Continuing Education - FAQs

List of topics addressed here:
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Please email the CE Administrator with any other questions you may have.

Dealing with organizations...

Sort out the "alphabet soup" -- ABESPA, AAA, ASHA
How to get AAA CEUs
About CEU Fees

All about minutes...

CE time for preparation and presentation (New Topic)
CE time for attending a partial lecture
Calculating CE time for several sessions
"Doing the math" on CE time
* What to do if a session ends early * (HOT TOPIC)


One Learner Assessment per event?

Sponsoring an event ...

We want to sponsor a CE event for SLPs and/or AUDs. What do we need to know?

Q: Please sort out the "alphabet soup" of "ABESPA," "AAA," and "ASHA."
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A: ABESPA is the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology. They grant licenses for SLPs and AUDs in Alabama. See www.ABESPA.org.

AAA is the American Academy of Audiology. They grant certification for AUDs and AUD programs nationwide. See www.Audiology.org.

ASHA is the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. They grant certification for AUDs and SLPs and AUD/SLP academic programs nationwide. See www.ASHA.org.

Q: I want to count [the event] as CE credits for both ASHA and ABESPA.  So, what do I need to do as far as paying ASHA?  Can you tell me what this fee is, or why I have to pay them to earn the CE credits? (Also,) Do I need to pay any CE fees to SHAA?
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A: Any and all sessions listed on SHAA's CE page will count for ASHA certification maintenance, and no fee is required. You will receive an attendance certificate, and at the time appointed by ASHA, you can submit the info in a list of your CE activities.

A fee is charged only when you want ASHA to keep track of your hours for you (through the CE Registry). In such a case, you fill out a couple of extra papers which will be provided in the CE packet, and the CE units are then considered "ASHA CEUs", which can then count toward ASHA's ACE award learn. For this privilege and for the convenience of ASHA tracking your CE hours for you, ASHA charges a fee. (As of 2008, it's $24/year, and can be paid over the phone to the ASHA Action Center , 1-800-498-2071.) Remember that this fee is optional, and that you can choose to track your own hours.

There is no separate fee to SHAA for accumulating CE hours (other than the obvious cost for attending events such as the SHAA Convention.)

Q: How can I receive AAA (American Academy of Audiology) CE credit?
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A: The SHAA Convention now offers AAA CEUs, but most other events listed on the SHAA website do not. The SHAA Convention CE packet provides the forms needed to request credit. A form for registering with the AAA CE Registry can be downloaded from http://www.audiology.org/professional/ce/, and they charge an annual fee.

Q: I am one of the presenters. Does my time count toward CEs?
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A: Maybe. IF this is the FIRST time you have ever presented this material, you may count the time of the presentation, the same as any other participant.

ASHA, as of 2005, has a new "Learn and Earn" program for presenters by which you can get credit for prep time equal to your presentation time (up to a 10-hour limit: 5 for prep; 5 for presentation). You need to register with ASHA in advance, and it must be your first presentation of the material. For more information, see www.asha.org/about/continuing-ed, and click on "Learning Your Way." Or, contact Renee Levinson, Associate Director, ASHA Continuing Education, 800-498-2071, ext. 4320.

Q: Can I receive ASHA CEU credit for attending only part of a lecture?
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A: YES. If you attend only 60 minutes of a 75-minute presentation, you can count all 60 minutes, or 0.1 ASHA CEUs. Of course, for the best learning to take place, try to stay for the whole thing -- the practical application of material often occurs toward the end of a session.

Count only the time you actually spend learning in a session, whether you arrive late or leave early. Subtract time for answering cell phone calls, unplanned trips to the restroom (i.e., not at a scheduled break), etc.

Q: How are ASHA CEUs calculated when I attend several segments for various lengths of time?
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A: The sum of minutes attended from all presentations/lectures at a given conference or CE event is used to determine your CEU credit. So, if you attend two 30-minute sessions for a total of 60 minutes, you can still receive the 0.1 ASHA CEU.

Beware! ASHA CEUs are ROUNDED DOWN to the nearest 60 minutes. So, if you attend for only 55 minutes, you receive NO ASHA CEUs. If you attend for 115 minutes, you receive 0.1 ASHA CEU.

