NASPA Continuing Education (CE) Frequently Asked Questions

What continuing education opportunities does NASPA offer?

NASPA is a continuing education provider for the following organizations:

  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Association of University and College Counseling Centers (AUCCCD)

The application process varies among organizations. In most cases, CE applicants will submit a record of sessions attended at a NASPA conference, complete an evaluation of those sessions, and receive a certificate of completion via email. For more specific information, find your credentialing organization below.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

NASPA is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP™ is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

NASPA is approved to offer clock hours for live program sessions only and is not permitted to offer credit for home study programs. No partial credit will be given. Clock hours are not to be confused with Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 10 clock hours are equivalent to 1 CEU.

What programs qualify for CE credit?

Programs must be relevant to the continuing education of professional counselors. NASPA is only authorized to offer clock hours for programs that relate directly to one of the eight topic areas found in the NBCC Continuing Education Policies and Procedures.

How do I apply?

You will need to complete a clock hour reporting form and an online evaluation for the individual sessions you attended. The form will be available onsite at the event. Credit can only be issued after the conclusion of an event. The form should be submitted onsite at the event or sent to Teri Gillmor at [email protected] no later than 4 weeks after the event. You may also fax the form to 202-330-5871. Please allow up to 4 weeks to process your request.

You must complete the online evaluation for the event in order to receive credit. A link to the evaluation will be sent to you via email after the event.

What is an NCC number?

NBCC’s primary purpose is to certify masters level, professional counselors. The basic credential is called the National Certified Counselor (NCC). You do not need an NCC number to complete the NBCC reporting form. Other designations including LPCs, LMHCs, LCPCs, and other state credentialed counselors can apply for CE credit. You do not need to list any license number(s) on the clock hour reporting form.

What should I expect after I submit my reporting form?

After you have submitted the reporting form and completed the online evaluation, you will receive an email with an official certificate of completion. This certificate will include the CE provider number and the number of approved, completed clock hours.

NCHEC National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC)

Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) must earn a total of 75 Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) every five years in order to be recertified. NASPA is approved to offer both entry and advanced level contact hours. Qualified programs must be at least one hour in length.

What programs qualify for CE credit?

Sessions, speakers, or workshops that meet entry-level (CHES) and advanced level (MCHES) Continuing Education Contact Hours will be specified in the program book for NASPA events that qualify. These programs must relate directly to one of the Areas of Responsibility and Competencies for Health Education Specialists. Poster sessions do not qualify for Continuing Education Contact Hours.

How do I apply?

You will need to complete a reporting form for each session you attend. This form includes an evaluation rubric for each session. You can complete these forms and submit onsite at the event or send to Teri Gillmor at [email protected] no later than 4 weeks after the event. Fax number: 202-330-5871. Please allow up to 4 weeks to process your request.

What should I expect after I submit my reporting form?

After you have submitted the reporting form, you will receive an email with an official certificate of completion. This certificate will include the CE provider number and the number of approved, completed entry level and/or advanced level contact hours. Hours are reported to NCHEC on a quarterly basis.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Some NASPA events may qualify for continuing education contact hours for social workers, however not all events are approved by NASW. Currently, NASPA is able to offer continuing education contact hours for the following event(s):

Continuing Education for Psychologists

The Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. AUCCCD maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

For APA continuing education hours, forms will be available during the event and the must be completed onsite at NASPA events that qualify. NASPA cannot accept any forms sent to the office after the event has concluded. Not all programs are available for APA continuing education credit. Programs which are eligible are identified within the event program book.

Grievance Procedure:

AUCCCD is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. AUCCCD will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants.

While AUCCCD and NASPA goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which come to the attention of the educational programs staff which require intervention and/or action on the part of the staff. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances.

When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken.

  1. If the grievance concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The CE Coordinator will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual.
  2. If the grievance concerns a workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the program coordinator will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the program coordinator will:
    1. attempt to move the participant to another workshop or
    2. provide a credit for a subsequent year's workshop or
    3. provide a partial or full refund of the workshop fee.

Actions 2b and 2c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes. The note need not be signed by the grieved individual.

  1. If the grievance concerns AUCCCD CE program, in a specific regard, the CE coordinator will attempt to arbitrate.

Who do I contact for any questions?

Teri Gillmor
Professional Development Assistant
111 K St. NE – 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-719-1182
Fax: 202-330-5871


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