Continuing Education Review Criteria
Each continuing education course submitted to ABC’s Continuing Education Review Program will be will be reviewed by a veteran subject matter expert against each of the criteria listed below. These general guidance criteria were developed by the ABC Membership as a model of the major elements to be considered when reviewing or evaluating continuing education.
- Delivery format or media is identified.
- Intended audience is identified.
- Course is developed by instructional design experts.
- Course is developed based on needs analysis and is relevant for intended audience.
- Learning objectives are clearly stated.
- Content developed by qualified subject matter experts.
- No product or service endorsements.
- Course is beta tested (field tested) for content and length of time necessary to complete by individuals representing the intended audience.
- Beta-test results are evaluated and revisions implemented.
- Average completion length is determined based on standard industry formulas and beta testing results.
Credit/CEU is awarded by course sponsor or other organization responsible for evaluating training, and is based on national accrediting standards.
- Criteria for successful course completion are identified.
- Question item bank is sufficient to randomly generate multiple exam versions (a minimum of three item bank questions for every one exam question generated is recommended).
- Quizzes or other forms of review and feedback are included in the course.
- A final comprehensive examination with a minimum score of 70 percent is required for successful completion.
- Opportunity to pass a final comprehensive examination is limited to three attempts per course enrollment.
- Course sponsor can demonstrate knowledge and expertise in developing and delivering continuing education.
- Company biography
- Organizational goals
- History of activity in distance education field
- Instructor/developer credentials are available for review.
- Course curriculum and reference materials are available for review.
- Course sponsor can document an ongoing course feedback, evaluation and review process.
- Course sponsor has adequate technology and staff resources to administer the training and maintain student records (a minimum of seven years is recommended).
- A certificate of completion or attendance report documenting credit/CEU awarded is provided upon successful course completion.
- Students have access to instructions regarding computer system hardware and software specifications.
- Students have access to instructions about program installation, use and assistance.
- Timely availability of both technical and content-related instructional support is provided.
- Course sponsor is able to document security aspects of all transactions:
- Student identity/passwords
- Verification of attendance
- Authenticity of certificates of completion
- Course sponsor has the ability to provide, upon request by a certifying authority, attendance, completion, or other student reports.