1. Addition of Expanded Activities! 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 Edcuation Guidelines for Reporting Continuing Education Activities document.
  2. Renewals can now be done online! If you are renewing by CE, our online renewal is a quick and easy process and very user friendly.  To renew online, login to your CDE portal and click on 'Online Renewal Application' (located in the left hand navagation pane) where you will be redirected to the online renewal application pages to begin the online process.  From there you will navagate through the various renewal screens to completion of your renewal. First renewal window for 2018 opens on July 16. Stay tuned!  We hope you will try the online renewal option and find it user friendly and convenient way to renew.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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 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.
  5. Of course, CDEs may still submit paper applications; however, a paper application is NOT included in the Handbook. Once available, 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. 


Obtain Handbook:

2018CEHandbook       The 2018 Renewal of Certification by Continuing Education Handbook† is now available in PDF format,
       to download click here.  Requests are currently being taken for a hard copy of the 2018 Renewal of
       Certification by Continuing Education Handbook to be sent to you via mail. To request a hard copy of the 2018
       Renewal Handbook, submit your request to our office using the information below and be sure to include your
       mailing address.


Send requests for a hard copy of the 2018 Renewal Handbook to:

ATTN: Renewal Handbook
330 E. Algonquin Rd Suite 4
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
via Email:
via Phone: Phone 877-239-3233 or 847-228-9795 Fax 847-228-8469

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.

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. 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 exact deadline and a link to the required documentation will be provided in the email notice. Click here to see the 2018 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

The 2018 window for submitting applications for renewal by continuing education will open July 16, 2018. 

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.

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