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IEEE Certified Biometrics Professional® (CBP) Program to be Discontinued

New York, NY - January 2, 2014 IEEE today announced the discontinuation of the IEEE Certified Biometrics Professional® (CBP) Program. IEEE has proudly offered the CBP Program since 2009, with more than 1,000 individuals using the educational materials and more than 400 biometrics professionals earning the CBP credential to date. However, the number of candidates pursuing the CBP credential is lower than needed to sustain the program into the future. In response to current and expected future market conditions, the IEEE Educational Activities Board has voted to discontinue the IEEE CBP program.

IEEE will continue to recognize the CBP credential, and individuals who have earned the IEEE CBP credential may continue to list the CBP initials after their names. There will no longer be a certification renewal requirement effective immediately. IEEE will maintain records of all examinations taken and will continue to verify IEEE CBP certification for employers who inquire about credentials.

For individuals who wish to earn the CBP credential before the program is discontinued, IEEE will offer the CBP examination until November 30, 2014. The CBP examination is scheduled to be offered during two examination administration windows in 2014, from May 24–June 30 and from October 18–November 30.

IEEE will continue to offer the IEEE CBP Learning System through November 30, 2014. However, access to the online tools of the Learning System will expire on December 31, 2014.

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