Guidelines for Documenting Continuing Education (CE) Credits

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 CE 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 CE Recording Form to the PEER office and the contact hours 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.



Programs Acceptable for PEER 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 CE 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 website and click on the web page, “ Continuing Education (CE) Credits - Submit and View,” to log in to your CE account and to find instructions for entering your CE credit(s). You must submit a signed Certificate of Attendance that includes the title, date, and location of the program and the number of approved contact hours. However, you do not have to submit a course description or speaker qualifications.



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)
  • Hospital programming related to the laboratory
  • Other various associations with programming related to the laboratory

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



How to Document Continuing Education (CE) Programs NOT Pre-Approved by PEER 

Programs not pre-approved by PEER must be entered electronically by the applicant.  Go to the AAB/ABB website and click on the web page, “Continuing Education (CE) Credits - Submit and View,” to log in to your CE account and to find instructions for entering your CE 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.

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



One-Hour Session Minimum 

At least one (1) contact hour is required for CE credit. Programs of less than one hour will not receive credit. 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 1.5 contact hours).  Conferences and programs lasting multiple days may be totaled for all days.



CE Recording Deadlines for Programs NOT Pre-Approved by PEER

Every attempt should be made to submit CE 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 CE credit.

  1. PEER will only review up to 24 hours from non-PEER approved programs per two-year recording period. In other words, once you have met PEER's two-year requirement of 24 contact hours, CE programs not approved by PEER will not be reviewed during the remainder of your two-year CE recording period.
  2. Any program that occurs prior to November 1 (at the end of a two-year recording period) that is not approved by PEER must be submitted by December 1, or the Diplomate/Certificant will be required to pay a fee of $20 for each program not submitted by the deadline.
  3. Individuals attending programs that occur during the months of November/December (at the end of a two-year recording period) are allowed a grace period (until January 31) of the following year to submit documentation of attendance.


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 to: PEER, 906 Olive Street - Suite 1200, St. Louis, MO 63101-1448.



Conversion and Acceptance of College Credits to Contact Hours

College credits acceptable to PEER may be substituted for contact hours. Two (2) semester hours or three (3) quarter hours are equivalent to 20 contact hours. An official transcript from the educational institution granting the college credit must be submitted to the PEER office. The credits must be from an accredited college or university and must be in a chemical, physical, biological, or clinical laboratory science. Electronic/faxed transcripts are NOT acceptable.

 

Business or Health Management courses will be allowed for up to six (6) contact hours per two-year recording period.



Journal Clubs

Participation in journal clubs is not acceptable for continuing education credits.



CE Credit for Presenting Scientific Seminars and Workshops

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



Poster Sessions

You are allowed one contact hour for viewing posters at scientific seminars and workshops.


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