How to Get CE, CEU, CLE & CME Accredited And Link Directory

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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.

 

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How To Get Accredited

 

Who is your audience?

What is their credential?

Your Accrediting body & how to find them

How to get started

Lawyers (CLE)

Each individual state bar

Find your state bar using this directory

Use our experienced partner to file your state CLE jurisdiction accreditation applications or handle this aspect yourself using BeaconLive’s Admin Workflow Processor to collect, create, and store all necessary jurisdiction application information

Doctors (CME)

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

Become ACCME Accredited

Work with our CME accrediting partner or handle this step yourself using BeaconLive's Admin Workflow Processor. Note: for first-time, or initial applicants, the accreditation process takes 12-18 months. The ACCME accredits organizations that provide CME for physicians, not individual educational activities.

Behavioral Health Specialists & Psychologists

America Psychological Association (APA)

APA Accreditation Process

Depending on your needs, our accrediting partner might be able to help. Please reach out to discuss. To begin the APA accreditation process on your own, your program must first register as an applicant in the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA) Portal. After submitting your registration, OPCA staff will review and approve.

Business Professionals & Business Leaders (CPE, CPD, CEU)

International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Become an IACET Accredited Provider

Create a free user account profile here. Once logged in, download the Accreditation Readiness Calculator and free Guide to IACET Accreditation for what to expect regarding the accreditation process, as well as policies, fees, and timelines.

Accountants (CPE, CPA)

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

Preparing to apply to NASBA

The first step is to complete and submit an Interest Form. You should review the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs and gather required application documentation.

Dentists

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)

Read through the Portal Instructions for Accreditation Application and email your discipline-specific manager to request an application via the Staff Directory

 

 

Link Directory

 

For Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Accreditation

 

ABA, MCLE, and Continuing Legal Education Regulators Association (CLEreg)

CLEreg Interactive CLE Directory Map 

https://www.clereg.org/directory 

 

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.

 

Quimbee

CLE Accreditation Requirements by State

https://www.quimbee.com/resources/cle-accreditation 

 

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)

https://www.accme.org/become-accredited 

 

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

https://www.nasbaregistry.org/preparing-to-apply 

 

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

https://www.nasbaregistry.org/cpe-requirements 

 

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

https://nasba.org/stateboards/ 

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)

https://www.hrci.org/get-started 

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 certificates 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 certificates, including:

Request info on exams

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)

https://www.iacet.org/ce-t-accreditation/application-process/ 

 

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

https://accreditationguru.com/accreditation-programs-2/ 

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. 

Individual Consultation

Intro To Accreditation Webinar

Accreditation Bootcamp

Accreditation Preparation Program

Accreditation Maintenance

Reaccreditation

Hourly or Project Specific Help

 

Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition

(Dental and other Healthcare Providers)

 

Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition (CCERP)

https://ccepr.ada.org/en

 

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.

 


 

Topics: CE Library & Knowledgebase, Certificates, Continuing Education, Continuing Legal Education (CLE), Continuing Medical Education (CME)

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