Due to the revisions to the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards), as well as changes implemented by NASBA to offer one designation for self study programs – QAS Self Study – there is a transition process that must be completed by all current QAS and Registry self study sponsors to the QAS Self Study designation.
Self study programs already in existence as of December 31, 2011, have until March 1, 2014, to be in compliance with the revised Standards. As such, in order to demonstrate compliance by March 1, 2014, sponsors must apply for the QAS Self Study designation transition no later than January 1, 2014.
After March 1, 2014, the ONLY self study designation offered through NASBA and the National Registry of CPE Sponsors will be the QAS Self Study designation. If you have not successfully completed the transition to the QAS Self Study delivery method by March 1, 2014, you will be removed from the self study or QAS-only instructional delivery methods on the Registry and will need to reapply for the QAS Self Study designation.
A common finding in the QAS transition applications reviewed to date is the assessment of the learning objectives at the end of the course. It’s important to note that your learning objectives must be assessed at the end of the course. This means if your learning objective states that the learner should be able to "list" certain items or "describe" a process, the final assessment should have the learner do just those actions.
Often, our Self Study sponsors have objective type (multiple choice) final assessments, and using action verbs like "list" and "describe" are not assessed in an objective final assessment. Our sponsors need to be very aware of the terms they use in their learning objectives so that they are compliant with Standard S8 – 01:
S8 – 01: Guide participant through learning process
To guide participants through a learning process, CPE program sponsors of self-study programs must elicit participant responses to test for understanding of the material. Learners must participate in activities during instruction to demonstrate achievement of learning objectives. Appropriate feedback must be provided. Achievement of learning objectives must be confirmed after the course through a final assessment.
Should you have any questions regarding the QAS transition process, please contact Jessica Luttrull, National Registry Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-880-4245. It also might help to review the Top 10 Most Common Deficiencies in QAS Transition Application Reviews, published in the January 2013 edition of the CPE Monitor.