The National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals (NC-CME) recently announced that 100% of eligible members of the Certified CME Professional (CCMEP) Class of September 2008 have registered for their two-year Extension of Certification (EOC). This announcement follows on the heels of the CCMEP Class of June 2008, with an 89% retention rate.
CCMEP is a certification of CME professionals which includes experience and testing to determine their knowledge in educational design, outcomes, education theory and ACCME regulations.
Dennis Wentz, MD, CCMEP, President of the NC-CME Board of Directors, said “this as impressive evidence that the CCMEP credential is retaining its value.”
The Extension of Certification extends the initial 3-year certification period to 5 years for CCMEPs who fulfill EOC eligibility requirements. Notices are sent to all CCMEPs 2-3 months before their certification expires. Active CCMEPs may submit their EOC applications as soon as they receive their notices.
Each candidate’s EOC worksheet will be reviewed and approved as meeting the eligibility criteria, which emphasize the continuous professional development of persons who develop, administer, certify, and fund continuing education activities for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Summary of key points regarding the EOC:
- Successful candidates will receive a 2-year extension of current certification.
- An updated certificate will be mailed before the initial certification expires.
- Documentation of 12 points of education/experience earned since the most recent certification is required
- No exam is required for the EOC.
- $275 EOC fee can be paid online.
- EOC names will be posted in the “National Registry of Certified CME Professionals”
Dr. Wentz noted, “CCMEPs who allow their certification to expire will no longer be listed in the National Registry. In order to be re-instated, they will have to sit for and pass the currently-available 3-hour exam and will need to document 15 points of education and experience in the CME field within the past 3 years.”
Candidates who wish to sit for the CCMEP during the December 1-31 testing period may now register online at How to Register for the Extension of Certification.