Getting Your Organization CE Accredited
The easiest way to get accredited is to visit your accrediting body's website and learn about their specific requirements. Every accrediting body, as well as each state, has their own requirements and regulations when it comes to accrediting providers. For example, if you are trying to become accredited in Continuing Medical Education you might visit www.accme.org/accreditation-rules to learn about specific requirements.
How BeaconLive Can Help
Provide customizable workflow processes to help track and store all of the assets (presentation assets, invitation / agenda, speaker bios, external attendance reporting, CE applications & CE application results, etc.) needed for approval and future audits - saving you time and replacing the multiple systems needed to track all assets
Generate the applications for the accrediting bodies that still require a paper application - saving you time on manual processes
Track approved vs applied for vs pending credits throughout the lifecycle of the event - eliminating spreadsheets and providing you with reports within seconds
Once accreditation is achieved, we also manage compliance through our integration with Micron Systems' CE Manager.
What BeaconLive Doesn’t Do
Apply to the accrediting bodies
Review content or assets to ensure it meets the accrediting bodies' requirements
For Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Accreditation
ABA, MCLE, and Continuing Legal Education Regulators Association (CLEreg)
CLEreg Interactive CLE Directory Map
The ABA is not an accrediting body or regulatory agency, but a provider of continuing legal education to the legal community at large. CLE accreditation is given on a state-by-state basis. There is no nationwide accreditation since the MCLE programs are administered by the state supreme courts through a special CLE commission or board.
Overall, the process for MCLE accreditation is a lengthy one, requiring about two to three months of advance preparation. Each state with an MCLE requirement administers its own program with its own distinct set of rules, regulations, and sponsor fees. Therefore, a CLE provider seeking MCLE accreditation of its programs must apply to each state individually, which BeaconLive’s Workflow Processor can help streamline.
Individual attorneys may also request accreditation from their particular states after the program has taken place by providing course materials, a special application, and possibly a small fee. Again, each state has its own procedure. To learn more, visit the website of the Continuing Legal Education Regulators Association (CLEreg), which contains links to individual MCLE state websites where you may download or review the MCLE rules and regulations. You will also find contact names, addresses and telephone numbers for jurisdiction regulators, and a Uniform Application for Accreditation.
CLE Accreditation Requirements by State
Becoming an accredited continuing legal education (CLE) provider requires strict adherence to a state bar’s accreditation process. If you’re seeking to get your CLE course accredited, ensure that you follow the steps necessary in your specific jurisdiction. Each state’s bar association follows its own protocols for CLE accreditation. If you’re attempting to have your course accredited in multiple jurisdictions, you’ll need to follow the steps for approval in each state in which you would like to be accredited. This page contains a summary of the CLE accreditation process for each U.S. state.
For Continuing Medical Education (CME) Accreditation
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
For first-time, or initial applicants, the accreditation process takes twelve to eighteen months. To begin and support your process, please review the educational information about ACCME accreditation and expectations, found on this FAQ webpage.
The ACCME accredits organizations that provide continuing medical education for physicians. The ACCME does not accredit individual educational activities.
For Continuing Professional Education (CPE) / Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Accreditation
National Registry of CPE Sponsors
The first step to becoming a National Registry Sponsor is to complete and submit an Interest Form indicating the delivery methods your organization plans to offer. The delivery methods include group live, group internet based, QAS self study, blended learning and nano learning. An email containing a link to the online initial application will be sent to the contact listed on the Interest Form.
The contact for your organization should review the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs and gather supporting documentation that is required to be submitted as part of the initial application.
The initial application contains help text to assist in completion of required elements. Sample templates of required documents are available here.
CPE Requirements by State
All jurisdictions accept courses from Registry sponsors to a certain extent. However, some jurisdictions have additional requirements. You can see which jurisdictions have these requirements by using the Filter feature on this page.
Click on the jurisdiction name on this page to see a summary of requirements. Use the slider bar to the right of the requirements list to view additional requirements.
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
Here you will find the contact information, as well as a listing of statutes, for the State Board of Accountancy in each of the 55 jurisdictions.
HR Certification Institute (HRCI)
HRCI®, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is the premier credentialing and learning organization for the human resources profession. HRCI develops and offers world-class learning, as well as the administration of eight global certifications and is dedicated to helping professionals achieve new competencies that drive business results.
An independent nonprofit organization, HRCI is dedicated to advancing the HR profession by developing and administering best-in-class certifications, including:
Become and Approved Provider (AP) or Conference Provider (CP) by getting started here.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Accreditation
International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
The Accredited Provider (AP) application and review is a rigorous process that involves extensive hands-on evaluation by the IACET Commission. Its thorough nature ensures that AP status is valued in the marketplace and that organizations that have been approved as an IACET Accredited Provider are the best of the best.
The IACET application process is completely online. Application can be found here.
For Joint Commission, CARF, COA, EAGLE and IACET Accreditation
Accreditation Guru offers a variety of ways to help your organization on the road to accreditation. Below is a list of their current offerings. For more information click on the links provided.
Hourly or Project Specific Help
Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition
(Dental and other Healthcare Providers)
Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition (CCERP)
The Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition serves the public, the dental profession, and other healthcare providers by developing and implementing standards that promote excellence in continuing dental education to support professional competence and continuous improvement of patient care.
The CCERP application process is completely online. Application can be found here.