How often do I need to recertify?

Recertification occurs every 5 years from the date of acquisition.
For holders of the DFSRH, this may occur at less or more than 5 years, at the time of the first recertification, so that the due date can be synchronised with the DFSRH recertification date. This will ultimately allow all qualifications to be recertified at the same time.

Synchronisation of Letters of Competence and FRT status - the 'Two year rule'
If the LoC or FRT status has been obtained more than 2 years before the date of recertification of the DFSRH then it will have to be recertified earlier than the normal 5 years, and this recertification will occur at the same time as that for the DFSRH.

Example 1:
For a DFSRH obtained in September 2013, the recertification date is September 2018.

For a LoC/FRT obtained in December 2014 (i.e. more than 2 years before the DFSRH recertification date of September 2018), the recertification date of the LoC, FRT status and DFSRH will be synchronised to September 2018.

If the LoC/FRT has been obtained within 2 years of the date of first recertification for the DFSRH it will not need to be recertified at that DFSRH recertification, but will be held over and be recertified at the time of the next DFSRH recertification date.

Example 2:
For a DFSRH obtained in September 2013, the recertification date is September 2018.

For a LoC/FRT obtained in April 2017 (i.e. within 2 years of the DFSRH recertification date), there will only be recertification of the DFSRH in September 2018, but in September 2023, there will be recertification of DFSRH, LoC and FRT status.

Read more about recertification here.