It is unethical for an applicant for ACVREP certification to represent himself/herself as ACVREP certified prior to receiving their certificate number.
It is also unethical for someone who has been certified to continue to represent that s/he is certified after his/her certification has expired or lapsed.
It has come to the attention of ACVREP that individuals without a valid, active ACVREP certification are nonetheless improperly representing themselves as ACVREP certified by using one or more ACVREP certification marks in connection with their name and/or job title, i.e., COMS, CVRT, CATIS or CLVT.
Therefore, ACVREP has implemented the following policy, to take effect immediately:
Unethical Representation of ACVREP Certification:
Effective July 5, 2016, if an Applicant represents him/herself as ACVREP certified prior to the applicant receiving a certification number, or if a once-certified individual continues to represent him/herself as certified after that certification has expired or lapsed, ACVREP, upon learning of such misrepresentation, shall provide written notice to the individual to cease and desist misrepresenting him/herself as ACVREP certified, and the individual shall then have seven calendar days to comply with the cease and desist order. If the individual fails to comply with the cease and desist order, the individual shall pay ACVREP a fine of $100, in addition to any other fees due, and the individual shall have to wait six months following the date that ACVREP assesses the fine before reapplying for ACVREP certification.
Safe Harbor Period: ACVREP applicants or certificants who may currently be in violation of this policy will have 30 days from the effective date of this policy in which to comply without penalty, but thereafter will be subject to the provisions of this policy.