Staying certified contributes to professional development by ensuring certificants stay current in thee field and enhance their knowledge and skills through participating in continuing education. Practitioners attempt to stay abreast of current information and events affecting the profession and allied healthcare industry. Continuing education credits must be based on current events, industry mandates and relevance to to the allied healthcare field.
The two-year time period contributes to professional development because it:
Allows the certified individual time to gain employment in their respective industry
Provides certified individuals time to gain their credits through their place of employment without the loss of work hours
Ensures that certified individuals do not let an extended period of time lapse without education and exposure to professional development
The allied healthcare fields are in constant change and all healthcare professionals must stay current with those changes. Education taken outside of the AMCA or through the AMCA are both convenient ways to keep certification current. The AMCA certification is valid for 2 years from the date of testing. The AMCA requires 10 continuing education credits every two years to keep certification current. Policies for Continuing Education are established by the AMCA Certification Board. Job analysis and competitive reviews of other healthcare certifications are utilized to inform the Certification Board’s decision regarding total CE hours.
The AMCA offers the following two options for fulfilling continuing education credits.
Continuing Education through the AMCA
The AMCA offers Career Advancement Volumes and Career Advancement Certificate Programs (CACP), worth 10 CE credits that can be completed online for $158.00. Therefore, one Career Advancement Volume or CACP program is needed to renew a certification and meet the 10 CE credit requirement.
Outside credits (CEUs) are accepted; however, they require submission, review, and approval. Proof of completion indicating the candidate’s name, number of hours attended, the date of attendance, and the course title for each CEU. Outside credits are reviewed based on current events, industry mandates, and relevance to the allied health industry. If the outside credits are approved, the equivalency is 1 hour = 1 credit. All outside credits are reviewed by the Continuing Education Department. Outside credits are accepted at $11.00 per credit hour.
Renewing your AMCA certification is a two-step process. To avoid additional recertification fees, please allow enough time between banking your Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and submitting certification(s) for renewal.
If the process is not complete by the certification expiration date, an additional reinstatement fee of $25 will be incurred. If you are beyond the reinstatement period, you could lose your certification.
Step 1: Submit 10 CE credits to be reviewed, awarded and banked to your account. Once you are notified that the submitted CE credits have been awarded and banked, you are eligible for renewal. The Renewal Form must be submitted from inside the AMCA account.
Step 2: Log into your AMCA account, and click on the “Certification and Certificates” tab which is found in the Menu bar on the left side of your screen. Once credits banked have reached the 10 CEU minimum, the certification can now be renewed. Select the eligible certification(s) you wish to renew. Click “Renew Selected Certifications”, enter payment and submit.
Note: Certifications are renewed at the cost of $15.00 each.
Please allow 21 business days for the Continuing Education Department to process the certification renewal and issue updated digital credentials.
Candidates will have up to one year to reinstate their expired certification. A $25.00 Reinstatement Fee will be assessed.
Candidates that are expired for more than one year are not eligible for reinstatement and are required to re-test.
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