The Sponsor shall provide appropriate continuing education activities that meet the following requirements:
- The educational content should follow the stated objectives of the continuing education activity.
- The continuing education activity should be of sufficient duration to achieve the stated educational objectives.
- The content of the continuing education activity should be designed to explore one subject or a group of closely related subjects. If the activity involves multiple components, such as in a lecture series, all segments should be devoted to integrally related subjects.
- The audiovisual aids and supportive materials should be current, suitable and appropriate.
- The method of delivery should allow for and encourage active involvement on the part of the participant, feedback, and reinforcement of the learned knowledge or skill.
- The Sponsor shall verify that members of the teaching staff of all continuing education activities are qualified (credentials, training, experience and expertise in the subject matter to be presented). All instructors should demonstrate high ethical standards of professional conduct and be sensitive to RID members’ individual differences with regard to age, gender, socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation.
- The Sponsor shall formulate plans for advanced continuing education activities suitable for certified interpreters.
B. Administration of Sponsor-Initiated Activities
Sponsors must complete a Continuing Education Activity Plan (see Appendix B) and submit this activity through their sponsor account at www.myaccount.rid.org prior to the start of the activity. It is strongly suggested, but not required, that the a Continuing Education Activity Plan be submitted 30 days in advance to allow individuals an opportunity to search for activities in advance. The following information is required on the Plan:
- Target Audience: The Sponsor shall define the target audience for each continuing education activity. In planning the activity, Sponsors should assess the needs of the target audience. The target audience should be clearly specified in all promotional outreach, media, and materials.
- Educational Objectives: The Sponsor shall specify the observable, measurable educational objectives of each continuing education activity. These objectives must be published in promotional outreach, media, and materials announcing the activity.
- Content Knowledge Level: The content knowledge level is related to participant’s familiarity with the topic, regardless of their interpreting skill or experience. The content knowledge level should be classified according to the following definitions.
3.1 Little/NO: This level assumes little or no information on the part of the participant within the topic area. The focus of the activity is a general orientation and increase of understanding. This category also includes activities that assume the audience to have diverse levels of knowledge due to the nature of the event. For example, professional issue forum, conference, discussion group, etc.
3.2 Some: This level assumes the participant has some familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the topic covered. The general focus of the activity is to increase understanding and application of the participant.
3.3 Extensive: This level assumes the participant has extensive familiarity with current literature and professional practice within the topic covered. The focus of the activity is upon recent advances, future directions and applications of research.
3.4 Teaching: This level assumes the participant to be educators of interpreters. At this instructional level, the content of the CEU activity will focus on acquisition of current pedagogical techniques for the preparation of interpreters/transliterators.
The Sponsor shall specify the content knowledge level of each activity in all promotional media, outreach or material efforts.
- Content Area: The sponsor shall specify the Content Area of each Activity in all promotional media, outreach and materials. The Content Areas should be specified as Professional Studies or General Studies. These areas are described in detail in Section III.
C. Co-Sponsorship with another Organization
- If a Sponsor collaborates with an entity not approved by RID for the purpose of providing a specific event, it shall be the responsibility of the Sponsor to assure the educational programs meet the CMP/ACET requirements. (See Section VI. A).
- The Sponsor Administrator or designated representative, shall have direct and significant involvement in the planning, conducting and evaluating of all co-sponsored continuing education activities.
- All promotional media, outreach and materials for co-sponsored continuing education activities must indicate the name of the Sponsor.
- If two or more Sponsors join in offering continuing education activities, the administrative responsibility for compliance with the requirements shall be held by one of the Sponsors, agreed upon by both parties, prior to submission of the Activity Plan and all materials should identify the responsible Sponsor.
D. Promotion of Continuing Education Activities
To provide a reliable basis for participants to select continuing education activities that meet their personal learning objectives, all promotional media, outreach and material for activities offering RID CEUs are required to have six types of information:
- The RID CMP and ACET logo. Copies of the logos will be provided for the RID Sponsor and may be reduced or enlarged to fit the design of the promotional materials.
