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Professional Enrichment Educational Renewal (PEER)

General Guidelines for Documenting CEUs 

Programs Pre-Approved by PEER 

If a program is pre-approved by PEER, the sponsor of the program is permitted to advertise that the program is “PEER approved.” Pre-approved PEER programs are assigned a unique identification number that should be printed on the program brochure.  If you attend a pre-approved PEER program you should receive, during the program, a CEU recording form and a sticker with the program's unique program identification number.  Complete this form, attach the sticker, and return the form to the program sponsor before you leave the program.  The program sponsor will submit your CEU Recording Form to the PEER office and the CEUs earned will be documented in your account.

The PEER program identification number should appear on the program brochure or informational literature. Without this number, the program has not been pre-approved by PEER.

Many programs offered by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) designed for laboratorians are pre-approved by PEER, including a number of "post-graduate" courses and other seminars at ASRM's annual conference.  But not all ASRM courses are pre-approved by PEER.

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Programs Acceptable for PEER CEU Credit that are Approved by Selected State Agencies and Other Laboratory Associations: 

Programs approved by the following state agencies and professional laboratory associations are acceptable for CEU credit:

California Laboratory Field Services
Florida CE Broker
Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) [ACCENT]
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) 

Programs approved by these organizations must be entered electronically.  Go to the AAB/ABB web site and click on the web page, “CEUs Submit and View,” to log in to your CEU account and to find instructions for entering your CEU credits.  You must submit a signed Certificate of Attendance that includes the title, date, and location of the program and the number of approved hours. However, you do not have to submit a course description or speaker qualifications.

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Programs Approved by State Agencies/Laboratory Associations NOT Listed Above:

Continuing Education programs from a number of other organizations are also acceptable as long as they are laboratory related. Organizations in this category include: 

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Scientists (ASCLS) [PACE]
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM*)
College of American Pathologists (CAP)
American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP)
American Medical Association (AMA)
Other various international associations with programming related to the laboratory
Hospital programming related to the laboratory     

*Many ASRM programs designed for laboratorians are pre-approved by PEER, including a number of  “post-graduate” courses and other seminars at ASRM's annual conference.  But not all ASRM courses are pre-approved by PEER.

Programs approved by these organizations must be entered electronically.  Go to the AAB/ABB web site and click on the web page, “CEUs Submit and View,” to log in to your CEU account and to find instructions for entering your CEU credits.  For these programs you must submit: 

      • A Certificate of Attendance or letter signed by the sponsor that contains:

- Your name
- The title of the program 
- The date of the program 
- The location of the program 
- The number of contact hours 
- Name and credentials of the instructors/speakers 

      • Program Brochure or Course Description containing:

- Title and course description
- Length of program (in hours)
- Date of program
- Location of program
- The name and credentials of the instructor(s)/speaker(s)

If you attend a multi-session program, you must document the sessions you attended. You may document your attendance by indicating on the program, or program schedule, those sessions you attended.

CEU credit will NOT be awarded unless ALL the required supporting documentation is complete.

It is required that these programs be laboratory related. 

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How to Document CE Programs NOT Pre-Approved by PEER and NOT Approved by State Agencies/Laboratory Associations 

Programs not pre-approved by PEER and not approved by the State Agencies/Laboratory Associations listed above must be entered electronically by the applicant.  Go to the AAB/ABB web site and click on the web page, “CEUs Submit and View,” to log in to your CEU account and to find instructions for entering your CEU credits.   

For these programs you must submit: 

  • A Certificate of Attendance or letter signed by the sponsor that contains:

- Your name
- The title of the program 
- The date of the program 
- The location of the program 
- The number of contact hours 
- Name and credentials of the instructors/speakers 

  • Program Brochure or Course Description containing:

- Title and course description
- Length of program (in hours)
- Date of program
- Location of program
- The name and credentials of the instructor(s)/speaker(s)

If you attend a multi-session program, you must document the sessions you attended. You may document your attendance by indicating on the program, or program schedule, those sessions you attended.

CEU credit will NOT be awarded unless ALL the required supporting documentation is complete 

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10 Contact Hours Equal 1 CEU

Therefore, a one-hour program equals 0.1 CEU.

 One-Hour Session Minimum 

At least one (1) contact hour is required for CEU credit. Programs of less than one hour will not receive CEU credit.  CEU credit will be awarded in 30 minute intervals for programs greater than one hour (i.e., a program that is 1 hour 45 minutes in length will be rounded down to 1 hour 30 minutes and awarded 0.15 CEUs).  Conferences and programs lasting multiple days may be totaled for all days. 

Thirty-Day Reporting Period for Programs NOT Pre-Approved by PEER

Every attempt should be made to submit CEU documentation to PEER within 30 days of the date of the program attended.  If you are unable to do so, inform the PEER office (in writing) of the reason for the delay in order to receive your CEU credit.

Official Verification of Attendance

Certificates of Attendance must be signed by the sponsor or program official.   Transcripts of formal (college or university) education must be forwarded directly from the Registrar's office of the college or university. 

Conversion of College Credits to CEUs

College credits acceptable to PEER may be substituted for CEUs.  Two (2) semester hours or three (3) quarter hours are equivalent to 2.0 CEUs.  We must receive an official transcript directly from the educational institution.

CEU Credit for Presenting Scientific Seminars and Workshops

CEU credit will be awarded based on the number of contact hours during the presentation.  CEU credit will only be awarded the first time a particular topic is presented.

Poster Sessions

You are allowed one contact hour (0.1 CEU) for viewing posters at scientific seminars and workshops.

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