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Course Reviewer’s Corner - What Providers Should Know About Changes in Member Self-Report Policy

By Michael F. Tamara, Assoc. AIA

Manager, Continuing Education Programs

I hope all of you are enjoying a happy and productive New Year thus far. We’re certainly off to a rolling start here at AIA!

In 2011, as you may already know, the AIA adopted a new policy for member self-reporting of credits. The biggest change, set to take effect on February 1, 2012, is that members will now only be able to self-report basic LU credits to their transcripts. Consequently, HSW and SD credit will have to be achieved solely through an AIA CES approved Provider from this point forward.

This change allows for greater quality assurance in the continuing education our members are receiving, since every HSW and SD credit will now have already been reviewed and approved by us before even being offered to the members. The biggest practical effect this has on Providers is that timely reporting of attendance is now all the more important. Why?

As you know, the Provider Manual allows up to ten (10) business days for Providers to report attendance for courses. Oftentimes, after waiting longer and still not seeing credit on their transcripts, some members have taken the incorrect action of self-reporting the course, rather than first inquiring with the Provider. Then, when the Provider eventually reports attendance, a duplication of credit is caused for the same course on the member’s transcript. This, of course, does a disservice to all parties involved, and has caused a great deal of confusion at times.

In addition to quality assurance of content, the new rule will eliminate this duplication problem for all courses carrying HSW and/or SD credit. From this point forward, members will be unable to take it upon themselves to add these credits, and will subsequently be contacting us or the Provider if they still aren’t seeing it on their transcripts more than two weeks after taking the course. Therefore, please be more conscientious than ever to report attendance on time.

Thank you for your continued cooperation with CES in our ongoing efforts to serve our members. May 2012 be a great year!

 

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