You'll notice a lot of different information in the Handbook if you renewed by continuing education back in 2012 as there is now to renew by continuing education using an online process.
CDEs may still submit paper applications, but a paper application will not be included in the Handbook. It will need to be obtained via a pdf download for completion and submission.
In addition, per the information in the Handbook, please note that processing time will be significantly longer when using a paper application than using the online renewal method. We hope you'll find the online renewal option user friendly and convenient.
Besides the online option, the other big change is that regardless of how you choose to apply for renewal by continuing education, you will NOT need to submit a detailed report of your continuing education activities with the application (e.g., summary report). At the time of application, you will need to attest to reading the current Renewal Handbook, abiding by the Canons of Ethical Conduct, and meeting all of the renewal requirements. ONLY if you are chosen for audit (random process) will you need to complete and submit paperwork that verifies that you met each requirement at the time you applied. For the continuing education requirement, documentation will involve a summary form (or print out of online tracking report) and verification of attendance. (See tracking option and audit information below.)
Renewal of Certification by Continuing Education
The 2017 Renewal of Certification by Continuing Education Handbook† (and Application) will be available via a pdf download and in hard copy format in April 2017. There is no charge for the handbook and application.
Beginning March 1, 2017, you can submit a request that the 2017 Renewal of Certification by Continuing Education Handbook be sent to you via mail. To submit your request, contact our office using the information below and be sure to include your mailing address. The 2017 Handbook will be sent to you when it is available.
You can submit a request for the 2017 Renewal of Certification by Continuing Education Handbook be sent to you via mail. To submit your request, contact our office using the information below and be sure to include your mailing address.
Send requests to: (please do not send a request until March 1, 2017)
ATTN: Renewal Handbook
330 E. Algonquin Rd Suite 4
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone 877-239-3233 or 847-228-9795 Fax 847-228-8469
By email (submit beginning March 1, 2017): Click here to submit an email request for a 2017 Renewal by Continuing Education Handbook to be sent by mail (Please be sure to include your mailing address with the request).
Expired 12/31/2016? Click here to access the 2016 Renewal by Continuing Education Handbook as a pdf file. Note: Grace period paper application is required after postmark date of 12/15/2016. Click here to access the Grace Period application for use of postmark 12/16/2016 through 3/31/2017.
Regardless of the method chosen to renew by continuing education, CDEs are encouraged to make use of the tracking option found in the CDE area of the web site (CDE login). The tracking option is a very easy way to track/document continuing education activities. If you are chosen for audit, the printout of your activities from this area of the site can serve as the Summary Form portion of the audit document package.
If you are chosen for audit, you will be notified and a deadline date for response will be included. Click here to see the 2016 audit documentation as a reference.
†IMPORTANT: Be sure to review the Handbook for the dates that applications are accepted. Applications cannot be accepted outside of the application windows.
Submission of Application
Renewal of Certification by Continuing Education
The 2016 window for submitting applications for renewal by continuing education opens
July 17, 2017, 1:00pm Central Time.
Please do not attempt to renew online or submit a paper application before that time.
Prior to completing the application, certificants will want to review the Handbook for the details on the application windows and deadline dates, along with important information on accrual timelines.
Applications for renewal by continuing education may be submitted online or using the paper application. Paper applications are only accepted by mail and cannot be accepted via facsimile or email.
Submission: See the Handbook for Renewal by Continiung Education for the various ways you may submit an application. Review the "Adherence to Published Policies" section of the Handbook for additional information also. To renew online, click here to access the CDE log in area. Once logged in, the renewal by continuing option will appear as a menu option beginning July 17, 2017 (left-hand side of screen).
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