How To Earn CE Credits

See “General Guidelines for Documenting Continuing Education Credits” for details on how to document CE credits

Ways to Earn CE Credit:

Ways to Earn FREE CE credit:
  • Write questions for ABB or the AAB Board of Registry examinations. Limitations do apply.
  • Give a presentation at scientific seminars or workshops. Limitations do apply. 
  • Teach a laboratory related course. A maximum of 12 contact hours per two-year recording period.
  • Participate in an Item Writers' Workshop.  Item writer experts that participate in an Item Writers' Workshop receive one contact hour for each hour of participation. 
  • Write an article for a publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Four contact hours may be awarded for the publication of a full article in a peer-reviewed journal. Limitations do apply.

CME Programs (such as ASRM) and CE Credits

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits MAY or MAY NOT be acceptable for PEER credit. If the CME course is for physicians only and the program sponsor will not award credit to non-physicians or laboratorians, PEER may not award credit for the course.

The PEER CE program is completely separate from the CME program.  In addition, the CME reporting form included with most CME programs is not acceptable for PEER CE recording.  You must use a PEER CE recording form. The type of form depends on the program. Some programs that have CME approval also have applied for and been awarded PEER approval. In these cases, such as designated ASRM programs, you must obtain the PEER CE recording form at the meeting AND return the form for validation prior to leaving the meeting. For programs that provide CME credit but are not pre-approved by PEER you may apply for CE credit using the non-PEER approved process discussed below and in the General Guidelines for Documenting CE credit 


Earn Contact Hours for Writing ABB and ABOR Examination Questions 

You may receive up to four (4) contract hours  in each two-year CE recording period for writing examination items (questions) for the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) or the AAB Board of Registry (ABOR) examinations. One contact hour is awarded for every six (6) examination questions. The questions must be in the correct format, be original questions and be accepted by the Item Writers' Committee to receive CE credit. For format specifications and additional information, visit Guidelines for Writing Examination Questions. 

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 directly relate to the clinical, public health, or assisted reproduction laboratory.


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

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 within a CE recording period.


CE Credit for Publications in a Peer-reviewed Scientific Journal

You may receive credit for up to three (3) articles for a maximum of twelve (12) contact hours in each CE recording period. The publication must be in a recognized, peer-reviewed journal that is referenced in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Databases, and the topic and content of the publication must be related to the clinical laboratory. You must be a listed author, not just an acknowledged contributor. A copy of the publication must be provided to PEER, and the final decision on acceptability for CE Credit resides solely with PEER.

CE Credit for Programs That Are Not Pre-Approved by PEER

Programs that are not pre-approved by PEER may be submitted for consideration as non-PEER approved programming.  While PEER considers ALL continuing education credit worthwhile, PEER will ONLY award CE credit for programming that is related to the laboratory field (see guideline examples below).  

Documentation for these programs is the responsibility of the attendee.  COMPLETE and accurate documentation is required in order for submitted programs to be reviewed for CE credit. See General Guidelines for Documenting CE credit for details regarding proper documentation.  

Examples of Non-PEER Approved Programs that are Acceptable for CE Credit:

    • Hospital Grand Rounds that relate heart disease and laboratory tests linked to early detection of heart disease.
    • Presentations regarding IVF stimulation protocols and how they affect oocyte quality.
    • Presentations regarding IVF stimulation protocols and how to test for hormonal profiles in patients (specifically the hormone test).
    • Presentations regarding endometriosis and clinical tests for detection.
    • Presentations regarding testing for anthrax in the Public Health Laboratory.
    • Presentations regarding FDA requirements for clinical laboratory testing.
    • Presentations regarding testing to determine Vitamin D levels in patients.
    • Presentations regarding required laboratory testing and documentation for IVF oocyte donors. 

Examples of Non-PEER Approved Programs that are NOT Acceptable for CE Credit: 

    • Hospital Grand Rounds that relate heart disease and the risk factors associated with the disease. 
    • Presentations regarding IVF stimulation protocols and how to manage the poor responder.
    • Presentations regarding endometriosis surgical techniques for treatment.
    • Presentations regarding anthrax prevalence in the general population in developing countries.
    • Presentations regarding FDA requirements for product testing for FDA approval.
    • Presentations regarding the importance of Vitamin D for a healthy and happy life.
    • Presentations regarding IVF oocyte donors and how to recruit donors to your program.


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