ANCDS GUIDELINES FOR DOCUMENTING CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS (CECs)

Six broad areas of activity can be credited: meetings; workshops; post Masters degree courses audited; post Masters degree courses taken for credit; presentations or courses taught; workshops; publications. Examples of activities that are applicable to each area are summarized in the next section.

Individuals who hold Board Certification are expected to engage in 60 hours of continuing education activities every three years. This keeps Certified members’ knowledge and skills up to date and further enhances their ability to serve people with neurologic communication disorders. For this reason, applicants for Board Certification are asked to demonstrate their continuing education activities as a representation of their involvement in the field.

The following section summarizes and provides examples of activities that can meet CEC requirements. Please note that the activities listed under each continuing education category are just examples; they do not represent an exhaustive listing of acceptable activities. If applicants are uncertain about the acceptability of certain activities, they should contact the Certification Board for clarification before submitting their application materials.

Category 1 | Category 2 | Category 3 | Category 4 | Category 5 | Category 6

Category 1 - Professional Meetings

Examples:

  • ANCDS Annual Meeting
  • Clinical Aphasiology Conference
  • Conference on Motor Speech
  • Academy of Aphasia
  • ASHA Convention
  • State Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conventions
  • Regional and local conferences
  • Within work facility departmental meetings, grand rounds, guest lectures, etc.

Documentation:

  • ASHA Continuing Education Registry transcripts
  • Meeting program with proof of registration (e.g., receipt, attendee listing)
  • For within-work facility activities without formal registration or documentation- a listing of topics and hours, with verification signed by a worksupervisor

CEC Credits:

  • 10 contact hours = I CEC

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Category 2 - Workshops

Includes on-site workshops, seminars and presentations, teleconferences, and videoconferences; usually focused on a well-defined topic and presented by one or a few individuals.

Examples:

  • PICA workshops
  • ASHA-sponsored teleconferences
  • ASHA/RTN video conferences
  • National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders Telerounds Workshops sponsored by hospitals, universities, private corporations, etc.

Documentation:

  • ASHA Continuing Education Registry transcripts
  • Workshop program with proof of registration (e.g., receipt, attendee listing)
  • For within-work facility activities without registration or ASHA CEC documentation - a listing of topics and hours with verification signed by a work supervisor

CEC Credits:

  • 10 contact hours = 1 CEC

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Category 3 - Auditing Post - Masters Courses & Self-Study

Examples:

  • Auditing graduate level courses
  • Audio or videotape presentations viewed as self-study
  • Special Interest Division 2 Newsletters read for self-study credit
  • Other ASHA-sponsored self-study activities

Documentation:

  • For audited courses, academic transcript or signed verification from course instructor
  • For self-study activities, ASHA Continuing Education Registry transcripts or comparable documentation

CEC Credits:

  • 1 course (regardless of number of credits) = 1 CEC 
  • 10 contact hours for documented self-study = 1 CEC

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Category 4 - Completing Post-Masters Courses for Credit

Documentation:

  • Academic transcript or signed verification from course instructor 
    Note: course must be passed

CEC Credits:

  • 1 course (regardless of number of credits) = 2 CECs 
    Note: only 1.5 CECs outside the area of neurologic communication disorders can be credited toward recertification requirements

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Category 5 - Presentations

Examples:

  • Refereed papers, poster sessions and presentations at national, state or regional professional meetings
  • Invited workshops, seminars, presentations, teleconferences and videoconferences, Graduate level courses taught for credit (1 course = 1 presentation)

Documentation:

  • Anything that documents authorship, title of presentation, location and date, such as programs, brochures, letters of acceptance, course outlines, course catalogues, published abstracts, etc.

CEC Credits:

  • 1 presentation = 1 CEC (regardless of duration of presentation)
    Note: a specific presentation given multiple times can only be credited once in the three year recertification per year

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Category 6 - Publications

Examples:

  • Refereed journal articles Invited articles in refereed journals
  • Refereed or invited book chapters
  • Books
  • Standardized published tests
    Note: published abstracts and letters to the editor cannot be credited as publications, but published abstracts can be used to document a presentation

Documentation:

  • Any of the following: reprint, first page of the publication with complete reference information, letter of acceptance

CEC Credits:

  • 1 publication = 2 CECs
    Note: only 1.5 CECs outside the area of neurologic communication disorders can be credited toward recertification requirements

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