New Terms for Continuing Education Credit|
Beginning Jan. 4, the following language is used to describe the continuing education credits required for ACHE Fellow advancement and recertification.
· “Healthcare Management Continuing Education credit”—the credit in total that is required for Fellow advancement and recertification
· “ACHE Face-to-Face Education credit”—credit that is earned through ACHE-approved chapter panel discussions and programs offered by the national organization
· “ACHE Qualified Education credit”—credit that is earned through programs offered by ACHE, chapters or other qualified sources, whether the programming is face-to-face or distance offerings (webinars, online seminars, self-study courses, etc.)
ACHE affiliates wishing to advance or recertify may complete the required credits through ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits or a combination of ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits and ACHE Qualified Education credits. For example, for Fellow applications submitted beginning Jan. 1, 2012:
- 40 hours of Healthcare Management Continuing Education credit earned over the previous five years is required for advancement to Fellow
- 12 of the 40 credits must be ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits
- 28 of the 40 credits may be ACHE Qualified Education credits
The changes in terminology relate to the Board’s November 2010 decision to revise the requirements for earning the FACHE credential and for Fellow recertification, which are being phased in over the next two years. The revised requirements are designed, in part, to ensure that those earning or recertifying their credential experience the actual fellowship that is associated with shared, face-to-face learning opportunities.
The new terms for continuing education credit are intended to clearly distinguish the requirements but also to effectively convey the equal value of all types of programming qualifying toward advancement and recertification of the FACHE credential.
Please also be aware that, based on the approved changes to the credentialing program, beginning Jan. 1, 2012, distance learning—whether offered by ACHE chapters, ACHE or other qualified sources—earns ACHE Qualified Education credit. In particular, to receive Category I credit, ACHE self-study courses must have been purchased and completed by Dec. 31, 2011.
All unexpired Category I credits will still count toward advancement and recertification.
A detailed plan for informing all constituents about the changes to the Category I and II terminology is in place. Regents were informed in the November Report to Regents. Communication to ACHE affiliates began in December in ACHe-news and ACHE Education Enews and in the January/February issue of Healthcare Executive magazine. Chapters were notified in December through the Chapter Leaders Update and Quarterly Chapter President Calls.
Please refer to the Credentialing area of ache.org for more information on terminology changes and changes to the credentialing requirements, or contact your regional director.