FAQ

The Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance will verify a practitioner’s continuing education record in the electronic tracking system at the time of renewal. Practitioners will be able to view their course history in the continuing education tracking system free of charge. The course history will show all the courses that have been reported for the practitioner.

If your CE records are complete, you can renew your license without iterruption.

If your CE records are not complete, you will be prompted to enter your remaining CE hours before proceeding with license renewal.

CE@Renewal

Why is continuing education being verified at renewal?

Continuing Education is a requirement to renew a professional license. Section 456.025(7), F.S. requires the Department to implement an electronic continuing education tracking system for each biennial renewal cycle and to integrate such system into the licensure and renewal system. The two systems are now integrated.

Can I create an account in the tracking system prior to being licensed?
No, you will not be able to create an account until you receive a license number from the Department of Health. Students need to be aware of this change in our license renewal process and begin reporting continuing education into the tracking system once they are licensed.
What will happen if I do not have the required continuing education for renewal?

The project will be implemented in two phases. The first phase (optional phase) will prompt practitioner’s to input required continuing education hours, but will not prevent licensure renewal. The second phase (mandatory) will require reporting of all required continuing education hours in order to proceed with license renewal. Below is a chart identifying the optional phase and first mandatory phase for each Profession.


PROFESSION

FIRST OPTIONAL REPORTING CYCLE

FIRST MANDATORY REPORTING CYCLE

Respiratory Care

6/1/11 - 5/31/13

6/1/13 - 5/31/15

Dietetic Nutrition

6/1/11 - 5/31/13

6/1/13 - 5/31/15

Nutrition Counselors

6/1/11 - 5/31/13

6/1/13 - 5/31/15

Licensed Practical Nurse

8/1/11 - 7/31/13

8/1/13 - 7/31/15

Massage Therapist

9/1/11 - 8/31/13

9/1/13 - 8/31/15

Pharmacist

10/1/11 - 9/30/13

10/1/13 - 9/30/15

Prosthetist Orthotist

12/1/11 - 11/30/13

12/1/13 - 11/30/15

School Psychologist

12/1/11 - 11/30/13

12/1/13 - 11/30/15

Physical Therapist

12/1/11 - 11/30/13

12/1/13 - 11/30/15

Physical Therapist Assistant

12/1/11 - 11/30/13

12/1/13 - 11/30/15

Speech Language Audiology

1/1/12 - 12/31/13

1/1/14 - 12/31/15

Midwifery

1/1/12 - 12/31/13

1/1/14 - 12/31/15

Medical Doctors

Expiring 1/31 even year

2/1/12 - 1/31/14

2/1/14 - 1/31/16

Physician Assistants

2/1/12 - 1/31/14

2/1/14 - 1/31/16

Dentistry

3/1/12 - 2/28/14

3/1/14 - 2/28/16

Nuclear Pharmacist

3/1/12 - 2/28/14

3/1/14 - 2/28/16

Acupuncture

3/1/12 - 2/28/14

3/1/14 - 2/28/16

Chiropractic Physicians

4/1/12 - 3/31/14

4/1/14 - 3/31/16

Osteopathic Physicians

4/1/12 - 3/31/14

4/1/14 - 3/31/16

Podiatric Physicians

4/1/12 - 3/31/14

4/1/14 - 3/31/16

Registered Nurse

Expiring 4/30 even year

5/1/12 - 4/30/14

5/1/14 - 4/30/16

Psychologist

6/1/12 - 5/31/14

6/1/14 - 5/31/16

Electrologist

6/1/12 - 5/31/14

6/1/14 - 5/31/16

Registered Nurse

Expiring 7/31 even year

8/1/12 - 7/31/14

8/1/14 - 7/31/16

Clinical Lab Personnel

9/1/12 - 8/31/14

9/1/14 - 8/31/16

Nursing Home Administrator

10/1/12 - 9/30/14

10/1/14 - 9/30/16

Athletic Trainer

10/1/12 - 9/30/14

10/1/14 - 9/30/16

Naturopathic Physician

10/1/12 - 9/30/14

10/1/14 - 9/30/16

Optician

1/1/13 - 12/31/14

1/1/15 - 12/31/16

Consultant Pharmacist

1/1/13 - 12/31/14

1/1/15 - 12/31/16

Registered Pharmacy Tech

1/1/13 - 12/31/14

1/1/15 - 12/31/16

Medical Doctors

Expiring 1/31 odd year

2/1/13 - 1/31/15

2/1/15 - 1/31/17

Anesthesiologist Assistant

2/1/13 - 1/31/15

2/1/15 - 1/31/17

Med Physicist

2/1/13 - 1/31/15

2/1/15 - 1/31/17

Optometrist

3/1/13 - 2/28/15

3/1/15 - 2/28/17

Hearing Aid Specialists

3/1/13 - 2/28/15

3/1/15 - 2/28/17

Occupational Therapy

3/1/13 - 2/28/15

3/1/15 - 2/28/17

Lic. Clinical Social Worker

4/1/13 - 3/31/15

4/1/15 - 3/31/17

Lic. Marriage/Family Therapist

4/1/13 - 3/31/15

4/1/15 - 3/31/17

Lic. Mental Health Counselor

4/1/13 - 3/31/15

4/1/15 - 3/31/17

Cert Master Social Worker

4/1/13 - 3/31/15

4/1/15 - 3/31/17

Registered Nurse

Expiring 4/30 odd year

5/1/13 - 4/30/15

5/1/15 - 4/30/17


During the mandatory phase you will not be able to renew a license without having your continuing education hours reported into the continuing education tracking system. If you do not have the hours to report, your license will move to a delinquent status at expiration. In order to renew a delinquent license you will be required to complete the continuing education requirements. Additional fees may apply.

The Electronic Tracking System