- The following paragraph: [RID Sponsor] is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This [Content Area] program is offered for [#] CEUs at the [Knowledge Level] Content Knowledge Level.
- Information on the educational objectives of the activity. This information may take a variety of formats and depth of detail.
- Information on the refund and cancellation policy of the Sponsor. It is acceptable to print a link or Internet address identifying contact information, applicable registration policies, and all other registration information rather than the entire policy.
- The target audience, as described in the Continuing Education Activity Plan.
- A statement soliciting requests for reasonable accommodations from potential participants.
- A statement identifying the policies on non-discrimination and promoting an environment mutual respect and free from bias.
In conformance with local, state, provincial and federal statutes regarding disabilities, activities and facilities shall be accessible to all individuals. Promotional media, outreach or materials as well as complete continuing education activities provided through the Internet or via a distance must comply with access guidelines identified through Section 508, of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act.
F. Refund and Cancellation Policies
The Sponsor shall have on record the policies and procedures for refund in the event of cancellation by the registrant. The Sponsor shall publish this policy in all promotional media, outreach and materials; or provide a link/web address that outlines the full policies.
G. Continuing Education Units for Sponsor Initiated Activities
- CEUs for Traditional Activities: One (1) CEU is equal to 10 contact hours of direct instruction. Each contact hour will be equivalent to 0.1 CEU. The number of CEUs must be noted on the Continuing Education Activity Plan, and the activity can but is not required to be submitted 30 days in advance to allow individuals an opportunity to search for activities in advance. For Sponsors hosting regional and/or national conferences, additional information on calculating CEUs is in the Sponsor Handbook
- CEUs for Non-traditional Activities: The method of assigning credits shall be described in the activity plan. Reading, watching videos, immersion, observing interpretations, mentoring are all examples of activities that do not earn one to one credit. These are nontraditional activities that are typically weighted at two to one or three to one (hours to credit). In activities where the method of educational delivery does not lend itself to easy translation of one CEU for 10 contact hours, the Sponsor should contact the PDC or RID Headquarters to evaluate and determine the number of CEUs assigned. The number of CEUs must be noted on the Continuing Education Activity Plan, and the activity can but is not required to be submitted 30 days in advance to allow individuals an opportunity to search for activities in advance.
- CEUs for Teaching: Instructors/presenters wishing to earn General Studies CEUs may do so by checking the appropriate box on the Activity Report Form. CEUs will be awarded only once during the cycle for each activity presented.
- CEUs for Course Development: Teachers wishing to gain Professional Studies CEUs for the preparation and development of classes/workshops may contact a Sponsor to complete an Independent Study Plan.
H. Requirements in the Awarding of CEUs to Participants
- The Sponsor, as is reasonable, shall verify participant attendance and completion of all course materials and requirements of each Continuing Education Activities.
- The Sponsor shall conduct an evaluation of the activity which will be kept on file until called upon for auditing purposes by the PDC.
- RID shall not award CEUs retroactively. If an Activity Plan was not submitted prior to the activity, no CEUs may be awarded.
- Sponsors are responsible for upholding the integrity of the CMP/ACET system. It is not recommended, but the Sponsor may assign variable credit to participants who do not attend an entire activity based on the following guidelines:
4.1 No credit shall be assigned for a participant who attends less than half of a continuing education activity (the critical objectives of the course have not been met);
4.2 One half (½) credit may be assigned to participants who attend at least one half but not more than three quarters of a continuing education activity;
4.3 Three quarters (3/4) credit may be assigned to participants who attend at least three-quarters of a continuing education activity, but are not in attendance for the entire activity.
4.4 If the Sponsor determines that less than full attendance renders the activity without value as a learning experience, they may recommend that no CEUs be awarded.
4.5 Sponsors should verify with program providers whether partial attendance is conducive to achieving critical educational objectives.
The Sponsor may charge participants for the administration of the CEUs the Sponsor processes. This fee may only be assessed one time and be equitable fees justified for administering the specific continuing education activity.