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Find Out How To Get Your Organization CE Accredited 


Your organization's continuing education (CE) offerings are crucial to your overall business plan. CE courses attract new members to your organization and offer critical opportunities for professionals looking to further their industry knowledge. 

 

For many participants, accredited continuing education credits are required to maintain specific licenses in different industries. Every accrediting body, as well as each state, has its requirements and regulations when it comes to accrediting providers. 

 

So this means you need to ensure your CE courses are correctly accredited so they make the most significant impact and attract the largest audience possible. 

 

The easiest way to get accredited is to visit your accrediting body's website and learn about their specific requirements. 

 

For example, if you want to become accredited in Continuing Medical Education, visit www.accme.org/accreditation-rules to learn about specific requirements.

Table Of Contents

1. Legal Accreditation

2. Medical Accreditations

3. CEU Accreditation

4. APA Accreditation

5. CODA Accreditation

6. Business Sector Accreditations

7. CPD Accreditation

8. CPA Accreditation

9. AIA Accreditation

10. How BeaconLive Can Help

11. Quick Reference Chart

12. Link Directory

 

Legal Accreditation

CLE Accreditation

CLE, or Continuing Legal Education, accreditation is a type of professional education for legal professionals.

 

BeaconLive can manage all aspects of CLE accreditation applications, learner tracking, certificate issuance and jurisdiction reporting. Our in-house CLE specialists will ensure your courses are applied for accreditation in each state or jurisdiction selected by your learners, track the status, and submit attendance reports where applicable.

 

Our solution includes access to our CE Application Workflow Processor: one unified dashboard to automate the application, approval, tracking and lifecycle process for CLE accreditation applications and audits. 

 

CE Application Workflow Processor:

 

CLE DataSheet

 

 

 

What Is CLE Accreditation?

Once lawyers become a part of the bar association, they must complete a set amount of CLE to maintain their accreditation. The ABA is not an accrediting body or regulatory agency but a provider of continuing legal education to the legal community. 

 

CLE accreditation is given on a state-by-state basis. There is no nationwide accreditation since the state supreme courts administer the MCLE programs through a special CLE commission or board.

 

The amount of CLE and required courses vary from state to state. Find your state bar using this directory.

 

Who Is CLE Accreditation For?

CLE accreditation is for lawyers and other legal professionals looking to stay up to date on the latest developments in their field. 

 

Without CLE, lawyers cannot retain their license in their state and, therefore, cannot practice law in that state. 

 

Becoming an accredited continuing legal education (CLE) provider requires strict adherence to a state bar's accreditation process. To get your CLE course accredited, ensure that you follow the steps necessary in your specific jurisdiction. 

 

Each state's bar association follows its 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 where you would like to be accredited. 

 

How To Get CLE Accreditation

Overall, the process for MCLE accreditation is lengthy, requiring about two to three months of preparation. Each state with an MCLE requirement administers its program with its distinct 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 states after the program has taken place by providing course materials, a specific application, and possibly a small fee. Again, each state has its procedure. 

 

To learn more, visit the Continuing Legal Education Regulators Association (CLEreg) website, which contains links to individual MCLE state websites where you can 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.

 

Medical Accreditations

CME Accreditation

Continuing Medical Education, or CME, is a term that refers to activities that will help medical professionals stay current in developments in areas like patient care, best practices, and other essential topics. 

 

What Is CME Accreditation?

CME accreditation is meant to facilitate opportunities for lifelong learning for professionals in the medical community. One hour of continuing medical education equals one CME credit. 

 

Since medicine is constantly evolving, medical professionals must learn new skills to reflect the best possible medical care for their patients. 

 

This will allow them to improve their performance and save lives with new techniques. 

 

Who Is CME Accreditation For?

CME courses are geared towards doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals who require certification or licensure to practice medicine. 

 

These medical professionals must complete a specific amount of CME credits to keep their licenses for a specific time. 

 

There are also specific topics in their CME, such as mental health, substance abuse awareness, and patient care updates. 

 

The timeframe and required credits vary from state to state, so professionals must inquire with their accrediting body. 

 

Physicians can use the online resources provided by The American Medical Association, or AMA, to log and track their CME activities. This allows professionals access to their continuing medical education records to keep tabs on which classes they need to complete. 

 

How To Get CME Accreditation

The ACCME accredits organizations that provide continuing medical education for physicians. The ACCME does not accredit individual educational activities.

 

BeaconLive, through our partner, The Tennessee Medical Association, an ACCME accredited provider of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, can offer accreditation and oversight for your programs. 

 

You can also handle this step yourself using BeaconLive's Admin Workflow Processor. For initial applicants, the accreditation process takes 12-18 months. The ACCME accredits organizations that provide CME for physicians, not individual educational activities.

