Have You Checked Out Best Practices Lately?

April 2013

During the 2011 review and revision process that lead to the implementation of the revised Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards), the NASBA CPE Task Force discussed ways to provide CPE sponsors supplemental information to assist in the development of CPE programs. From these discussions, the Best Practices section of the Learning Market website was created. 

The best practices are presented by delivery method (Group Live, Group Internet Based, QAS Self Study and Independent Study), and then further broken down into four categories: development, presentation, measurement and reporting.

Each category under the four delivery methods also contains a resources section, with articles and links to other websites. Users can easily navigate Best Practices to do anything – such as learn how to calculate CPE credit on a group live program to download a template for an independent study learning contract.

But the Best Practices section is meant to serve as more than just NASBA’s information depot about the Standards – it is intended to be a working area for sponsors. All CPE program sponsors are encouraged to submit best practices information to NASBA for consideration and inclusion.

We have already begun to receive some submissions and have recently added a template for calculating CPE credits using the word count formula that was submitted by one of our sponsors. This template has been requested multiple times by sponsors, and should prove very useful.

“If our sponsors are doing something in a great, thoughtful and meaningful way, we want them to submit that information to us so we can share their best practices,” said Jessica Luttrull, National Registry Manager.

It is important that Registry members know that the Best Practices section does not represent “interpretations” of the Standards. The Best Practices area is truly intended for sharing great ways to do things, and its contents are not enforceable or required.

To further this environment of knowledge sharing and learning, we want to hear from you. Is there anything more you would like to see in the Best Practices area that would benefit you? What suggestions do you have to increase information sharing? If you have any ideas or suggestions, or if you would like to submit information for possible inclusion in the Best Practices section of the website, please send your information to jluttrull@nasba.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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