ALTA CEU FAQ

ALTA CEU FAQ

(Updated January 2012)

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  1. FAQs about ALTA CEUs for CALTs and CALPs
  2. FAQs about ALTA CEUs for QIs and ICALPs
  3. How to Record My CEUs

FAQs about CEUs for CALTs and CALPs

  1. Why does ALTA require CEUs for members?
    Requiring Continuing Education Units promotes current, competent methods and standards of practice in academic language therapy. It is a hallmark of professional member organizations.

  2. What is a CEU?
    Continuing Education Units are the contact hours earned through attendance of approved workshops, seminars, conferences, on-line events, or other approved alternate methods of professional development. Contact hours represent the exact time spent in the approved events such as: Attendance of a six-hour conference (9:00 – 3:00, with an hour lunch break) = 6 CEU contact hours credit; Participation in a 2 hour webinar = 2 CEU contact hours credit. Further information regarding other types of "alternative" methods of fulfilling the CEU requirement can be found in the Section III of the ALTA CEU Policy/Procedures, as well as question #18 of this FAQs document.

  3. How many hours are required?
    Ten contact hours of CEU credit are required each year.

  4. Who will keep track of the hours accumulated?
    Upon attendance of an ALTA approved event, each member is responsible for obtaining a signed certificate of attendance from the sponsor of the event. Contact hours for CEU credit should also be documented on the form entitled Continuing Education Units: Member Verification Form. The form is available from the ALTA website. Completed forms should be retained by the member for submission during the annual member renewal process.

  5. What documentation do I send to the ALTA office?
    Annual CEU contact hours acquired should be submitted to the ALTA office during the annual member renewal process through the completion of a CEUs — Member Verification Form. This form lists the CEU events in which you have participated during the previous membership year.

  6. What documentation is required if I am selected for audit?
    If you are selected for audit, you will verify your 10 hours of continuing education credits by again sending in the form entitled, CEUs — Member Verification Form, but this time also including copies of the sponsor-signed certificates or other documentation verifying your attendance of the approved event. (See question 15 for further information about the types of documentation required from the sponsoring agency.)

  7. When will I be notified that I have been selected for audit?
    You will be notified 45 days prior to the membership renewal date.

  8. How many members will be audited each year?
    Each year 5 % of the membership will be randomly selected for audit. (Instructors — please see FAQs for ALTA QIs and ICALPs.)

  9. What if I am selected for audit and lack the required 10 contact hours of CEU Credit?
    You have a 90-day grace period in which to acquire and submit verification of your CEUs. After this date, members who have not submitted the required documentation will be subject to penalties and/or disciplinary action as per the ALTA Membership Renewal Policies and Procedures. A 25% late renewal fee will be assessed if the documentation is postmarked after the 90-day grace period.

  10. What if I earn more than the required 10 contact hours of CEU credit annually?
    A maximum of 10 contact hours of CEU credit may be accrued during a renewal period. Any extra CEUs accrued may be applied during the next three consecutive renewal periods. First hours earned will be used first. If extra hours have not been used at the end of four years, those hours will be dropped.

  11. How long do I need to keep my hours documentation?
    We advise that you keep CEU documentation for a minimum of 3 years.

  12. I just completed my certification requirements. When do I begin documenting CEUs?
    Your CEU requirement begins immediately upon your certification with ALTA. You should accrue and retain your CEU credits as soon as you join ALTA. NOTE: Members certified after March 1 will need to provide CEU verification starting with their second ALTA renewal period.

  13. How will I know the times and locations of CEU events in my area?
    Every effort will be made to post all approved events on the ALTA website and in the ALTA Bulletin; however it is the responsibility of each member to research appropriate available events to meet this CEU requirement. (Note: individual application for approval can be obtained when submitted at least two weeks prior to the event – see Question 14)

  14. What if continuing education sponsors in my area do not have ALTA approval?
    To receive CEU credit for attending a conference or event that has not been pre-approved for ALTA contact hours, ALTA members must obtain individual approval two weeks prior to the conference or event. The event may be submitted for pre-approval by filling out the Individual Event Approval Form for review by the Chairman of the CEU committee.

  15. Am I required to pay a fee to accrue CEUs?
    Currently no fee is required to accrue CEUs. Registration fees, however, may be required by the Sponsors of particular events.

  16. Do I need documentation from the Sponsoring Agency?
    Yes, the sponsoring agency will provide a letter, form, transcript, or certificate. You will keep this documentation your personal ALTA CEU file in the event that you are selected for audit. These documents must be attached to your CEU-Membership Verification Form and submitted to the ALTA office upon your selection for audit. Also refer to these documents when completing your membership renewal forms.

  17. Do I need to send anything to ALTA if I am not selected for audit?
    Yes, each year you will send your annual membership fee and you will be asked to (1) sign a statement on your membership renewal form indicating that you have earned 10 contact hours of CEU credit during the past year; and (2) list the events you attended on the CEU-Membership Verification Form.

  18. If an ALTA member is presenting at an approved event, can she/he receive CEU credit?
    Yes, two hours of CEU credit may be earned for each hour of your presentation. Contact hours are limited to one presentation of the same topic and documentation is required. (See Section IIIA of ALTA CEU PROCEDURES.)

