2006, 03:10 PM
RETA is working on what these fees will be. We'll need to wait just a little longer to see what comes out of this process, but hopefully they will be kept at a minimum.