If you are a holder of old OMG certificates - OCUP v1, OCEB v1 or OCSMP - you are in luck! These exams do not expire.
However there are newer versions published - UML 2 (OCUP 2) and BPM 2 (OCEB 2).
The general rule for the new OMG exams is:
"Your certification expires 5 years from the date you passed your exam.
The same or a higher-level certification must be taken prior to the previous certification’s expiration date to extend your certification."
Once you pass the exam, the clock starts ticking. You have exactly 5 years to choose between two options:
If you take no action, your certificate will expire. This is particularly acute if you have already passed two or more exams in a single certification path. If your second or third level exam expires you have to start over :(
There used to be a "last 6-months period" policy which allowed you to retake your exam only during this time but it has been recently removed. There is also no cap on retakes.
Let's see how it works in practice - our case is the BPM 2 certification.
Once you pass the Fundamental exam, you have up to 5 years to either take one of the higher level exams (Business Intermediate or Technical Intermediate) or retake the Fundamental one when you are nearing the end of the exam's expiration date.
In fact, you should pass both Intermediate exams within 5 years so that the validity of the Fundamental exam does not expire.
Pro tip: put your exam expiration date on your calendar.
Looking for OMG exam preparation materials?
OMG BPM 2 practice questions and courses, bpmn certification: https://www.edumax.pro/lp/oceb
OMG UML 2 practice questions and courses, uml certification: https://www.edumax.pro/lp/ocup