Do I have to wait until license renewal to report my continuing education credits to the electronic tracking system?
No, you can report your hours free of charge anytime during the biennium by registering for the Free Basic Account. The Department encourages you to report early to avoid a delay in the license renewal process. For more information please visit www.CEatRenewal.com. Please note, if you take a course from a Florida Board approved Provider they are required to report on your behalf. If you take a course from a National organization it is your responsibility to report completion. There may be other ways for you to obtain credit towards continuing education required for license renewal. For specific approved methods of obtaining continuing education for your profession please review the Board rules by visiting www.flhealthsource.com.
Do I have to subscribe to the electronic tracking system?
No, subscriptions remain optional. There are a number of services you can receive by subscribing, however, it is optional. You do however need to report your hours. You can always search for courses, report your hours, and view your course history free of charge by creating a Free Basic Account.
Is the 7 day free trial advertised on CEBroker’s homepage the same as the Free Basic Account?
No, the 7 day free trial is a trial period for the paid subscription service to determine if you would like to subscribe. The Free Basic Account is a free account and does not require you to give credit card information. This account allows you to view your course history and report CE hours free of charge during the two year biennium. To create a Free Basic Account you can login to your MQA Services account using your user id and password at www.flhealthsource.com or you can visit www.CEatRenewal.com and choose option 2.
If I create a free basic account and enter all of my hours, will the system tell me if I have met the continuing education requirements for my Profession?
If you are using the Basic Free Account it will be your responsibility to know the continuing education requirements for your Profession and calculate your compliance using the data listed on your course history. If you enter your hours prior to renewal in a basic account the system will not generate a compliance status, however, the system will check compliance during your renewal period using the basic account. You will receive a complete or incomplete message at the time of renewal. Profession specific information and copies of the Board rules can be found at www.flhealthsource.com.
What is the difference between viewing my course history using the basic free account or subscribing to the continuing education tracking system?
With a free Basic Account you can view your basic course history, which will list the course name, educational provider name, date of completion and hours reported. It would then be up to you to determine whether all of the courses that have been reported will complete all of your specific continuing education requirements. You can also self-report any continuing education that may be missing. A Professional Account (paid subscription) provides you with all of the tracking tools that CE Broker offers. Your transcript will display what your specific CE requirements are and will calculate what requirements have been met and what may still be outstanding. A Professional Account is a subscription service and is not a requirement but it can be a useful tool in managing your Florida continuing education requirements should you chose to subscribe.

Reporting

How will I know what has been reported?
You are be able to view your course history in the tracking system free of charge. Your course history will show all the courses that have been reported, the completion date and the total number of hours. You can create your basic account or professional account at www.CEatRenewal.com.
Do I have to report my continuing education completion into the tracking system or will the Provider report on my behalf?
If you take a course from a Florida approved continuing education provider, the provider is responsible for reporting your course completion. If you take your course from a National organization you will be required to self-report into the tracking system.
How long does a Florida approved Provider have to report my continuing education completion into the tracking system?
Pursuant to Rule 64B – 5.002, F.A.C Providers are allowed up to 90 days to report. However, during the renewal period this process is modified to allow licensees to self report courses taken from a Florida approved Provider to avoid a delay in license renewal.
Where do I go to report my hours?
You can report your hours by logging into MQA Services using your user id and password at www.flhealthsource.com or you can visit www.CEatRenewal.com. Both sites will direct you to the tracking system to create a free basic account.