The accreditation basics include the following:


1.    Accreditation Period

The initial accreditation period for new learning activities (Live, Independent Study, Blended, and Regularly Scheduled Series) is one year.   The accreditation period for a Conference is the date(s) of the conference.  

2.    Accreditation Renewal and Extension

Learning activity accreditation (excluding conferences and regularly scheduled series) may be renewed up to two times, each for a one year period.

Following the second renewal, an application for Extension may be submitted.

If extension is approved, which is also for a one year period, two additional renewal periods will then be allowed.

Essentially, a learning activity may last for a total of 6 years in total, provided no major (greater than 10% of the content) updates are required. 

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The CCCEP Accreditation Number has five sections:

  1. Program provider number

  2. Year submitted

  3. Automatically generated sequential number

  4. Delivery Mode (L = Live, I = Independent Study, B = Blended, C = Conference, R = Regularly Scheduled Series)

  5. Target Audience (P = Pharmacist, T = Technician, Z = Pharmacists and Technicians)

#### #### #### Letter P, T or Z
Provider Number Year Sequential Number Delivery Mode Target Audience


Example: 1092-2020-1356-L-P – was submitted by provider number 1092 in 2020 and is a live learning activity for pharmacists.  The sequential number (1356) means it is the 1356th activity to be submitted.


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One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is equivalent to one contact hour (60 minutes).
A minimum of one-quarter CEU (15 minutes) is required for accreditation.

The total number of CEUs of a learning activity:

  • Include the contact hours of a live learning activity or the estimated contact hours to complete an independent study activity;
  • Include the time for the learner to complete the learner assessment;
  • Exclude breaks and non-educational activities greater than 5 minutes in a live learning activity.

The estimated contact hours for independent study activities may be determined by one, or a combination of, the following:

  • The time-to-complete the learning activity by a CCCEP Learning Review Panel.
  • The Mergener formula (for journal articles and similar activities).
  • The time to complete a verified pilot test of the learning activity with a group representative of the target audience.
  • Other verifiable process that is approved in advance by the Executive Director.

To learn more about the Mergener formula, go to the Mergener formula page.

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