ASPR Committee Updates
FASPR Recertification Requirements and Procedures Announced
By Jennifer Metivier, FASPR, ASPR Executive Director
The ASPR Fellowship Committee is pleased to announce the requirements and procedures for maintaining your FASPR (Fellow of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters) Certification. Information may also be found in the Fellowship section of the ASPR website at www.aspr.org.
As a Fellow of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (FASPR), it is important to demonstrate continued commitment to education and advancement in the in-house physician recruitment profession. In an effort to ensure that Fellows maintain an appropriate level of education commensurate with the FASPR designation, ASPR has developed fellowship recertification requirements.
Beginning January 1, 2012, FASPR certification will be valid for three years from the date of certification. Recertification will be required within three months of the FASPR expiration date. FASPRs who obtained certification prior to January 1, 2012 will have three years to obtain their recertification requirements beginning on January 1, 2012.
There will be a $25 recertification fee to cover administrative costs.
FASPR recertification requirements
Effective January 1, 2012, the following requirements must be met in order to recertify and maintain your ASPR Fellow status:
- Must be a current ASPR Member in good standing.
- Obtain a minimum of 24 CEs over the three year period following most recent FASPR certification.
- If 24 CEs are not obtained, recertification may also be obtained by re-taking and passing all three fellowship exams.
- Requirements must be met within three months of FASPR expiration.
If these criteria are met, you will receive a new FASPR Certificate upon your recertification. Once you have obtained recertification three times, you will achieve a Lifetime Certification and will not be required to re-certify again.
Tracking your CEs:
You will be able to track your CEs obtained from ASPR conferences or webinars at any time on the ASPR website in the “My ASPR” section of the Member Resources page.
You must maintain documentation for CEs obtained from other approved organizations as these will not be included in your “My ASPR” profile. Random audits will be conducted at which time you will be required to provide documentation for any non-ASPR obtained CEs. A full listing of approved organizations can be found on the ASPR website at www.aspr.org.
In order to apply for recertification, you must complete the online FASPR Recertification Submission Form that includes the title of the programs, providing organizations, dates, and number of CEs for each program that you are applying towards your 24 CE requirements. Payment of $25 will be required at the time of recertification application.
You should complete the FASPR Recertification Submission Form before your FASPR expiration date. You will receive reminders regarding your CE requirements two years, one year, and six months prior to your FASPR expiration date. You will have a three month grace period from the time of FASPR expiration to submit the form before you lose your FASPR certification status.
Random audits will be conducted to ensure that the appropriate number of CEs have been obtained. Audits will include a review of ASPR programs attended and a request for supporting documentation for any non-ASPR obtained CEs. Appropriate documentation of non-ASPR obtained CEs may include program certificates, program brochures, and other key documents demonstrating your attendance and completion of CEs.
Q: How many hours of education is equivalent to a CE?
A: One hour of education is equivalent to one CE.
Q: Do I have to take 8 CEs each calendar year?
A: No, you just need to obtain 24 CEs total over the three-year period.
Q: If this is effective January 1, 2012, do I need to have obtained all 24 CEs by then?
A: No, you have until December 31, 2014 to obtain the 24 CEs.
Q: Do I need to submit a CE certificate to ASPR to obtain credit?
A: If you obtain your CE from a non-ASPR program, you must maintain documentation on file as evidence that you attended the program. This documentation will not be submitted to ASPR unless you are selected for a random audit at which time you would need to supply ASPR with copies of the documentation.
Q: Does the education have to be “live” or can it be via webinar?
A: Webinars will count towards CE as long as they are provided by one of the approved organizations.
Q: If I present at a conference, can I obtain CEs for my presentation?
A: No, only education obtained in a learning environment will be eligible for CEs.
Q: Can I count any CEs obtained during 2011 towards my 24 CE requirement?