 

To begin and support your process, please review the educational information about ACCME accreditation and expectations found on this FAQ webpage. 

 

CEU Accreditation

 

What Is CEU Accreditation?

Continuing Education Units are much like CME credits, except they are more intensive and calculated differently. 

 

Contact hours are measures that represent 50-60 minutes of dedicated instruction. One CEU equals ten contact hours. One contact hour equals .1 CEU. 

 

Each accrediting body requires a certain amount of CEUs in specific categories. These requirements vary depending on certification type and state. 

 

Who Is CEU Accreditation For?

CEUs are typically required for nursing professionals. It helps them stay current on proper healthcare standards, training, and best practices. 

 

Since nurses are on the front lines and work directly with patients daily, they must stay current on any updates to the medical field and their specialty area. 

 

Some states do not require continuing education for nurses. However, many mandates that RNs complete a certain number and type of continuing education unit courses to maintain licensure. 

 

How To Get CEU Accreditation

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 approved as an IACET Accredited Provider are the best. 

 

The IACET application process is entirely online. You can find the application here.

 

APA Accreditation

 

What Is An APA Accreditation?

American Psychological Association accreditation is a program that provides scientific and professional standards to supposed the ethical, skillful, and successful administration of psychological care. 

 

This is a critical accreditation because it communicates that your experience is grounded in evidence-based services geared towards improving the public's well-being. 

 

Who Is APA Accreditation For?

APA accreditation is essential for behavioral health specialists and psychologists because their program is specialized. It signals that participants are well prepared to deal with public health issues. 

 

The APA Commission on Accreditation is a specialized accreditor, meaning they will only offer accreditation to doctoral graduate programs, post-doctoral residences, and doctoral internships in the psychology area of health service. 

 

This accreditation is the most coveted industry because it offers participants opportunities. Those who take an APA-accredited course can expect grant opportunities, exceptional preparation for licensure, and the ability to stand out from the crowd in the job market. 

 

How To Get APA Accreditation

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 it. Remember, there are no APA-accredited undergrad programs. This accreditation is specifically for doctoral-level opportunities. 

 

Depending on your needs, BeaconLive's accrediting partner can help. Please reach out to discuss this.

 

CODA Accreditation

 

What Is A CODA Accreditation?

CODA stands for The Commission of Dental Accreditation. They accredit educational programs in the dental field. 

 

This includes advanced and allied dental education courses in the United States. 

 

It's essential because they establish, maintain, and apply standards that guarantee high-quality and continuous improvement in the dental field.  

 

Who Is CODA Accreditation For?

CODA accreditation is essential for dentists, dental hygienists, orthodontists, and other professionals in the dental field because it shows an independent leader has vetted their medical education in the industry. 

 

CODA is an independent organization whose only goal is to standardize and elevate dental care across the country. So it's like a gold star to be accredited. 

 

This accreditation is optional, but dental professionals may only be eligible for licensure in their state if their education program is CODA accredited. 

 

How To Get CODA Accreditation

Any dental program can apply for CODA accreditation, even if the program isn't up and running. Your CE offerings can work through several levels of educational accreditation programs. 

 

After initial accreditation, most CODA-accredited programs must do a follow-up site review every seven years, with surgical programs needing a review every five years. 

 

However, the highest accreditation level is without reporting, meaning the program meets or exceeds the essential requirements and doesn't need to be reviewed as often as other programs. 

 

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

 

Business Sector Accreditations

CPE Accreditation

Continuing Professional Education, or CPE credits, are points professionals earn for participating in specialized instruction and training in IT or other business-related fields. 

 

Its purpose is to ensure that all professionals in the field stay current on significant developments that directly impact their work. They allow companies to remain competitive and enable employees to further their careers.  

 

What Is CPE Accreditation?

CPE accreditation allows professionals in the IT field to maintain professional status. CPE courses can include training workshops, online classes, continuing education webinars, and conferences. 

 

Some industries even count serving on industry boards, volunteer work, or submitting a professional article for publication can be considered towards CPE accreditation. 

 

Programs vary in length, but no matter the approach, CPE is a necessity for professionals looking to further their existing careers. 

 

Who is CPE Accreditation For?

The target audience for CPE accreditation is IT professionals and other technology-based fields. However, other professional sectors also use continuing professional education to cover their development opportunities. 

 

Earning CPE credits is vital because they look great on a resume and allow professionals to continue growing in their field. Some CPE activities are brief and focused, while others are lengthy and involve an overview of a new skill, practice, or technology. 

 

Even CPE assessment tools allow you to determine if the continuing education activity or course meets the requirements for your next certification renewal cycle. 

 

How To Get CPE Accreditation

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 live instruction, internet-based classes, QAS self-study, blended learning, and nano-learning. An email containing a link to the initial online 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 must be submitted as part of the initial application.