  19. If I am unable to attend events in person, are there alternative means for accruing CEUs?
    Yes, members may accrue CEUs by the alternative means listed in Section III of the ALTA CEU PROCEDURES. At least 3contact hours must be earned by attendance IN PERSON at ALTA approved conferences, workshops, or seminars each year. However, for those unable to attend the minimum requirement of 3 contact hours IN PERSON during a membership year, a waiver request may be obtained from the ALTA office. All requests for this waiver will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and approved or denied by the CEU Committee.

FAQs about CEUs For QIs and ICALPs

  1. Why is ALTA requiring QIs and ICALPs to turn in documentation for 10 contact hours of CEU credit each year?
    Qualified Instructors and Instructors of Certified Language Practitioners are audited annually because they train teachers and therapists, as well as individuals working to become QIs and ICALPs. To insure that QIs and ICALPs are knowledgeable regarding the most current research based methods and procedures in the field, the ALTA Board of Directors requires that documentation of continuing education be submitted annually.

  2. What documentation should I submit with the annual QI and ICALP audit?
    Documentation should include the form entitled "CEUs — Member Verification Form" and copies of your certificates of attendance from ALTA approved events.

  3. What if I earn more than the required 10 contact hours of CEU credit in a one-year period?
    Hours earned above the required CEUs may be applied during the next two consecutive membership renewals. First hours earned will be used first. If extra hours have not been used at the end of two years, they will be dropped.

  4. How long do I need to keep my documentation?
    We advise that you keep CEU documentation for a minimum of 3 years.

  5. How will I know the times and locations of CEU events in my area?
    Every effort will be made to post pre-approved events on the ALTA website and in the ALTA Bulletin; however, it is the responsibility of each member to research appropriate available events to meet the CEU requirements.

  6. What if continuing education sponsors in my area do not have ALTA approval?
    To receive CEU credit for attending a conference or event that has not been pre-approved for ALTA contact hours, ALTA members must obtain individual approval two weeks prior to the conference or event. The event may be submitted for pre-approval by filling out the Individual Event Approval Form for review by the Chairman of the CEU committee.

  7. Am I required to pay a fee to accrue CEUs?
    Currently no fee is required to accrue CEUs. Registration fees may, however, be required from sponsor of events attending.

  8. Do I need to get documentation from the Sponsoring Agency?
    Yes, the sponsoring agency will provide a letter, form, transcript, or certificate. This documentation is required along with the CEU-Membership Verification Form each year upon membership renewal and audit. This form is available online and through the ALTA office.

  9. If a QI or an ICALP is presenting an approved ALTA event, can they receive CEU credit?
    Yes, two hours of CEU credit may be earned for each hour of your presentation. Contact hours are limited to one presentation of the same topic and documentation is required. (See Section IIIA of ALTA CEU PROCEDURES.)

  10. If I am unable to attend events in person, are there alternative means for accruing CEUs?
    Yes, members may accrue CEUs by the alternative means listed in Section III of the ALTA CEU PROCEDURES. At least 3 contact hours must be earned by attendance IN PERSON at ALTA approved conferences, workshops, or seminars each year. However, for those unable to attend the minimum requirement of 3 contact hours IN PERSON during a membership year, a waiver request may be obtained from the ALTA office. All requests for this waiver will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and approved or denied by the CEU Committee.

How to Record My CEUs

Step 1: Log in to your ALTA profile using your email address and password to access the "Members Only Section."

Step 2: Once in the members only area, click the "Record My CEUs" link under the CEUs section.

Step 3: Go to the "click here" link highlighted at the top of the page in order to record CEU events on the verification form. You will fill out the necessary information accordingly, including the name of the event under "session title," the date, presenters at the event, etc. Remember that 1 CEU is the equivalent to 1 hour attended at each event. If you attended an event for 3 hours, you will put 3 beside "Number of Contact Hours." If you attended an event for 5 hours and 30 minutes, you will put 5.5.

Since you are renewing for 2017-2018, you list the CEUs you earned under CEU year 2016-2017. This is because you earned the CEUs the year before so that you are able to renew in 2017-2018. Finally, click "Submit." If you need to start over, click "Reset" to clear the information.

Step 4: Once the event is submitted, you will click the link that says "Click here to verify that the information is correct" on the following page. Your CEUs will appear in a list format by membership year. If you need to update any information, or delete the entire event, click "Update" or "Delete" to the left of the event session title.

When it's time to turn in your CEU verification form, you should have 10 CEUs for the completed membership year.

Step 5: Any extra CEUs will roll over to the next renewal year. For instance, if you accumulated 13 CEUs in 2016-2017, 3 of those CEUs listed must go under 2017-2018. If you need to split some of your events up between membership periods in order to fit 10 CEUs under a specific year, you may do so. Here's an example: Suppose you have 2 events listed under 2016-2017. Event X counted for 6 CEUs, and Event Y counted for 7 CEUs. Obviously, there are 3 more CEUs listed than are required. Take one of those events and divide it between 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. You would list the remaining 3 CEUs for Event X under 2017-2018 with the exact same session title, date, etc., just a different CEU year because you are rolling the extra over.

Step 6: Once the CEUs are recorded correctly, and click "Members Only" under the "Members" tab. Mid-way down the page, click "Print My CEU Verification Form" under the CEUs/Audit section. Print the form and reserve it for your records. If you are a QI or ICALP, you will need to mail the form in with proof of the CEUs you listed.

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