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Continuing Education Accepted for AE-C Until Aug. 31

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July 7, 2014

The National Asthma Education Certification Board (NAECB) announced a major change to its recertification process for the Asthma Educator-Certified (AE-C) credential in 2013 and has just extended the deadline to Aug. 31, 2014.

In addition to recertifiying by examination, those with the AE-C may now recertify by earning 35 continuing education units in asthma-related content. The continuing education option is open to those who hold the credential now and to those whose credentials have expired or are about to expire.

Please note, however, that the final deadline to recertify via continuing education is available to currently expired certificants only through Aug. 31, 2014. After that date, those with expired credentials will be required to recertify by examination.

“The addition of this new recertification option is very promising,” says AARC Associate Executive Director of Education Shawna Strickland, PhD, RRT-NPS, AE-C, FAARC, particularly given the ease with which AARC members can earn much of the continuing education needed for recertification. “The AARC has 31.5 CRCE credits available on our website right now that qualify for the NAECB recertification program,” she emphasizes. These credits are available in the asthma channel in the AARC University.

AE-C certificants who recertify via continuing education will have their credentials renewed for five years. Those who opt for the examination route will have their credentials renewed for seven years.

Strickland says the AARC is pleased to see these positive changes for those who hold or want to earn the AE-C. “We’re happy that the NAECB recognizes the dedication displayed by asthma educators as they seek to learn more through continuing education.”