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Happy New Year, fellow APA members!
With in-person APA course opportunities currently “on hold”, APA members now have a new means of advancing in their certification or continuing education during the pandemic and beyond. APA’s Council on Accreditation and Standards (CAS) recently decided to incorporate recorded course study into APA’s certification program.
Here are key points to know about recorded course accreditation:
- APA will allow each member a limit of 10 hours of APA-approved video course study per certification level, 50 hours of continuing education or concentrated studies certification.
- The region presenting a recorded course for CAS approval is responsible for embedding codes or questions within the recording or providing other, adequate verification methods for documentation of participation.
- Members must register for or check out recorded courses through their regional certification chairs and must pay the required fee in order for certification credit to be recorded.
- To receive credit, members also must fulfill the participation verification criteria for the courses taken.
- CAS suggests a $25 fee per recorded class, depending on the costs of offering the class. $15 of each $25 fee should be given to the participating member’s region.
- Recorded Polity courses should be no older than three years; all other courses should be no older than five years.
- At this time, CAS has decided only that recorded Polity courses may be taken to fulfill core course requirements or for continuing education hours; CAS has not determined that recorded Polity classes can fulfill the requirement that members must take a Polity class every three years to retain current certification. Therefore, until or unless such a decision is made, recorded classes may not be taken to fulfill the Polity requirement.
Recordings of the virtual Polity classes APA offered this summer are now available through your regional certification chair to be taken for credit, as outlined above.
Keep in mind also that CAS has revised APA's Certification Program so that a member may receive core credit for a core class for any level (rather than having to wait until he or she is within 10 hours of completing the previous level), provided the member advises his or her regional certification chair of intent and has paid the appropriate certification fee.
Please contact your regional chair for additional information about how you might benefit from this convenient new option for earning certification credit or CE hours.
National Accreditation and Standards Chairperson
Presbytery of Florida
PO Box 7
Chipley, FL 32428
Atlantic Region (Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia)
New Castle Presbyterian Church
25 E. 2nd Street
New Castle, DE 19720
Presbytery of New York City
475 Riverside Drive #1600
New York, NY 10115
Heartland Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
United Presbyterian Church
2400 W. Northmoor Road
Peoria, IL 61614
Pacific Region (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington)
Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church
4884 Sparks Blvd #102
Sparks, NV 89436
Southeast Region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Tennessee)
Synod of South Atlantic
118 East Monroe Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Southwest Region (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming)
Presbytery of Tres Rios
1201 W. Wall
Midland, TX 79701