Will I receive notification my approved status is about to end?
A message will appear in your Communication Center informing you of upcoming expiration dates. All users on the account will also receive an email reminder.
Will the attachments I submit electronically be viewed by the public?
No. Attachments are routed directly to the respective Board.
How will the Board contact us if they need more information concerning our application?
The Board will send an electronic message to your organization's Primary Contact. This request will be sent to the Primary Contact's CE Broker Message Box e-mail address as well.
Is there a fee to become a CE Provider?
The fee to become a District of Columbia educational provider is $35. You may apply to all applicable other available Boards as well.
How long does an educational provider remain approved?
Your District of Columbia Board providership will be approved for a period of one year from the approval date.
When can I renew with a Board?
Generally, you may renew within 120 days of the next biennium. You will want to renew prior to your approved provider expiration date to avoid having to re-submit the initial application.
Educational providers are required to designate a Primary Contact. The same
Primary Contact will represent your company with each Board to which you apply.
What are the responsibilities of the primary contact? The CE
Broker Primary Contact may allow others within your organization to access CE
Broker. The CE Broker Primary Contact may add additional System Users, create
Secure Access Groups, and then assign Users to these Secure Access Groups.
The Board Primary Contact is responsible to the Board for ensuring their company
complies with all applicable rules, guidelines, and procedures.
How can we change our primary contact? To change the person who
represents your company as Primary Contact, simply access the organizational
profile and make the necessary change. Each Board for which your company is an
Approved Educational provider (or has an application pending) will receive
notification of your change.
How many people in my organization may have access to the system?
Each educational provider has one CE Broker Primary Contact and as many System Users as desired.
Secure Access Groups provide a method to manage the ways a System User may view or modify the data contained in their organization`s portion of CE Broker. A User only has the system rights granted for the Secure Access Group to which he or she is assigned.
When a Licensee has a question concerning my organization, one of our courses, or the posting of hours on a
course he/she completed, to whom is the message routed?
You can route each type of message to different people within your organization, if you wish. To view the routing setup click the View Routing Set-up link from your welcome page.
What payment methods does CE Broker accept?
CE Broker accepts Visa and MasterCard. In addition to credit cards, CE Broker also accepts checks and e-checks.
Is my application fee refundable?
The appropiate application fee will be charged for each Regulatory Board. This fee is non-refundable regardless of the approval or non-approval of the application.
How does CE Broker know who is licensed?
CE Broker is integrated with the Department of Health licensing system. The weekly integration means CE Broker knows within one week that a new licensee has been added or that a current license has been updated.
Does CE Broker calculate whether continuing education license renewal requirements are met?
CE Broker posts qualifying course completion credit reported to the records of licensees. Based on the hours reported, and the continuing education requirements established by the Board, CE Broker calculates whether continuing education renewal requirements are met dynamically for each professional license. The Department`s licensing system can, at any time, retrieve a simple "yes" or "no" determination or extract the entire continuing education history from CE Broker.
Can my company view whether a licensee's continuing education renewal requirements have been met?
Yes. As an employer you may also view your employee's continuing education transcript and chronological course history by registering for Employer Services. For more details contact the CE Broker Helpdesk 877-434-6323.
Can I mail in a paper application?
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No. CE Broker streamlines continuing education processes. Integrated within CE Broker are electronic workflows enabling 100% paperless processing among educational providers, Regulating Boards, and the Department of Health. Educational providers are requested to apply online with CE Broker.
If there are videos or other supplemental documents you can not submit online, an address is provided for mailing of the supplemental materials.
Does each of my courses need to be on the system?
Course completion credit may only be submitted for courses in the system. Courses that have been successfully added to the CE Broker system will have been accepted by the applicable Regulatory Boards. The course detail determines the number of continuing education renewal hours and the profession to which the course will apply.
How long does it take to get a course accepted?
Depending on the Regulatory Board, the acceptance may be immediate, following a quarterly Board meeting, or any time in the interim.
How far in advance do I need to enter my course in CE Broker?
The Board recommends submitting courses 90 days in advance.
Our courses are provided both online and in a classroom setting. How can we register both delivery methods?
If your course is provided via two different delivery methods, the course will need to be added to the system twice. For each course addition, you will need to assign one course type and delivery method. The same title can be used for both courses but the Course Tracking # assigned to each will be unique.
