Continuing Professional Education (CPU)

The Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) defines continuing professional education (CPE) as education beyond that required for entry into the profession of nutrition and dietetics. CPE participation is mandatory for maintenance of registration. CDR Credentialed Practitioners engage in lifelong development to maintain and improve knowledge and skills for competent practice. This includes continuous self-assessments to identify professional strengths and learning needs, establishment of short-term and long-term goals for individual professional development and selection of appropriate CPE to meet these goals.

Prior approved activities are individual educational activities for which activity Providers have opted to request continuing professional education (CPE) hour approval on behalf of CDR Credentialed Practitioners prior to the date of the activity.

The documentation for review to the CDR or the affiliated dietetic association should be submitted 4-6 weeks prior to the activity date. The CDR requests at least 4-6 weeks for review and asks that the applicant keeps one copy for their file. Some affiliate dietetic associations share the CPE approval responsibilities with the CDR.

Live Activities
The CDR or State CPE Review Contact will send verification of approval. Activity Providers MUST provide each participant with a certificate of completion verifying completion of the activity. Providers MUST also maintain a list of participants who completed their activity for at least 7 years. The approval status can be effective up to one calendar year from date of approval. Approval status will expire after the 1st of the year, and the entire activity along with documentation must be resubmitted for review prior to the expiration date.

The following must be provided with Prior Approval Requests:
– Educational objectives, describing anticipated outcomes for each session
– A Timing outline, detailing all the time spent in sessions, meals, breaks, testing, etc. All hours are awarded for learning time only
– Info regarding the target audience
– Qualifications of speaker(s)/presenter(s).

Self Study Activities
Request for Prior Approval of Self-Study activities must be submitted to the CDR for review. Providers MUST also maintain a list of participants who completed their activity for at least 7 years. The approval status can be effective up to one calendar year from date of approval. Approval status will expire after the third year, and the entire activity along with documentation must be resubmitted for review prior to the expiration date. The CDR’s Competency Assurance Panel has ruled that Self Study CPE activities, regardless of their format, will be eligible for CPE credit for up to 3 years from the date of their initial publication. PDP (Professional Development Portfolio) policy had until recently indicated that Self Study activities which were not “enduring”, like newspapers and recording of live presentations, would be eligible for CPE credit for only 1 year.

The following must be provided with Prior Approval Requests:
– Access to Self Study activities, including objectives of the activity stated in operational behavioral terms
– A bibliography for reference and further reading. Complete references must be cited. Controversial or disputed issues must be presented as such, with documentation from current and reputable refereed scientific journals
– Three letters from content experts. Letters should attest to the CPE content appropriateness for the CDR credentialed practitioners with specific comments. The letters should also attest to the length of time required to complete the activity. The content experts should not be associated with the Provider in any way. A biography, resume, or CV must be included for each content
– Documentation of the background in test item development of the item writers (participation in class, workshops on item writing techniques including sponsoring organization’s name)

As a part of one of my major projects for my currently rotation site, they have asked me to present a CPE presentation/webinar to be streamed to other affiliated hospitals on the FODMAP diet. The FODMAP diet is currently a presentation assignment/project of mine for my Graduate Seminar class this semester. So, hopefully my Seminar presentation, on March 25th, goes well and I can work out any kinks before I plan on presenting at my rotation site facility. So, be on the lookout for a blog about the FODMAP diet!

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