Upgrade from AEM® to CEM®

  • All upgrades must be completed online. Current AEMs can access the online application here.
  • A helpful Upgrade User Guide is available to provide step-by-step instructions of how to complete the application.

Currently, there is no fee to upgrade. If you successfully upgrade to the CEM designation, you will remain part of your original certification class.

Note for Candidates Who Recently Recertified as an AEM or Intend to Recertify in the Near Future

Individuals who recertify within six months of upgrading their credentials from AEM to a CEM no longer need to satisfy the Professional Contributions requirement as part of the re-certification application. The Professional Contributions requirements are waived for those who have converted their AEM to a CEM within the last six months.

Individuals who intend to upgrade to CEM within six months of their AEM recertification will need to supply additional professional contributions to reach the total of six needed for the CEM certification. Those who will upgrade to CEM more than six months after recertifying as an AEM will need to supply all six professional contributions.

Candidates will still need to complete the professional contribution section by entering the professional contributions that were already approved as well as uploading the notification letter (dated within the preceding six months) as documentation.

Candidates interested in recertifying as an AEM and upgrading to a CEM:

Candidates should not submit both applications at the same time through the online system. One application (the AEM recertification application or the CEM Upgrade application) should be submitted and reviewed first. Once the candidate receives the notification letter with the approval result, the second application can be submitted.


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