Can I change a course once I`ve submitted the course?
While a course is pending acceptance by a Regulating Board, you may edit the course name, course description, renewal hours and professions. Once accepted, only the description field may be edited.
When will I hear from the Board about my Course application?
The Board's decision on your application may be instantaneous, take months, or occur anytime in the interim. If your application is deficient in any way and more information is required, you'll receive a Request for Additional Information from the Board within 30 days .Once the application is deemed complete (all information has been received and deficiencies remedied), you may expect a decision from the Board within 90 days. Note: If you receive a Request for Additional Information, be sure to respond in full as this will most likely be your only opportunity to make this submission complete. Once a decision is made, you will receive a message in your Communication Center as well as an email notification.
Who will receive notification of course approvals?
Once a course is accepted by a Board, the user who submitted the Course Addition will receive a message in their Communication Center on the CE Broker website and a standard e-mail notifying him/her the course has been accepted by the Board.
How do I know if a Board has requested additional information from me concerning a course?
Should a Board require additional information, a message will be sent to the user who submitted the Course Addition. The request will be sent to the user's CE Broker Message Box and to the user's e-mail address.
Do I enter a course for each Board even though it is the same course?
No. You will only need to enter the information for each course once. You may then apply to multiple Boards with the one course submission. CE Broker electronically routes your course information (including file attachments) to all applicable Boards and does not make any eligibility determinations.
What if all the information I need to submit for course acceptance is not available in electronic format?
The file attachment process allows all documents to be transferred electronically through CE Broker, eliminating the time needed for mail delivery.
What does in-house mean?
In-House means the course is only available to your organization's employees. If you are an in-house educational provider, the in-house box located on your Organization's Profile needs to have a checkmark. In-House courses will not be published in the general search results for licensees at large. Professionals will only see this course listing if they have indicated that the educational provider is also their employer on their CE Broker profile. When they search for courses they must select In-house and your organization's name in the criteria of their search.
We now offer a course online that we previously held in a classroom. How can we change the
Instead of changing the delivery method, you will need to add a new course. And for each course addition, you will need to assign a different course type and delivery method. The same title can be used for both courses but the Course Tracking # assigned to each will be unique. If you will no longer offer the classroom version, then set that course to inactive status.
How long does a course remain accepted?
The course will remain active as long as you are an approved educational provider.
My course is now worth more (or less) hours than originally submitted. How do I update?
To change the hours of a course already accepted by any Board, inactivate the course and add a new course with the corrected amount of hours.
We are no longer going to offer a course. How do we delete it from the system?
To remove a course from the listing of those available, change its status to inactive by clicking the active check box and removing the checkmark. A course is never really deleted from the system. For archival purposes, all courses are retained via their course tracking number and status.
You may reactivate a course and bring it back from inactive.
Who notifies licensees if a course has changed in any way?
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Notification of course changes to licensees will continue to be the responsibility of the educational provider.
What is a publishing?
Publishings are how rosters are associated to courses. Live courses are published for each date, time, and location. Anytime courses are published once. The publishings are how rosters are categorized.
Why publish a course?
There are two reasons to publish a course. First, publishings categorize rosters and make them easily searchable. Second, publishing allows licensees to search for courses by date, time, and location.
How many times can I publish a course?
"Anytime" courses only need to be published one time. Publish "live" courses as many times as you are offering the course.
Will I be prevented from publishing a course that has not been approved?
Yes. If a course requires approval, the system will not allow it to be published until the course is accepted by the Board.
The dates for a course I want to publish extend beyond my current educational provider eligibility time span.
What do I do?
If the dates for the course extend beyond the current educational provider eligibility time span, the date displayed to the licensees will reflect the following message "pending renewal for this period". Renewing with the Board may be performed online. Depending on the Board, there may be a cost to renew as an educational provider.
How can we change the date on a publishing?
The Date(s), Day of the Week, and Time may not be modified. If a rescheduling has occurred, set this published course to inactive and republish the course with the new information.
How can we change the location of a publishing?
Click "Information Update / Additions" on the menu bar and then select "Published Courses" in the dropdown menu, or click the link from your welcome page to View Existing Course Publishings. You will have a number of search alternatives available to locate your published courses. After locating the course publication in question, click on the date to view the detail and update the location. The location must be entered on your account before you can add it to a course publication.
