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Volume 6, No. 5 - May 2017

Education Central

- Things to know about your continuing education

 

Six Things You Need to Know About Taking CE Courses

Complete all of your CE requirements in half the time. Contact us to find out how. Sound familiar? We have all seen advertisements like this. Many of you have probably taken courses from CE providers because of these advertisements. Did you know that as a student of a CE course you are also responsible under the continuing education regulations? Below is a list of things that you, as a student, are responsible for when taking CE courses.

  1. Students are required to complete the entirety of a CE course.
    1. For classroom courses, instructors should not allow entry after the class has started or release the class early.
    2. For self-study online courses you must review ALL of the approved content, including chapter quizzes, and pass the final exam with a 70% or higher.
  2. Students may not sleep, read non-course material or use a cell phone or other device for non-course related material.
  3. Students are required to maintain records of all course completions for 2 years from completion date.
  4. Students may not accept CE credit for courses they did not complete.
  5. Students may not provide or receive answers or offer or receive any assistance on any CE related examination.
  6. Students may not falsify any CE related document.

A violation of any portion of these regulations may result in a fine, suspension and/or denial of continuing education credit to you, the student. If you accept credit for a CE course that you did not complete or did not complete in its entirety, you could be found in violation. If an instructor does not require that you stay for the entire class and you accept CE credit, you could be found in violation. If you are able to skip directly to the final exam without reviewing any of the study material in an online course and you accept CE credit, you could be found in violation. It is your duty and responsibility as a licensee to maintain your ethical standards and report any education provider that is not adhering to the rules. To report provider activity, send a detailed email to: Education@MyFloridaCFO.com.

 

Are You Compliant with Your CE or Not?

To be CE compliant requires more than just taking CE courses. Below are a few suggestions for remaining CE compliant:

  • CE requirements change. You should regularly review your CE status through your MyProfile account. Your total hours have specific allocation requirements that must be met. Be sure to take all the right categories of CE courses.
  • Check for late hours. Hours taken after your due date will still post on your compliance evaluation screen, but they will be noted as "Late". Though your hours requirement may have been met, late completion of your continuing education requirement will result in penalties.
  • Check prior evaluation periods. Always check previous compliance periods to make sure you are not delinquent for a prior period. Be sure to click on VIEW ENFORCEMENT NOTICE just below the Not Compliant text to check for any outstanding fines.
  • Check your transcript. The same course cannot be taken with the same provider within a three-year period and receive credit. This is noted on your transcript as a duplicate course. You will need to take a different course to meet your CE requirement.

We wish you success in completing your hours to remain knowledgeable in an ever-changing insurance market. And remember, your CE compliance date is your DUE date, not your DO date.

Because many factors may affect your continuing education requirement (e.g. licenses held, number of years licensed, etc.), we encourage you to periodically check your MyProfile account to determine your individual continuing education compliance requirements and status. You will also be able to find more approved CE courses after logging in to your MyProfile account versus the public search option, which limits the results to the first 100 course offerings.