|Ways to Meet Continuing Education Requirements|
NAPS has identified a number of education and training venues that CPC and CTS holders can use to meet their re-certification requirements. Following you find brief descriptions of the various activities you may wish to pursue:
Regional, State and Local Association Conferences and Meetings
Not only do your regional, state and local association conferences and meetings give you the opportunity to network with professional peers, you can also achieve credit toward certificate maintenance. Only those NAPS Associations Alliance Partners will be able to count towards CEU's.
Independent Trainers and Training Organizations
It has become industry standard to receive outside training from professional consultants and trainers. NAPS is prepared to review the curriculum of these independent trainers and approve them for continuing education. If the programs and methods meet NAPS standards, the trainer or training organization will be designated an "approved NAPS continuing education provider," which allows the trainer to award credit toward certificate maintenance. The trainer is responsible for issuing a letter or certificate indicating the number of credits being awarded. Applications to become independent trainers / training organizations can be downloaded or obtained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certified individuals working for member or non-member firms may apply professional education experiences offered by their employer to the certification maintenance requirement as long as the purpose of the education or training is to foster the professional development of the CPC or CTS certificate holder.
Professional Reading and Personal Study
NAPS encourages any professional reading and personal study that will have a positive impact on the professional development of certificate holders, but does not maintain a list of approved books, CDs or related materials. Our position is that the individual should select professional development resources that will best serve her/his needs.
Basically, NAPS allows you to submit the actual "seat time" it takes to read a book or listen to a CD or audiotape. In the case of books, the typical professional or business-related reading experience is awarded 5 contact hours which should be inserted in the continuing education log prior to submission. CD and audiotape credit is measured in the length of the education experience. A 2 hour CD or tape, for example, would have a value of two hours.
Any CPC or CTS can also obtain continuing education credit for the professional reading presented in articles in each bimonthly edition of The NAPS Credential. Reading the full report or article associated with those postings marked with an asterisk will result in one contact hour for each edition.
Other Programs of Study
All continuing education contact hours must be
recorded on the NAPS Continuing Education Log Sheet found HERE or recorded electronically and
submitted at NRCSIP. Those using the U.S. Postal Service to submit their log should direct it, along with
the $27 annual payment, to: NAPS,78 Dawson Village Way , Suite 410-201, Dawsonville,
GA 30534. Telephone: 844-NAPS-360. Questions about how to use the electronic
continuing education reporting tool should be directed to Carolyn Boyer at email@example.com
Since your log may be selected for audit purposes, hold on to all certificates and other back up materials.