Continuing Education:
FAQs

General Continuing Education Questions

What are CEUs?
CEUs are Continuing Education Units which area representative of active learning time accounted for through a standard measurement (e.g. time). Standards for Continuing education were developed to hold professionals accountable regarding on-going training in their given profession.

Is there a difference between Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Professional Development Hours and Credit Hours?
Despite the labels given by different regulatory agencies, accrediting bodies or institutions it all reflects active learning time spent in approved continuing education activities.

How do I read and interpret the number of CEUs.
Various groups may write the numeric representation of hours earned differently.
A 2 hour presentation may be written with different numeric expressions (e.g.  ASHA .2 CEUs, ASHA CMHs 0.2,  AAA .2, NJ  Department of Education 2.0 Professional Development hours, International Hearing Society 2 hours) however the value is consistent and represent active learning time (e.g. 2.0).

Can I apply continuing education hour across the different regulatory bodies (e.g. NJ State Department  of Education, NJ State Licensure, NJ Department of Education, ASHA Certification Maintained ) within a given renewal period.
Yes credits are mutually inclusive within a given renewal period among different regulatory bodies as long as the content is considered appropriate (e.g.  Credit hours earned during a 5 hour conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech may be applicable for NJ State Department of Education, ASHA Certification Maintenance and NJ State Licensure). Credits earned may only be applied to ASHA’s Award for Continuing Education (ACE) if sponsored by an ASHA approved Continuing Education Provider.

How can I apply the continuing education hours I earn at NJSHA programs?
NJSHA is an ASHA approved CE provider. All programs offered through NJSHA meet the requirements for NJ state licensure, ASHA Certification Maintenance, ASHA’s Award for Continuing Education (ACE) and NJ State Department of Education Profession Development requirements.

ASHA CEUs Questions - Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologists

How can I apply ASHA approved CEUs and what is the benefit?
ASHA approved CEUs are approved to be applied toward NJ State License requirements and generally meet the requirements of employers in both healthcare and educational work settings. Completion of ASHA approved courses will qualify the individual for an Award of Continuing Education (ACE).

What is an ASHA ACE award?
The ACE is a formal recognition of speech and hearing professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning by earning 7.0 ASHA CEUs (70 contact hours) within a 36-month period. The ACE is awarded only to those who earn ASHA CEUs through participating in the ASHA CE Registry.

Can Clinical Fellows earn CEUs?
Yes. CEUs may be applied to an Award for Continuing Education (ACE) during the Clinical Fellowship period.

Can students earn ASHA CEUs?
Yes. Students currently enrolled in a graduate or doctoral degree program in SLP or audiology can earn ASHA CEUs. Students must fill out the ASHA CEU Participant form at the course and the ASHA CE Registry will e-mail the registrant a link to a form where eligibility documentation (university name, degree name and expected graduation date) can be provided.

How does earning an ACE award benefit me?
Benefits of the ACE award include recognition of your continuing education achievements which can be shared with your employer, state association and peers. Recipients of the ACE award also may also be eligible for specific benefits (e.g. the opportunity to obtain malpractice insurance at a slightly decreased rate.) See the ASHA website at http://www.asha.org/ce/CEUs/ace/  for specific information.

Must I be an ASHA member to earn ASHA CEUs toward an ACE Award?
No. Non-ASHA members may earn CEUs toward the award. Enrollment in the ASHA Continuing Education Registry is required. For additional information see the ASHA website at http://www.asha.org/ce/CEUs/ace/

Who is eligible to be a member of the ASHA Continuing Education Registry?
The ASHA CE Registry is open to ASHA/NSSLHA members, those who are ASHA certified, and other eligible individuals (e.g. Retired SLPS and audiologists). For specific information see http://www.asha.org/CE/CEUs/Eligibility-to-earn-ASHA-CEUs.htm

What is the benefit of enrolling in the ASHA Continuing Education Registry?
Secure record storage. The registry provides members secure storage of their cumulative record of courses and ASHA CEUs. ASHA CE transcripts may be viewed on-line at any time and official transcripts are issued upon request. The NJ State licensure board accepts ASHA CEUs towards license renewal. The ASHA CE Registry provides assistance with certification maintenance.  Once a member of the registry earns 3.0 ASHA CEUs within the current interval, the registry automatically notifies the ASHA Certification Department of the individual’s compliance. The registry member does not need to complete the compliance form.

