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Comments sought on proposed change in calculating CE time, credits

May 26, 2017

By Kimber Solana

The Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition is seeking comments through July 21 on a proposal to reduce the minimum length of CE courses and the increments in which how CE credits are awarded under the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program.
    
Currently, the ADA CERP Standard XIV.3, which outlines the minimum length of continuing education activities, states that all CE activities must be a minimum of one hour.
    
The Commission is proposing to reduce the minimum length of CE activities to 15 minutes, with credits to be awarded in increments of 0.25 credit hours.
    
The proposal is based on the growth of newer educational formats and methods for delivering continuing education, according to the commission. These formats include videos, podcasts and other online instructional materials used either as standalone activities or as part of a CE course.
    
All activities CERP providers designate for credit still need to meet the criteria outlined in the ADA CERP Standards, according to the commission. However, by reducing the minimum length requirement, CERP recognized providers would have a mechanism for awarding credits for formal CE activities delivered in shorter segments. Providers would also be able to issue credits that correspond more accurately to actual instruction time, such as activities than run 75 minutes.
    
In proposing the change, the commission said it acknowledges that CE regulations in some states may stipulate that credits must be reported in increments of half or whole hours. It is the responsibility of the individual dentist to report CE activities that satisfy local requirements.
    
Visit ADA.org/CCEPR to submit written comments through an online survey.
    
The commission will review feedback from the communities of interest at its October 2017 meeting.
    
For more information on the proposal, email Mary Borysewicz, CCEPR director, at borysewiczm@ada.org.