Starting May 2015 the Florida Department of Health will require all Florida healthcare professionals to provide proof of CE compliance at the time of renewal.
Continuing Education Electronic Tracking System
The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, will now review your continuing education records in the electronic tracking system at the time of renewal. It will happen automatically when you renew your license, but it is important that you understand how this simple change will affect the way you renew your license in the future. If the practitioner’s continuing education records are complete, they will be able to renew their license without interruption. If the practitioner’s continuing education records are not complete, they will be prompted to enter their remaining continuing education hours before proceeding with their license renewal.
It is now required that all CE is completed and reported to CE Broker before you renew your license. Read more about the new license renewal process at AreYouRenewalReady.com and claim your free, Basic Account in CE Broker to see what has already been reported for you.
Professional Development Resources is approved by the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy; Psychology & School Psychology; Dietetics & Nutrition; Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; and Occupational Therapy Practice and is CE Broker compliant. When you complete continuing education with us, we will report your hours for you (within 1 week of completion).
The Florida Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance will verify a practitioner’s continuing education record in the electronic tracking system (CE Broker) at the time of renewal. Practitioners will be able to view their course history in the continuing education tracking system free of charge. The course history will show all the courses that have been reported for the practitioner.
If the practitioner’s continuing education records are complete, they will be able to renew their license without interruption.
If the practitioner’s continuing education records are not complete, they will be prompted to enter their remaining continuing education hours before proceeding with their license renewal.
1. Why is continuing education being verified at renewal?
Continuing Education is a requirement to renew a professional license. Section 456.025(7), F.S. requires the Department to implement an electronic continuing education tracking system for each biennial renewal cycle and to integrate such system into the licensure and renewal system. The two systems are now integrated.
2. What will happen if I do not have the required continuing education for renewal?
The project will be implemented in two phases. The first phase (optional phase) will prompt practitioner’s to input required continuing education hours, but will not prevent licensure renewal. The second phase (mandatory) will require reporting of all required continuing education hours in order to proceed with license renewal.
During the mandatory phase you will not be able to renew a license without having your continuing education hours reported into the continuing education tracking system. If you do not have the hours to report, your license will move to a delinquent status at expiration. In order to renew a delinquent license you will be required to complete the continuing education requirements. Additional fees may apply.
3. Do I have to wait until license renewal to report my continuing education credits to the electronic tracking system?
No, you can report your hours free of charge anytime during the biennium by registering for the Free Basic Account. The Department encourages you to report early to avoid a delay in the license renewal process. For more information please visit www.CEatRenewal.com.
Please note, if you take a course from a Florida Board approved Provider they are required to report on your behalf. If you take a course from a National organization it is your responsibility to report completion. There may be other ways for you to obtain credit towards continuing education required for license renewal. For specific approved methods of obtaining continuing education for your profession please review the Board rules by visiting www.flhealthsource.com.
4. Do I have to subscribe to the electronic tracking system?
No, subscriptions remain optional. There are a number of services you can receive by subscribing, however, it is optional.
You do however need to report your hours. You can always search for courses, report your hours, and view your course history free of charge by creating a Free Basic Account
5. How will I know what has been reported?
You will be able to view your course history in the tracking system free of charge. Your course history will show all the courses that have been reported, the completion date and the total number of hours. You can create your basic account or professional account at www.CEatRenewal.com.
6. Do I have to report my continuing education completion into the tracking system or will the Provider report on my behalf?
If you take a course from a Florida approved continuing education provider, the provider is responsible for reporting your course completion. If you take your course from a National organization you will be required to self-report into the tracking system.
7. How long does a Florida approved Provider have to report my continuing education completion into the tracking system?
Pursuant to Rule 64B – 5.002, F.A.C Providers are allowed up to 90 days to report. However, during the renewal period this process is modified to allow licensees to self-report courses taken from a Florida approved Provider to avoid a delay in license renewal. If you have multiple licenses, it is important to be sure the provider is aware of each as they are required to submit completions for each applicable license (i.e. if you are a licensed psychologist PY123 and a licensed school psychologist SS123, the provider would need to report any course completions to both of your licenses for you to receive credit under both licenses).
8. Where do I go to report my hours?
You can report your hours by logging into MQA Services using your user id and password at www.flhealthsource.com OR you can visit www.CEatRenewal.com. Both sites will direct you to the tracking system to create a free basic account.
9. Does Professional Development Resources report my course completions to CE Broker?