Becoming A CERA/CERV Graduate

How to becoming A Graduate

Follow these steps and suggested guidelines for certification and graduation requirements for any of the following:

  • Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA)
  • Certified Elections/Registration Vendor (CERV)
  • Certified Elections Monitor (CEM)
  • Step 1:

    Review the Certification Requirements for Graduation

    • View the Core Graduation Courses (1-12) listing.
    • View the Calendar of scheduled courses, dates and locations.
    • Course Requirements:
      • Complete a total of 12 core graduation courses. Each course is 1 1⁄2 days. Program must be completed within 12 years.
      • Note: Courses do not have to be taken in sequence. To expedite CERA/CERV/CEM certification, we encourage enrolling in the courses whenever they are offered.
    • Experience Requirements:
      • Serve as a full time election/voter registration official OR have a full time job where election/voter registration is a portion of your job duties; AND
      • Administer one jurisdiction-wide election; AND
      • Have 2 years of election or voter registration experience by graduation date.
    • Conference/Workshop Requirements (2 events):
      • Attend 2 Election Center conferences or workshops; OR
      • Attend 1 Election Center event PLUS attend 1 event from another association (minimum of 5 hours of election or voter registration subject matter).
        Note: These must occur between the admission date and graduation date.
    • Save all course/conference/workshop documentation including receipts, when attending events from organizations other than the Election Center. Documentation is required when applying for graduation. Documentation of attendance to Election Center conference/workshops is NOT required when applying for graduation.

    Step 2:

    Submit an Application for Graduation

    • Application for Graduation
    • Deadline for submitting an Application for Graduation is annually on June 1.
    • Include $175 application fee with application, OR include $275 if not attending conference and graduation ceremony or if attending graduation ceremony only.
    • Mail your completed graduation forms and fees (make checks payable to the Election Center) by June 1 to:
      • Election Center
        403 W Grand Pkwy S
        Ste. F, #404
        Katy, TX 77494
        Phone: (281) 396-4309
        Fax: (281) 396-4315
    • Call for overnight delivery address.
    • If further information is needed, you will be contacted for clarification or to submit additional information. You will be notified by Election Center regarding approval or denial of your application.
    • Attend graduation ceremony at national conference and receive official pin, plaque and recognition.
    • Have questions? Go to FAQ - CERA/CERV Graduation.
    Reminder: Graduates who attend the graduation ceremony only and not the conference will be assessed an additional $100 to cover pro rata share of the ceremony. Graduates who do not attend the conference or the ceremony will be assessed a shipping handling fee of $100 to cover shipping costs and pro rata share of the ceremony.

    Step 3:

    Submit an application to Renew Your CERA/CERV Status

    • Application for Renewal
    • Include $150 renewal fee with application.
    • Deadline for renewal is annually on December 31.
    • Renewal status is required every three years.
      • Example: If your graduation/renewal date is 8/10/19, you should renew your status by submitting an Application for Renewal by 12/31/22.
    • Course Requirements:
      • Complete one PEP renewal course during your three-year renewal period (renewal courses are offered in February, April and August conferences/workshops each year)
    • Conference/Workshop Requirements (2 events):
      • Attend two Election Center conferences/workshops, OR
      • Attend one Election Center conference/workshop PLUS one event from another organization/association (must be specific conferences as listed in the PEP Manual and each qualifying conference must offer a minimum of 5 hours of election or voter registration subject matter).
        Note: This must occur between your graduation date or your last renewal and the three-year renewal deadline date.
    • Mail your completed graduation forms and fees (make checks payable to the Election Center) by December 31 to:
      • Election Center
        403 W Grand Pkwy S
        Ste. F, #404
        Katy, TX 77494
        Phone: (281) 396-4309
        Fax: (281) 396-4315
    • Have questions? Go to FAQ - CERA/CERV Renewal.