What happens to publishings when I inactivate a location?
If the publishing is active, the system will not allow you to set the location to inactive. To set the location to inactive, first set all course publishings using the location to inactive.
How can I delete a location? How soon does the deletion take effect?
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A location is never really deleted from the system. For archival purposes, all locations are retained via their location tracking number. To inactivate a location from the listing of available locations, change the location's status to inactive by clicking the active check box to remove the checkmark.
Completed Course Credit
What are my course completion credits submission options?
ow soon after I submit completed course credit can a licensee view what was submitted?
CE Broker processes rosters overnight. Licensees may then view the credits posted to their transcript and chronological course history.
How will I know if the completed course credit I submitted was processed?
For each entry on the roster there will be an "S" in the status field when the roster has been successfully processed. To view your online roster, go to your "Roster History", click on search to bring up a list of your rosters and select the publishing tracking number of the course roster you want to view.
How long do I have to submit course completions?
All credit should be fully submitted no more than ninety (90) calendar days following completion of the course by the licensee(s).
Does the license number include the alpha prefix?
Yes, the license number will include both the alpha and numeric portions.
What if the licensee gives us the wrong license number?
You may wish to contact the licensee or research the correct license number on the Department of Health website. Neither is required if you've already made a good faith effort to submit properly.
Can I export information from my organization's student registration system to CE Broker?
Yes. To submit completed continuing education course credit, educational providers need not be integrated with CE Broker. By converting the course registration data into the format expected by CE Broker, the course completion credit data may be transmitted electronically. All imported data from educational providers must then be uploaded via CE Broker, traveling through the firewall to protect the integrity of the system.
Can I submit course completion credits via paper?
Paper is not an option for submission of completed course credit.
I submitted course completion credit to the wrong licensee account. How do I correct it?
If you used the wrong licensee license number and the entry was successfully posted to that licensee as opposed to the one who should have received the credit, please send a message to the CE Broker helpdesk by clicking the "Contact CE Broker" links from within your account or from our homepage.
I received a message from a licensee that a course they attended has not posted to their
record. What should I do?
Your roster may be accessed online. Select Course Completion in the navigation bar and then click on Roster History in the dropdown menu. Enter the publishing tracking number for the course the licensee attended. View the roster and note whether the licensee successfully posted or not. If not successfully posted, make the necessary corrections and resubmit.
Do I need to issue course completion certificates?
You must provide a verification form to all District of Columbia licensees who complete your courses. For further information refer to the application requirements for District of Columbia educational providers.
If a completed course credit submission has been rejected, in part or in whole, how
do I resubmit the information?
You may access your rejections by going to the Course Credit Rejection Worksheet in the Communication Center.
You may correct the roster by clicking on the course name and making the change on the roster and clicking submit. If there are no rejections, the roster will not appear in the Course Credit Rejection Worksheet tab. You may view the corrected roster by going to Roster History under Course Completion in the navigation bar.
What if I submit completed course credit for a licensee not tracked in CE Broker?
When a license number submitted does not match the license number in the Department of Health licensing database, the entry will reject. Rejected entries may be viewed on the course completion roster.
I submitted a completed course credit for the wrong course publishing? How do I correct it?
Please send a message to the CE Broker helpdesk by clicking the "Contact CE Broker" links from within your account or from our homepage.
How do I post partial course completion credit?
For those professions where partial credit is permitted, you can grant partial credit by simply submitting the number of credit hours that should be granted. The system will override the approved course renewal hours with the number you submit, assuming the Regulating Board permits partial credit. CE Broker edits ensure the number of hours for each subject area do not exceed the maximum available for that course.
What Boards accept partial completion credit?
The District of Columbia Board of Nursing and Board of Physical Therapy allows partial credit.
Do I have to report each session of a conference individually?
If you have entered the conference as one course, you may submit partial credit if allowed by the regulating Board via manual input, text upload, Excel upload, or XML upload.
How do I report continuing education credit for the instructors teaching the course we provide as
an approved educational provider?
Educational providers do not report instructor continuing education credit. If allowed by their profession's rule licensees who instruct courses can self submit.
Does each profession have to be submitted separately when submitting course completion credit?
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No, completed course credit posts to all professions for which the course was accepted.