The Quality Assurance Service (QAS) program, established by NASBA in 1998, provides assistance to State Boards and their licensees through its approval of the highest quality CPE providers of self study courses.
Prior to the revisions to the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (2012) (Standards), the National Registry and QAS self study sponsors were held to the same requirements with the exception of the following:
QAS Sponsors were required to:
The revised Standards raise the requirements for all self study providers and eliminate the differences between the QAS and Registry self study requirements. NASBA has initiated changes to the administration of these programs to offer one designation for self study programs – “QAS Self Study.”
There will be a transition process for current QAS sponsors to the “QAS Self Study” designation to ensure that the revised Standards have been met. Once the transition process has been successfully completed and the sponsor receives approval for the QAS Self-Study delivery method, then all self study courses offered for CPE credit will be considered QAS-approved.
Until the QAS Self Study designation is awarded, current QAS sponsors will remain active, approved QAS providers with respect to their QAS identified courses as long as the QAS sponsor completes the online self-certification renewal form timely and submits required updates to their current QAS program offerings.
If you are a current QAS sponsor or a current Registry self study sponsor, there will be a transition process to the QAS Self Study designation to ensure that the revised Standards have been implemented with respect to all of your self study program offerings.
The first step of the process is to review and evaluate your self study offerings to determine if modifications are required in order to make them compliant with the revised Standards. It would be helpful to read and review the revised Standards with particular focus on Standard Nos. 8, 14 and 19.
Once you are comfortable that all self study program offerings are compliant with the revised Standards, you are ready to begin the QAS Self Study Transition Application. In order to receive the application, please complete a QAS Transition Initiation Form. This form will be available until December 1, 2013.
Upon submission of the QAS Transition Initiation Form, you will be requested to submit a program list of self study programs for which you plan to award “QAS Self Study” CPE credits. NASBA will then select programs from the submitted program listing and request additional information from you. These programs will be reviewed for compliance with the revised Standards.
If you are a QAS sponsor and approved for the self study delivery method on the Registry, you only need to complete the transition process to the QAS Self Study designation once. You will be requested to submit a program list of all of the self study programs for which you plan to award “QAS Self Study” CPE credits.
There will be a fee assessed for the transition and upgrade process to the QAS Self Study designation. The fee is based on the number of self study programs for which you plan to award “QAS Self Study” CPE credits. The fee schedule is graduated similarly to the initial, ADM and renewal applications. The fee is being assessed only to cover the cost of content reviewer fees, as selected programs will be reviewed for technical accuracy.
Approvals for those sponsors who successfully complete the "QAS Self Study" designation transition process will be issued on and subsequent to July 1, 2012.
For those providers not already approved for the self study delivery method either through the Registry or QAS, the initial application for membership on the National Registry as well as the Additional Delivery Method application have been updated to the revised Standards and include the “QAS Self Study” designation. Approvals for applications submitted on the new form will be issued on or subsequent to July 1, 2012.