Policy for Extending End Dates of a Unit of CPE
The current situation of COVID-19 impacting CPE units may require flexibility from the ACPE Certified Educator. The Accreditation Commission reminds everyone of the following which are part of standard practice:
Extending the End Date of a Unit of CPE
The establishment of the end date of a unit is at the discretion of the center and the educator. When necessary, the educator may extend the end date of the unit to enable the group to meet the required number of hours for the unit of CPE.
To extend the end date of a unit for the whole group, the educator will input a new end date upon their registration of the unit in the ACPE database. No external approval to do this is needed, however this extension should be documented in the center’s accreditation portfolio.
Extending the End Date of a Unit of CPE for an Individual Student
While the integration of educational and clinical hours is a hallmark of a unit of CPE, there are situations that may arise where an individual student needs additional time to complete the requirements of the unit.
In this situation, the ACPE Certified Educator may make individual arrangements with the student to complete the unit requirements within the 21-day period in which educators must register units and complete the final evaluation process. This extension should be documented in the center’s accreditation portfolio.