ACE Handbook makes its debut
ACE is pleased to announce the publication of the ACE Handbook, a new resource for ACE providers and applicants that consolidates and clarifies the information needed to complete a successful application or renewal by organizing the requirements and presenting them in a single document.
The new handbook reimagines the process of gaining ACE provider approval by grouping each essential detail and program requirement under one of the 29 standards that ACE providers must meet. The standards are organized into seven categories:
- Meeting regulatory requirements
- Applying social work values and ethics
- Working with ACE
- Ensuring course quality and relevance
- Delivering learning experiences
- Promoting and advertising
- Administering the CE program and courses
A link to a procedures document makes information about the ACE application process easy to access. It contains links to forms, information about fees and payment, instructions on submitting application materials and course samples, and information about the review process, remaining in good standing with ACE, renewals, and more.
Publication of the ACE Handbook coincides with some changes to the ACE program, which ACE providers will need to follow to remain compliant. For example, the ACE approval statement that ACE providers must include on promotional materials and certificates of credit has new wording. Other changes include payment of a fee if an applicant wishes to continue to submit application materials for review after three unsuccessful attempts; refinements to evaluation questions; and the addition of attestation as a method for documenting attendance at certain events. In addition, the list of acceptable and unacceptable content areas has been expanded, application forms have been updated, and some terminology describing course delivery formats has been altered. The pilot test policy was updated, and language about posttests was changed to clarify ACE requirements.
A robust appendix is part of the ACE Handbook. It offers helpful checklists, samples, application forms, and other informational material.
The ACE Handbook is available via the ACE Handbook web page. We recommend bookmarking it on your computer so that you can access it easily. We’ll keep you informed here in the Continuing Competence newsletter whenever we update the handbook so that you know when changes occur. The handbook includes a revision date as well.
Check out the new ACE section of the website coinciding with the release of the ACE Handbook. The new page offers streamlined access to ACE standards and the handbook. It’s the perfect launching pad for CE providers wishing to gain ACE approval, jurisdictions looking to learn more, and social workers who need CE.
Coming soon through ACE: Individual course approval
Beginning in early 2019, ACE will offer individual course and conference approval in addition to provider approval. The New Jersey CE Course Approval Program will be merged with the new individual course approval process. Current courses approved for New Jersey that have not reached the end of their current approval period will be transitioned to ACE.
After individual course approval goes live, continuing education providers who would like to submit individual courses or conferences for approval for New Jersey or other jurisdictions may complete an application for ACE individual course approval. A continuing education provider seeking individual course approval does not need to be a current ACE provider, and a different fee schedule applies.
The new cosponsorship policy, which takes effect June 1, 2019, will integrate with the individual course approval process. Under the new policy, ACE providers cosponsoring with non-ACE providers must apply for and receive individual course and conference approval. Applications will be accepted for all format types that ASWB ACE currently approves, including one format not currently allowed under the ACE provider-level cosponsorship approval policy: asynchronous distance learning (self-paced) courses.
We’ll provide more information about individual course approval fees and the application process by the end of December. Watch your email inbox for this important information.
Cosponsorship changes coming June 2019
As of June 1, 2019, ACE providers who are currently approved to cosponsor will no longer have provider approval to cosponsor CE activities with non-ACE providers. ACE providers with current cosponsorship approval must notify non-ACE providers that the non-ACE provider may not offer ACE credit for cosponsored CE activities occurring after May 31, 2019. ACE providers planning to cosponsor CE activities after June 1 with non-ACE providers must submit these activities through the ACE individual course approval process in order for the course or conference to be considered for ACE approval.
Another change is coming in June: ACE approval will be automatic for ACE providers in good standing to cosponsor with other ACE providers in good standing when all cosponsoring providers are approved for the course format being offered.
Learn more about the cosponsorship policy change.
Help wanted: Beta testers needed for the new ACE online application
ACE will launch an online application in early 2019 with the goal of making the approval process easier and smoother. ACE is restructuring both the application process and the ACE course search feature on the website. These exciting changes are being programmed right now, and we are seeking input before we roll out the system.
Whether you are a large or small provider, we invite you to help us beta test the new system before its official launch. Please email Lisa Casler Haun at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Those selected will receive details about the testing process and time frame.