ASHA Certification Maintenance Questions - Speech Pathologists and Audiologists

How many credits are required for Certification Maintenance of the Certification of Clinical Competency (CCC)?
30 hours over a 3 year period. Specific information can be obtained at http://www.asha.org/Certification/Certification-Maintenance-Frequently-Asked-Questions--Maintenance-Intervals/#surplusQ

Are all continuing education activities automatically accepted for Certification Maintenance?
No.

Which continuing Education programs will be accepted for Certification Maintenance?
All programs presented by ASHA providers (e.g. NJSHA) as well as other programs considered eligible.

How do I know if the course or CE activity offered in my workplace is approved for Certification Maintenance Hours (CMHs)?
Specific types of activities are deemed appropriate as per ASHA. Refer to information on Types of Activities http://www.asha.org/certification/FactDef.htm for more information.

Can I apply the CEUs earned toward the Certification Maintenance requirement if I am a Clinical Fellow?
No. Intervals begin January 1 of the year following the award of initial certification.

What specific information should my certificate of completion include for a given CE activity?

  • Title
  • Completion date
  • Number of active learning hours CMHs
  • Name of attendee
  • Sponsoring organizations
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number

Click here to view an ASHA approved certificate of completion.

How do I determine my Certification Maintenance Period?
Three year certification intervals begin on January 1st and terminate on December 31st of the terminal year. You can find your 3-year certification maintenance interval by accessing your account information online through My Account, which is found at the top of every ASHA web page. Log in and click on the "Certification Maintenance" link, or contact the Action Center at 800-498-2071. Your maintenance interval is also printed on the carrier sleeve for your ASHA ID card. For specific information refer to http://www.asha.org/Certification/CertMaintIntervals/

What if I am unable to obtain the needed hours to achieve Certification Maintenance?
Refer to the ASHA website to obtain information regarding Exemptions to the Professional Development Requirement and follow stated procedures http://www.asha.org/certification/FactExemptions.htm

How does ASHA monitor and enforce Certification Maintenance Standards?
ASHA conducts random audits of certificate holders, who are then required to provide documentation of the 30 Certification Maintenance Hours (CMHs) earned.

What happens if I do not submit the required forms for Certification Maintenance?
If the Compliance Form is not submitted by August 1 of the year following the end of the maintenance interval, you will not receive an invoice for your dues/fees for the next year. If compliance is not achieved by December 31—one year after the end of the maintenance interval—the individual will lose their certification.

NJ State Licensure Questions - Speech Pathologist
and Audiologist

How many hours must I earn to must I earn in the 2 year license renewal period?
20 hours or 2.0 CEUs

How long do I have to maintain the continuing education records in my file?
You must retain the records for five years following the renewal period.

Is there a limit to the number of on-line courses I can take?
Yes. No more than 10 hours of on-line continuing education may be applied during the2 year renewal period.

What is the date for the renewal period?
The renewal period occurs during odd number calendar years. The current renewal period is November 1, 2013 through October 31, 2015. 

Can Continuing Education Hours be carried over from one renewal period to
the next?
Yes. If you complete more than the necessary 20 hours you can carry over a maximum of five hours. Those 5 hours must have been earned during the six months prior to renewal.

When do I need to start obtaining Continuing Education Units?
Licensees will be required to document:

  • 20 hours of Continuing Professional Education if licensed within the first year of the licensing period;
  • 10 hours if licensed after the first day of November of the second year of the licensing period,  
  • Zero hours if licensed within 6 months prior to the ends of the licensing period

What type of credits can be applied to my license renewal?
Continuing Education Hours which are appropriate for the on-going professional development of an Audiologist or Speech Language Pathologist offered by:

  • Accrediting bodies (e.g. ASHA approved CE Providers, AAA, IHIS)
  • University based credits accredited by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
  • Activities accredited or sponsored by a local, state or national audiology and speech-language pathology professional organization (e.g. NJSHA, ASHA, National Registry on Continuing Education)
  • Local, state or federal education agencies (e.g. local school districts, state education associations)
  • State or national medical, psychological, dental or similar professional organization.

How does the NJ State Licensing Board monitor and enforce Continuing Education Standards?
The state licensing board conducts random audits of licensees, who then are required to provide documentation of earning of their 20 Continuing Education Hours.

What happens if a licensee is audited for continuing education hours?
The licensee will be requested to submit documentation of the 20 hours of Continuing Professional Education. See http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/aud Verification of attendance at approved continuing education programs is required and can be satisfied thought submission of a continuing education certificate or a signed statement by the instructor. The certificate of attendance must include:

  • Title
  • Completion date
  • Number of active learning hours /CEUs
  • Name of attendee
  • Course description
  • Sponsoring organizations
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number

See  N.J.A.C.13:44C6.6 for further details regarding the information which must be included on the certificate of attendance.

