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Recertification- Professional Activity

Introduction

All certified perfusionists must recertify annually. Recertification is designed to ensure that Certified Clinical Perfusionists, through continuing education and clinical activity, continue to meet standards and possess current and adequate knowledge in the field. Recertification consists of two (2) components:

  • clinical activity [forty (40) activities reported every year]
  • professional activity [forty-five (45) CEUs reported every third year]- described on this page

Requirements

CEU Categories

One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) or contact hour activity is defined as fifty (50) minutes spent in an organized, structured or unstructured learning experience. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are categorized according to type of educational activity.

Category I

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Category I meetings are those programs and seminars in which a minimum of 75% of the contact hours consists of perfusion or relevant cardiac surgery-related material. Only those events approved by the ABCP will qualify for Category I CEUs. A minimum of fifteen (15) CEUs must be earned in Category I for each reporting cycle.


Category I: ABCP Approved Perfusion Meetings and Related Activity
[A minimum of fifteen (15) units in this category are required for each reporting cycle]
Maximum CEUs per activityActivityMaximum CEUs in 3-year periodRequired Documentation
No maximumAttendance at an International, National, Regional, State Meeting or Webinar of same approved by the ABCPNoneAn official document from the meeting sponsor indicating attendance and the number of CEUs received.
5Publication of Perfusion-Related Book Chapter or Article in Professional Journal (Society newsletters and correspondences are not included)10Complete reference of book or article (authors, title, journal and date/volume of journal).
5Presentation or a talk at an International, National, Regional or State Perfusion Meeting10Copy of program agenda.
2Editorial reviewer of Perfusion Journal articles or presentation of a Poster or Other Exhibit at an International, National, Regional or State Perfusion Meeting (presenter must be present for discussion during poster session)6Copy of professional journal editorial page or program agenda
5Participation in The ABCP Knowledge Base Survey
Access The ABCP Knowledge Base Survey
5Documentation will be kept by the ABCP. No additional documentation is necessary.
No maximumSelf-Directed Continuing Education (SDCE)
  • individuals are not physically 'onsite';
  • communication may occur as printed or electronic media exchanges;
  • must achieve a minimum score of 80% on post-test to receive credit.
10An official document from the sponsor that indicates successful completion of post-test on ABCP-approved material and number of CEUs awarded.
No maximumHigh-Fidelity Perfusion Simulation (HFPS)
  • must be an interactive process facilitated by ABCP perfusionists using standardized high-fidelity medical simulation devices in an ABCP-approved meeting that supports learning;
  • scenarios must be reproducible, reliable and valid;
  • must integrate one (1) of the following for each simulation: lecture, training module, fireside chat or panel discussion;
  • must consist of no less than fifty (50) minutes of active simulation activity (one credit= fifty (50) minutes of educational activity).
None An official document from the sponsor that describes the type of perfusion activity performed, amount of active simulation time and CCPs involved in the practicum.
2 (per year)Serving as a Clinical Instructor in an Accredited Perfusion Training Program6Clinical instructors in accredited programs must provide a letter of confirmation of their status from the Program Director.


Category II

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Category II activities include international, national, regional, state and local meetings that have not been approved for CEU credit by the ABCP.


Category II: Non-Approved Perfusion Meetings and Other Medical Meetings
Maximum CEUs per activityActivityMaximum CEUs in 3-year periodRequired Documentation
15International, National, Regional or State Perfusion Meeting/International, National, Regional or State Medical Meeting not approved by the ABCPNone
15Local Perfusion MeetingsNone
5Medical Meeting or Perfusion Meeting NOT EQUALLY ACCESSIBLE to the general CCP community including manufacturer-specific or company-sponsored educational events10A certificate of attendance issued by a professional organization that states the CEUs awarded or a record of attendance.
5All Other Medical Meetings (e.g. Hospital-Based Grand Rounds, Inservices, M&M, Cath Conferences, etc.)10A certificate of attendance issued by a professional organization that states the CEUs awarded or a record of attendance.
10Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)15A certificate of attendance issued by a professional organization that states the CEUs awarded or a record of attendance.


Category III

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Category III credit is acquired on an hour-for-hour basis of the time spent in these non-accredited or non-supervised activities.


