Mandatory Continuing Education Requirement
Can I use my specialty nursing certification to fulfill the continuing education requirements to renew my license?
A nurse who is certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification is exempt from continuing education requirements.
Employers may require completion of agency/facility specific continuing education (CE). If you have questions regarding specific CE for your agency/facility, please speak with your supervisor.
Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners are required to complete 24 hours of appropriate CE during each renewal period, including two (2) hours relating to prevention of medical errors. In addition to these 24 hours of general CE, every third renewal two (2) hours of domestic violence CE must be completed for a total of 26 hours. See Rule 64B9-5, Florida Administrative Code (FAC) for more information about continuing education requirements.
It is the responsibility of each nurse to retain all copies of their Certificates of Attendance for a period of at least four years. You do have the option of enrolling in CE Broker. CE Broker offers a service for maintaining records of the courses you have taken. You can find out more information at www.cebroker.com. The board will be adopting a new approach to maintaining continuing education. See our website at http://www.ceatrenewal.com/ for more information.
You can find approved CE providers by visiting www.cebroker.com
Nurses licensed by examination, in any sate, during the current renewal period are exempt from continuing education requirements for the first renewal period, with the exception of the required 2 hour course in Prevention of Medical Errors and 1 hour course in HIV/AIDS. This exemption is lost if the license is not renewed by the renewal deadline.
I just took the Prevention of Medical Errors course to get my license. Do I have to take it again to renew it the first time?
Yes. The mandatory 2 hour continuing education course in Prevention of Medical Errors is required upon initial licensure and prior to every renewal thereafter, including the first renewal.
Most initial licenses are not valid for the full 2 years. One (1) contact hour is required for each month, or partial month, of the licensure cycle, including two (2) hours on Prevention of Medical Errors. HIV/AIDS is now a one-time, 1-hour CE requirement to be completed prior to the first renewal. Domestic Violence (DV) CE is now a 2-hour requirement for every third renewal. For example, if you renew your license on July 31, 2008 and completed DV during the 2006-2008 licensure cycle, you are required to complete the Domestic Violence CE before the July 31, 2014 renewal. Applicants who took the exam during the current renewal cycle should see the FAQ that asks “I passed the NCLEX in the last year. How many contact hours do I need to renew my license?”
All Florida-licensed LPNs, RNs, CNSs and ARNPs are now in a 24-month renewal cycle and must complete 24 hours of appropriate continuing education during each renewal period. The 24 hours must include two (2) hours on Prevention of Medical Errors. HIV/AIDS is now a one-time, 1-hour CE requirement to be completed prior to the first renewal. Domestic Violence (DV) CE is now a 2-hour requirement every third renewal. Since Domestic Violence (DV) is a 2-hour requirement, the licensee will have 26 hours of CE during the renewal period when DV is taken. For example, if you renew your license on July 31, 2008 and completed DV during the 2006-2008 licensure cycle, you are required to complete the Domestic Violence CE before the July 31, 2014 renewal.
Yes. Contact hours may be awarded for completion of credit courses in nursing at an accredited institution of higher learning. However, general education may not be used for C.E. credit. One college course that meets 3 hours a week for 15 weeks is worth 45 CE hours.
One credit hour per quarter converts to ten contact hours. One credit hour per semester converts to fifteen contact hours. In order to receive continuing education credit, retain transcripts or legible dated grade reports for four years in case you are audited.
Continuing education (CE) courses approved by a state or national nursing organization empowered to accredit CE standards can be used, with the exception of HIV/AIDS and Domestic Violence courses, which must be from a Florida-approved provider.
I have earned over 26 hours of continuing education units (CEUs). Can I carry the balance over to the next renewal period?
No, all CEUs must be earned within your renewal period and cannot be carried over to the next biennium. Also, CEs taken prior to the issuance of a permanent license cannot be counted towards renewal requirements.
I have received my renewal notice and have not completed all of my required contact hours. Can I mail my renewal in and complete my hours later?
No. Nurses must complete CE requirements within the appropriate biennium. By sending in your renewal and fee you are affirming that you have complied with all licensure renewal requirements.
The Board imposes no limit on the number of contact hours earned through Home Study.
Only ARNP’s may earn CME. ARNPs may use CME for up to half of the mandatory CE requirements.
Please visit www.CEBroker.com for the application to become a CE provider.
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.
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 the practitioner’s continuing education records are not complete, they will be prompted to enter their remaining continuing education hours before proceeding with their license renewal. If the practitioner does not have the hours to report, the license will move to a delinquent status at expiration. In order to renew a delinquent license , the practitioner will be required to complete the continuing education requirements. Additional fees may apply.
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.
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.