Following an audit what will happen if my some of my credits are not accepted?
A remediation plan will be developed for the licensee to meet the educational requirement for license renewal. If the remediation plan is not met according to the stated guidelines appropriate action will be taken by the licensing board.

NJ State Hearing Aid Dispenser License Questions

What is required for NJ State Hearing Aid Dispenser license renewal?
20 documented course hours of continuing education during the biennial license renewal period.

What is the date for the renewal period?
The renewal period occurs during odd number calendar years. The current renewal period is November 1, 2013 through October 31, 2015. 

How long do I have to maintain the continuing education records in my file?
You must retain the records for five years following the renewal period.

What type of continuing education activities are considered acceptable?
Acceptable continuing education courses shall be in any area which maintain or increase clinical skills or knowledge of a hearing aid dispenser. Continuing education course which do not meet the requirements for hearing aid dispensers will be disallowed and credits will not be applied to the renewal of the license

What type of credits can be applied to my license renewal?
The number of creditable course hours and course content must be accepted and approved by the National Institute for Hearing Instruments Studies (NIHIS), the educational division of the International Hearing Society (IHS).  A licensee who completes a three or more credit course in hearing aid dispensing at an accredited college or university is eligible for up to 10 continuing education course hours.

What type of continuing education activities are considered acceptable?
Acceptable continuing education courses shall be in any area which maintain or increase clinical skills or knowledge of a hearing aid dispenser. Continuing education course which do not meet the requirements for hearing aid dispensers will be disallowed and credits will not be applied to the renewal of the license

Can CEUs be carried over from one renewal period to the next?
No. If you complete more than the necessary 20 hours you cannot carry over excess hours toward the license renewal for subsequent years.

How does the NJ State Licensing Board monitor and enforce Continuing Education Standards?
The state licensing board conducts random audits of licensee, who then are required to provide documentation of the earning of their 20 Continuing Education Hours.
What happens if a licensee is audited for continuing education hours?

The licensee will be requested to submit documentation of the 20 hours of Continuing Professional Education. See http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/aud. Verification of attendance at approved continuing education programs is required and can be satisfied thought submission of continuing education certificate or a signed statement by the instructor. The certificate of attendance must include:

  • Title
  • Completion date
  • Number of active learning hours /CEUs
  • Name of attendee
  • Course description
  • Sponsoring organizations
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number

Following an audit what will happen if my some of my credits are not accepted?
A remediation plan will be developed for the licensee to meet the educational requirement for license renewal. If the remediation plan is not met according to the stated guidelines appropriate action will be taken by the licensing board.


NJ State Department of Education Speech Language Specialist Certificate

How many hours must I obtain during the CE period?
100 Professional Development Hours over a 5 year period

Will credits apply for all Continuing Education Programs I attended?
Not necessarily. Continuing Education activities completed are to be in alignment with the individual Professional Improvement Plan (PIP) established with the appropriate supervisor at the Local Education Agency /public school or private school. It is the responsibility of the individual SLS to obtain approval for participation in professional development activities and records of Continuing education hours in accordance with the guidelines established by the employer.

What information should be included on my Professional Development Certificate to verify attendance and content presented?
The following information should be included:

  • Title
  • Course Description
  • Completion date
  • Number of Professional Development Contact Hours
  • Sponsoring organizations
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Signature of an Authorized Agent of the Sponsoring Organization

Do certificate holders who are not actively employed in a school setting need to comply with the continuing education standard (100 hours over 5 years)?
No. The continuing education requirement is to be maintained while the certificate holder is actively employed within a local education agency or private school.

How does the NJ State Department of Education monitor and enforce Continuing Education Standards?
The State Department of Education has instructed the Local Education Agency /Private School Administrators to monitor compliance and maintain the required documentation. The NJ State Department of Education no longer issues, utilizes or recognizes provider numbers.

What action will the NJ State Department of Education take if the certificate holder does not meet the continuing education standard within the required period?
The NJ State Department of Education has given the Local Education Agency /Private School the authority to implement a remediation plan for the certificate holder to meet the requirement.  The NJ State Department of Education has also granted the authority for local Education Agencies to institute appropriate action if compliance is not obtained in accordance with the remediation plan. If the requirement is not met by the end of the remediation period, the Local Education Agency will notify the State Department of Education Licensure and Credentials division of the certificate holder’s lack of compliance. Appropriate action will be taken in accordance with stated NJ Department of Education regulations.

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