Q: Why are the number of ASHA CEUs different from the number of ABESPA CEUs? How do I do the math to calculate my hours?
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A: AAA and ASHA and ABESPA are independent organizations with distinct missions and purposes.

AAA requires 4.5 CEUs (45 hours) over a three-year period, including 0.3 CEUs (3 hours) in professional ethics. Beginning 01/01/08, AAA will require 6.0 CEUs (60 hours) over a three-year period, including the 3 hours in ethics. AAA only accepts events which meet ABA requirements.

ASHA requires 3.0 CEUs (30 hours) over a three-year period in order to maintain certification.

ABESPA requires 12 hours per year.

As for the math, AAA and ASHA and ABESPA all calculate time on a 60-minute hour. However, AAA and ASHA move the decimal point, while ABESPA does not move the decimal point.

So, 60 minutes = 0.1 AAA CEU = 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1.0 ABESPA CEH.
And, 90 minutes = 0.1 AAA CEU = 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1.5 ABESPA CEH.

Because of these differences, CE time at an event is documented by SHAA in minutes which can then be converted to the desired unit.

Remember that these organizations are more concerned with your LEARNING than your math, so focus on your professional development, and let the numbers take care of themselves.
(And when you need help with the calculations, contact the CE Administrator!)


Q: What do I do if a session ends early? "We should be allowed to put the full minutes promised -- we need hours, and [the situation] is out of our control."
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A: (Insert lecture on professional ethics here...) You can only count instructional time for which you were learning. If the presenter quits early for whatever reason -- illness, lack of preparation, failure to fill the time with adequate material and activities -- you can still only put the actual time you were in the session. If you write down 15 more minutes than you actually attend, you are violating basic professional ethics, the same as if you bill for a 45-minute session when you only treat the client for 30.

By the same token, if a participant arrives late, takes an unscheduled break (for restroom, cell phone, to run out to the car... whatever), leaves early, etc., that time must be deducted, and only the actual learning time can be reported.

Note that in a convention setting, if your session ends, for example, 20 minutes early, you can go into another session for the remaining 20 minutes. It is the certificant's/licensee's responsibility to attend an adequate amount of professional development activities.

When discussing ASHA CEUs, the time mentioned on promotional materials is a maximum number of minutes. Even if the speaker goes long, the number of minutes cannot exceed the number of CEUs mentioned in the promotional paragraph (with the ASHA CE logo).

Q: Is there only one learner assessment for the entire activity?
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A: Yes, usually. The SHAA Convention, like the ASHA Convention, uses a single assessment for the entire two and half days. The learner assessment must be completed when requesting AAA or ASHA CEUs.

Q: We want to sponsor a continuing ed event. What options do we have for making sure SLPs and AUDs can count it toward license renewal and for maintaining certification? (Back to the list of questions)

A: Speech therapists care about one (or both) of the following two entities: ABESPA (their state licensing board) and ASHA (for national certification). Both entities require continuing ed, but with different rules and expectations. As far as CE approval, you have three options:     

1) You can request pre-approval for your event from ABESPA, by submitting the form from their web site:  http://www.abespa.org/ce.htm. Submit the form to ABESPA, not to SHAA. Their pre-approval process is a free service, but must be done in time for the board to meet to review it. (See their web site for meeting times.) If ABESPA approves it, you know that it will automatically count for both licensure and certification.    

2) You can also seek to classify the event as "ASHA CEUs", and this is the service SHAA can provide. There are benefits in terms of SLPs knowing that ASHA has approved the event, and they can have the CE time count toward a CE award from ASHA, and they can choose to have ASHA track their hours. If you choose this option, SHAA needs a biosketch of the presenter, specific, measurable learning objectives, a time-ordered agenda, a copy of any publicity materials, etc. Fees, all requirements, and an application form can be found at http://www.alabamashaa.org/ce.htm , and the process is explained there.

3) Both of the actions above are optional. You can simply conduct the event and pass out attendance certificates, and each participant can track his/her own CE hours, submitting the information about the conference to ABESPA and ASHA themselves.

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