FAQs for Continuing Professional Education

Why a continuing education requirement?
Continuing professional development allows us to hone our skills, gain additional knowledge in our area(s) of specialty, branch out into new specializations, uncover gaps in our skills and capabilities, demonstrate our commitment to professional growth, strengthen our critical inquiry, and stay current with new technologies, business practices, and the latest developments in our field.

What counts as CPE credit?
The time you spend learning or refining your genealogy or business skills counts hour for hour, whether in person or virtually and in any format. Choose the method that suits you best.

What should I learn?
The answer to that lies within you. Choose what you need. You may need to improve your business practices, writing skills, or genealogical knowledge. Our field can use information from a variety of disciplines such as history, geography, mapping, social history, archival studies, librarianship, languages, or writing. We may also add to our professionalism with topics such as time management, public speaking, new technologies, and many others.

Does instruction that leads to a certificate of completion count more?
For the purposes of meeting the CPE hours, one type of learning does not count for more than any other. As you evaluate the advances you are making you will make the final determination of the ultimate value of a particular course, seminar, retreat, etc. Each hour spent improving your skills counts as an hour regardless of which manner is used.

What if I am teaching a course or writing a book or article?
Congratulations on your commitment to our field and thank you for your efforts. It is understood that you will be investing much more than twelve (12) hours in gaining new knowledge and honing your skills. It will help us to know how much time you actually spend on continuing education, so please turn those hours in.

Will the hours that I complete this year carry over to next year?
No. Developments in the genealogy field are constantly changing, so education is required each year.

Why is the requirement only twelve (12) hours?
We know you spend many more hours learning new records and improving your craft, but we want everyone to become aware of the efforts that genealogists put into continuing education. Twelve hours is the minimum, but feel free to include all that you invest.

Should I keep a record of my CPE hours?
It is recommended that you document your Continuing Professional Education in your own files for a period of three (3) years or longer. Should questions arise later this may come in handy. Reviewing what you have completed may help with your self-evaluation to determine what would be most beneficial to your future growth. On occasion the Professional Review Committee has recommended remediation in certain areas when a problem arises.

How do I report my Continuing Professional Education hours?
There will be a form to complete. We do not need copies of certificates, invoices, or other proof of your completed hours.