Online Renewals Begin
As the timing of the transition process is at the discretion of the sponsor, the maintenance of an active Registry and/or QAS membership is critical. Registry membership renewals will continue as scheduled by the first of the month of initial approval date.
As of May 1, 2012, QAS sponsors will begin using an annual, online renewal process similar to the Registry renewal process. Those QAS sponsors with renewals due on or after June 1, 2012, will receive an email renewal notification that includes a link to an online form. If you have previously been a QAS sponsor, as well as a Registry sponsor, your Registry renewal date will be the renewal date for both designations going forward. If you are a QAS only sponsor, your renewal date will be the first day of the month of your QAS renewal.
Important Considerations for Renewals
There are a couple of items that are important to consider when completing the new renewal form. First, the online renewal form now includes QAS as a delivery method. When that delivery method is selected, you will be prompted to answer a few QAS-specific questions. Second, the Registry membership renewal fees are based on the number of unique program offerings (instead of the number of CPE credits as has been the historical calculation method for QAS). If you are both a QAS and Registry sponsor, you will add the number of QAS program offerings to your Registry renewal program offerings less any duplicate courses to determine the appropriate program offering level for renewal fee purposes. There are no longer separate fees for Registry renewal and QAS, as they have been combined into one fee based on the collective number of unique program offerings.
We believe this annual online, self-certification renewal process will significantly streamline the renewal process for sponsors and is the first step in transitioning the QAS program to the new QAS self-study designation on the Registry.
New Pricing Structure
As a part of changes to the QAS system, the pricing structure for programs has been reconfigured. In the past, charges were related to the number of credits offered. The merger of the QAS and Registry systems has allowed NASBA to streamline the pricing into a single format, which aligns more closely with the categories within each program level.
Under the new structure, programs no longer top out at 101 or more. The new program levels are:
"QAS fees are now associated with the number of program offerings, rather than the number of credits, to reflect how Registry membership fees are assessed," explains Luttrull. “We have streamlined everything into one payment structure,” she says. “We had a graduated scale before that wasn’t representing all of our program sponsors properly, especially the larger program sponsors, and our new levels do a much better job of that.”
The new rates will become effective for any initial applicant beginning May 1, 2012, and for renewals due July 1, 2012, in connection with the effective date of the revised Standards and the availability of the updated renewal self-certification form.
The new fee structure for renewals is as follows: