SAS Certification Program
Documentation Required for Application Process
Applications must be completed in their entirety and should include all information required on the appropriate form. Incomplete applications may be rejected or additional information may be requested of the applicant. Applications should be received by March 31st. All applications received between April 1st and April 30th will be charged/invoiced a Late Fee of $25. Applications without full payment will not be reviewed. Certification will be approved or denied in June unless the Certification Committee advises the applicant that additional time and information is needed for review. Applicants can expect to be notified of their status during the end of July of the year applied. If approved for certification (both new and renewed), you will receive an official certificate reflecting your level of certification and years your certification will be active. For more information on the certification process timeline, see the timeline below. After five (5) years, all certified spectroscopists will be asked to apply for recertification. Recertification at a higher level than previously certified requires the submission of a Certification Upgrade Application (rather than the Recertification Application).
Certification is valid for 5 years, but there is a one-year grace period for recertification, after which certification lapses before a new application must be filed. All Non-Member certifications include a one-year free membership in SAS.
Certification Process Timeline
A decision may be appealed in writing to the SAS Governing Board.
The Certification Committee with approval of the SAS Governing Board, shall have the authority to censure a certification, to suspend certification for a stated period, or to revoke certification on the finding that an individual has willfully violated the Code of Ethics or misrepresented the facts at the time of certification. Such a finding may be reached by concluding that an allegation of improper deportment is true. Such an allegation may be presented to the Board in writing, by any member of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. Anonymous allegations will not be entertained. Anyone named a party to such proceeding shall be informed in a timely manner of the evidence brought forward and be given an opportunity to respond to the allegations. The Committee will forward all material to the Governing Board. After review of the case by the Committee and the Board, the Committee will render a written decision informing the certified spectroscopist, the individual who initiated the allegation, and the Governing Board.
Last Modified: Oct 4, 2016