Maintaining Your CEU's
*If you are a recent speech language-pathology graduate, listen up because you need to know this!!! If you are a practicing therapist and feel a bit clueless about exactly how to keep and maintain your CEUs effectively, today's post will be vital for you as well! Remember, you can be audited by your state at any time and if you are out of compliance you are at risk of being fined thousands of dollars and even losing your license to practice.
About 3 years ago I wrote a post about the importance of keeping up to date with your CEUs. At that time I was returning from my first maternity leave and was struggling to keep current with my credits. I knew what I needed, but wasn't sure how to do it in the most time and cost effective way. Three years later there are even more resources available for therapists. Today's entry is an update to my 2011 post on the numerous ways YOU can earn the CEU's you need to maintain your ASHA, state and local certifications.
First, it is important to know EXACTLY what you need for where you live and work. In the state of Pennsylvania, speech therapists need to earn 20 ASHA CEUs every two years. My CEU cycle changes in July, so by July 30th of 2014 I need to have earned 20 CEUs since July 30th 2012. If you do not know what you need for your state, find out!! I was audited several years ago by the state of Pennsylvania. Although no one told me this when I moved back to my home state after being in Maryland for 9 years for college, graduate school and work, when I was audited none of that matter and I was expected to show the state documentation proving I had maintained my CEUs. Which leads me to my next point....
Keeping a record of your trainings is MANDATORY. ASHA has made this much easier for therapists in recent years by creating the online CE Registry. If you are an ASHA member I would recommend joining the registry. The fee is $25 dollars a year to have an account on the registry and honestly, it is a priceless peace of mind. When you attend ASHA accredited trainings in person or view them online, you will be given the option to have your credits submitted to your registry account. It is a stress-free way to know you have what you need. In addition to the registry....
Keep your own hard copy documentation of your CEU's as well. At my current job, they want yearly documentation to prove that I have been attending trainings and maintaining my CEUs. IF the training provides a certificate at the end, I keep it and make a copy for my employer. I have a folder where I keep all my training certificates. In addition, you can also login into your ASHA CE registry and print out an unofficial copy of your credits, or submit a request for an official copy. You now have a hard copy documented list of all the trainings you have attended, including the date(s) they occurred and number of credits earned.
Join me next week for numerous links and resources where therapists can earn CEUs!