 

The initial application contains help text to assist in the completion of required elements. Sample templates of necessary documents are available here.

 

CPD Accreditation

CPD, or Continuing Professional Development, refers to a set of activities that help with the maintenance of current skills and the development of new knowledge.

 

They range from formal courses led by instructors to self-paced virtual professional development opportunities. 

 

What Is CPD Accreditation?

Continuing Professional Development is more than a training program. Its goal is to expand skills and knowledge for the future. 

 

At the end of a CPD course, participants receive a certificate to demonstrate what they've learned. This documentation can be included in a job application to give them a leg up on the competition or shown to an employer to show they've acquired a new skill.

 

Who Is CPD Accreditation For?

CPD accreditation is required for many professions, including anyone in a regulated business sector, such as accounting, financial services, or banking. 

 

A member of an accrediting body will most likely have CPD requirements attached to their profession by a governing institution or employer. 

 

If CPD is formally regulated, professionals must track their progress and CPD activities to be CPD accredited in that area. Employers typically formulate CPD plans to help employees take a targeted approach to continuing professional development. 

 

How To Get CPD Accreditation

Obtaining CPD accreditation will vary by profession and state. However, you can contact the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training to become an IACET-accredited provider.

 

You can download the Accreditation Readiness Calculator and Guide to IACET Accreditation to understand what to expect from the accreditation process and policies, fees, and timelines. 

 

CPA Accreditation

Certified Public Accountant, or CPA, is a certification granted through a graduate degree program. 

 

It's usually delivered by an accredited post-secondary institution or professional education program. 

 

Institutional accreditation ensures that the education you're receiving meets the rigorous standard set forth by the governing body. 

 

It helps the government recognize the accountant as an expert in their field and can be considered credible. 

 

If someone earns the CPA accreditation, it's generally assumed that they use best practices, are up to date on online accounting tools, and are well versed in accounting principles.

 

Who Is CPA Accreditation For?

CPA accreditation is meant for accountants looking to practice accounting and auditing in the United States. It can be obtained by a student coming through college or an existing accountant looking to further their potential. 

 

It gives accountants a leg up in their industry and makes them more marketable to businesses and clients. It makes them more qualified to perform some advanced accounting duties. It also allows them to provide their accounting services to members of the general public. 

 

How To Get CPA Accreditation

To earn this accreditation, they typically need 150 college credits and nearly 2000 hours of account experience working with a licensed CPA. 

 

You must pass an exam and meet whatever requirements are set by your state accrediting body, such as obtaining a certain amount of work experience or taking additional coursework. 

 

AIA Accreditation

AIA, or the American Institute of Architects, is a professional association that offers accreditation. 

 

This accreditation program helps architects obtain valuable skills they need to meet the requirements of their licensing jurisdiction. 

 

What Is AIA Accreditation?

American Institute of Architects accreditation is meant to help advance American's quality of life and allow architectural professionals to uphold health and safety in their designs. 

 

Who Is AIA Accreditation For?

AIA accreditation is for architects looking to establish credibility as trusted industry members. 

 

You can also earn this accreditation if you're enrolled in an intern development program or currently work under the supervision of a licensed architect.

 

AIA accreditation helps them build meaningful relationships with clients and allows them to stand out from registered architects, or R.As. 

 

How To Get AIA Accreditation

Architects seeking this accreditation need a combination of education, experience, and good exam scores to add the professional title after their name. 

 

Read through the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs to understand provider responsibilities and requirements and complete the online application

 

Once they have processed and approved your subscription application and payment, you will receive access to the CE dashboard to submit your courses for review. 

 

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.


 

Quick Reference Chart On How To Get Accredited 

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Lawyers (CLE)

Each individual state bar

Find your state bar using this directory

BeaconLive can manage all aspects of CLE accreditation applications, learner tracking, certificate issuance and jurisdiction reporting. Our in-house CLE specialists will ensure your courses are applied for accreditation in each state or jurisdiction selected by your learners, track the status, and submit attendance reports where applicable.

Our solution includes access to our CE Application Workflow Processor: one unified dashboard to automate the application, approval, tracking and lifecycle process for CLE accreditation applications and audits. 

Doctors (CME)

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

Become ACCME Accredited

BeaconLive, through our partner The Tennessee Medical Association, an ACCME accredited provider of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, can offer accreditation and oversight for your programs. You can also 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.

Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

Become ACCME Accredited

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education)

Same as above

Physicians Assistants

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

Become ACCME Accredited

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states that the AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ are acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for recertification.

Same as above

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

Architects

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Become an AIA Continuing Education Provider

Read through the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs to understand provider responsibilities and requirements and then complete the online application. Once they have processed and approved your subscription application and payment, you will receive access to the CE dashboard to submit your courses for review. 

 

 

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/ 

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 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. The application can be found here.

 


 

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

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