Big News! There is a new designation of Expanded Activities that can be used in addition to the formal continuing education activities. Learn more in the Renewal by Continuing Education Update for CDEs Renewing in 2017 and Later Guidelines for Reporting Continuing Education Activities document.
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 is NOT included in the Handbook. It can 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.
Another 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.)
Audit documentation must be received at the NCBDE National Office no later than the deadline date identified in the audit notice provided via email. The deadline date is approximately 14 days after the application is submitted. IMPORTANT: A late fee of $25 will be assessed for the review of audit documentation not received by the deadline date identified in the audit notice.
The 2017 Renewal of Certification by Continuing Education Handbook† is available now via a pdf file download and will be available in hard copy format in April 2017. There is no charge for the handbook and application.
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. Note: Hard copy requests received prior to April 1, 2017 will be fulfilled via mail the week of April 10, 2017.
Send requests to:
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: 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).
Whether you choose to apply online or paper, CDEs are encouraged to make use of the tracking option found in the CDE portal 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.
Click here for the paper application.
If you are chosen for audit, you will be notified via email and must provide required documentation by the deadline date identified in the audit notice. The deadline date is approximately 14 days after submitting the application. The exact deadline and a link to the required documentation will be provided in the email notice. Click here to see the 2017 audit documentation as a reference. IMPORTANT: A late fee of $25 will be assessed for the review of audit documentation not received by the deadline date identified in the audit notice.
†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
The 2017 window for submitting applications for renewal by continuing education opens
July 17, 2017, 1:00 pm 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 access the online renewal application, plan to access the CDE portal beginning July 17, 2017. After logging in, the renewal by continuing education option will appear as an option on the left-hand side of screen.
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