Category III: Individual Education and Other Self-Study Activities
Maximum CEUs per activityActivityMaximum CEUs in 3-year periodRequired Documentation
1 (per contact hour)Serving as a didactic instructor in an Accredited Perfusion Training Program6Didactic instructors in accredited programs must provide a letter of confirmation of their status from the Program Director; course title and contact hours must be documented by the Program Director
2 (per contact hour)ABCP Examination Development Workshop or Survey6Participation in an ABCP Survey or Examination Development Meeting will be kept by the ABCP and will not require additional documentation.
5 (per contact hour)Participation in an AC-PE Site Visitors Workshop/or as an AC-PE Site Visitor10
1 (per activity)Self-Learning Activities
  • Use of Audiovisual Devices/ Electronic Forums
  • Reading Scientific Journals
  • Participation in Journal Club
  • Participation in degree oriented, professionally related course work
  • Self-study modules
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
15All self-study activities require an official record of completion or written summary* of the activity.

Access (Form 6d or 6p) *Professional Activity Category III Documentation Form

1 (per activity)Presentation of a perfusion topic at a non-perfusion meeting3Copy of program agenda.
1 (per activity)Membership in a professional perfusion organization at the international, national or state level3Documentation of membership in a professional perfusion organization is required for the period reported.

Documentation

Each perfusionist is responsible for retaining supporting documentation of his/her professional (CEU) activities for auditing purposes; acceptable documentation is included in the tables on this page.

CEU Attendance Verification Policy

Participants in all Category I CEU approved meetings are required to sign-in once a day to verify attendance. Photo identification is required for participants to obtain registration materials. Meeting sponsors are required to clearly post or display sign-in period(s).

Meeting sponsors are required to provide verification to all attendees in the form of an official document such as a letter or certificate that specifies the total number of CEUs earned by each individual. This letter or certificate serves as official verification of attendance and CEUs earned. Sponsors are required to maintain attendance records for four (4) years.

SDCE Attendance Verification Policy

All Category I Self-Direted Continuing Education (SDCE) approved activities require participation in coursework and a minimum passing score of 80% on a post-test verified by the sponsor. SDCE activity sponsors are required to provide verification to all attendees in the form of an official document such as a letter or certificate that specifies the total number of SDCE CEUs earned by each individual. This letter or certificate serves as official verification of SDCEs earned and must be retained by the perfusionist for auditing purposes. Sponsors are required to maintain completion records for four (4) years. A maximum of ten (10) SDCE CEUs approved by ABCP as Category I may be used for professional activity recertification within the three-year reporting cycle. Additional SDCE CEUs may be reported in Category III.

Online Filing System

Beginning with the 2013-2014 recertification period, all regular recertification reports must be submitted through the Online Filing System (OFS). The CCP may access his/her OFS account in order to record cases (Clinical Activity Report) and CEUs (Professional Activity Report) throughout the reporting period.

Learn more about the Online Filing System (OFS) on our FAQs page. The ABCP National Office staff is also available to assist CCPs who have questions or issues regarding the system.

Audits

As a validating procedure, random CEU audits are performed annually on a percentage of Professional Activity Reports. The audited perfusionist is ultimately responsible for providing verification of professional activities and explaining discrepancies. Failure to produce the necessary documentation could result in loss of the CCP credential.

Professional Activity Report

Each CCP must submit a Professional Activity Report through the Online Filing System every third year in order to document forty-five (45) CEUs of professional activity.

A Professional Activity Report runs from July 1st of one (1) year through June 30th three (3) years later. The due date for a Professional Activity Report is determined by the ABCP cycle number assigned at the time of certification:

  • Cycle one (1)- file in 2017, 2020, 2023 etc.;
  • Cycle two (2)- file in 2019, 2022, 2025 etc.; and
  • Cycle three (3)- file in 2018, 2021, 2024 etc.

A complete Professional Activity Report and Clinical Activity Report are required for recertification every third year.

Recertification Filing Deadline

All reporting periods end on June 30th. All reports must be completed and filed through the Online Filing System with the appropriate fee no later than midnight August 1st.

Late Fees

Certified perfusionists submitting recertification reports after August 1st through August 31st are assessed a $75.00 Late Filing fee.

Extension of Certification Period

CCPs who are unable to fulfill recertification requirements by the end of a reporting period may request an extension of the filing deadline as follows:

  • Requests must be made in writing by the August 1st filing deadline.
  • The Extension Professional Activity Report* must be submitted, complete with all activity up to June 30th and the appropriate Filing fee.
  • If approved, the deadline will be extended to December 31st at which time the application must be completed and a $75.00 Late Filing fee paid.

An extension will not be granted to an individual more than once during a three-year period or to an individual on conditional certification.

Access (Form 8d) *Extension Professional Activity Report

Recertification Notification

Upon receipt of complete recertification reports and appropriate fee(s), a new time-limited certificate will be issued to each CCP every third year.

