FAQs for Course Sponsors

  1. I want to sponsor a continuing education course to provide CRCE® for respiratory therapists. What do I do?

    You can find all of the information necessary to apply for CRCE® as a course sponsor on the AARC’s CRCE® Application Overview page.

  2. What are my responsibilities as a course sponsor after the event is over?

    After the event is complete, the course sponsor is responsible for reporting attendance to the AARC so that the participants’ credits are entered into the AARC transcript. The course sponsor is also responsible for retaining all course documents, including the course rosters and the course evaluations, for a minimum of five (5) years.

  3. How long does CRCE® approval last?

    The course approval is typically good for one (1) calendar year from the first event date. The course sponsor can elect to apply for a two (2) year accreditation for non-traditional events.

  4. What is the difference between a traditional and a non-traditional course?

    Traditional courses, also called “live courses,” are courses that require the learner and provider to interact in real time. They need not be in the same place, but they must be able to communicate either verbally or in writing with each other during the time the learning activity is occurring. Examples of traditional courses offered by the AARC include live webcasts and live conferences. Non-traditional courses, also called independent study courses, are conducted by the learner at his or her own pace. The instructor does not interact with the learner in real time. Examples of non-traditional courses include archived webcasts, text-based courses, and online courses that do not include real-time interaction with the content expert/instructor.

  5. Can I get my department’s quarterly in services or the annual competency event/blitz day approved for CRCE®?

    No. Continuing education programs consist of learning experiences designed to strengthen and expand the knowledge and skills of respiratory therapists involved in respiratory therapy practice, education, administration and research. Inservice education for activities that fulfill assigned general responsibilities specific to the expectations of employers will not be approved for CRCE® contact hours. Sessions covering general institutional policies and procedures and orientation to the facility are examples of these activities. Other examples include annual competency evaluations, equipment “blitz” days, and review activities that are designed to document competency of procedures performed by the respiratory therapist. Inservice education activities, while important to the quality of the care delivered by the respiratory therapist, do not qualify for CRCE® accreditation.

  6. Does the AARC ever audit CRCE® courses?

    In an ongoing quality improvement effort and to meet industry standards, the AARC educational team annually audits 1% of all CRCE® approved courses. The process was designed to allow the AARC to evaluate the record-keeping quality of approved programs. The audit requires that selected programs to demonstrate that they have accurate attendance documentation and that post-course evaluations are provided to participants. The course sponsors provide electronic (scanned) copies of the actual sign-in rosters and post-course evaluations completed by participants at the event. Audited programs are identified in December of the audit year and will have until the end of the next month (January) to comply.

  7. What qualifies a person to speak at a CRCE® event?

    Qualified presenters/authors are those who are credentialed and/or hold a professional license that defines the scope of practice encompassing the topic being presented. Persons without a valid credential or license are not qualified for CRCE® approval. Exceptions are made for those persons for whom exceptional expertise can be provided and aligned with the program objectives.

  8. How much does the CRCE® application cost?

    There is a fee for reviewing applications and maintaining records of programs. Fees will vary depending on the course type (Traditional or Non-traditional) and the number of contact hours required. Fees may be paid with a credit card or check. For more information, see CRCE fee schedule.

  9. How do I get a receipt for my CRCE® application?

    Your receipt or invoice can be found in the Application Service Center of your course. For more information, see obtaining a receipt or invoice.

  10. How do I report attendance?

    You will report the attendance in the Application Service Center of your course. For more information, see reporting attendance instructions.