For the ensuing years, dated stickers will be issued and must be attached to the CCP's current certificate to extend the certificate's validity.

Certificates and date stickers issued by the ABCP are the sole property of the ABCP and may be canceled at its discretion. By acceptance of the certificate, the holder agrees to return the certificate to the ABCP upon demand. Presentation and display of the certificate is permitted only when it is current and valid. Presentation, display or any other use of an outdated, invalid certificate is expressly prohibited.

Inactive Status

At times, a CCP will be unable to maintain certification because of a deficiency in either clinical and/or professional activity. For this reason, and because many individuals wish to maintain an acknowledgment of having been certified, an inactive status may be requested. Individuals on Inactive Status receive all ABCP publications, and their names are published on the ABCP website.

The process for obtaining inactive status follows:

  • After notification of loss of certification, submit a request to the ABCP National Office for Inactive Status.
  • Sign an agreement to discontinue the use of the title, "CCP."
  • Remit the Annual fee to the ABCP National Office prior to August 1st.

Access a current listing of individuals on inactive status.

CCP Emeritus

Learn more about the CCP Emeritus standing and access a current CCP Emeritus listing.

Change of Address

Certified Clinical Perfusionists are responsible for informing the National Office of the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion of their current address. The CCP should update the Online Filing System with the address change and notifying the National Office.


Conditional Certification and Extended Leave

Conditional Certification

A CCP who fails to submit the completed recertification report with the appropriate fee by the August 1st deadline and does not formally request an extension will be placed on conditional certification.

A perfusionist on conditional certification must apply to the ABCP for reinstatement before the next August 1st filing deadline. The petition statement must include:

  • an explanation in writing of the reasons for not completing the recertification requirements (clinical activity) for the previous year;
  • a completed recertification report* for the current reporting year comprised of forty (40) cases with the first twenty-five (25) consisting of cardiopulmonary bypasses (CPBs) that are supervised and verified by a current CCP; and
  • payment of all normal Filing fees, a $75.00 Late Filing fee and a $75.00 Reinstatement fee.
Access (Form 10d, Form 11d) *Conditional Certification Report

Extended Leave

If unable to successfully complete the reinstatement requirements for conditional certification, the perfusionist must request "extended leave" status in writing prior to the August 1st deadline of the conditional certification year.

Extended leave gives the perfusionist (placed on conditional certification for clinical inactivity) an additional year after the conditional certification year to complete the following clinical requirements:

  • a recertification report* for the current reporting year comprised of forty (40) cases with the first twenty-five (25) consisting of cardiopulmonary bypasses (CPBs) which are supervised and verified by a current CCP; and
  • payment of all normal Filing fees, a $75.00 Late Filing fee and a $75.00 Reinstatement fee.

Access (Form 10d, Form 11d) *Report for Extended Leave

If unable to satisfy the above requirements, reinstatement will be granted upon successful completion of the CAPE prior to the December 31st deadline of the "extended leave" year.

If none of the above requirements are completed by December 31st of the extended leave year, all steps listed below in the "Re-entry into the Certification Process" section must be completed. Learn more.

Professional Activity

Individuals on clinical activity conditional certification and extended leave are required to complete the Professional Activity Report* during the conditional certification period.

Access (Form 8d) *Professional Activity Report

Loss of Certification

A CCP will lose certification if he/she:

  • is on conditional certification or extended leave and does not successfully meet the requirements for reinstatement; or
  • is found guilty of unethical conduct as described in the Ethical Standards of the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion; or
  • falsifies any portion of a recertification report.

The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion shall be the sole judge of whether or not the information before it is sufficient to require or permit revocation of any certificate issued by the ABCP, and the decision of the ABCP thereon shall be final. CCPs who lose or who are in danger of losing certification may make a formal written appeal to the ABCP.


Re-entry into the Certification Process

A perfusionist may petition the ABCP for re-entry into the certification process and then complete the following steps:

  • apply for, take and pass the appropriate examination(s)-
    • If uncertified for less than three (3) years, the applicant must take the Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination only. No perfusionist may utilize this option in two (2) consecutive recertification cycles.
    • If uncertified for three (3) years or more, the applicant must-
      • take both the Perfusion Basic Science Examination and the Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination;
      • submit a list of forty (40) clinical activities documented as Primary Clinical Perfusion Activities (PCPA) performed since the date of his/her request; and
      • submit a letter of clinical competency from his/her supervisor.
  • remit the appropriate Examination fee(s); and
  • remit a $250.00 Reinstatement fee.

The ABCP must approve perfusionists who have lost certification because of unethical conduct for re-entry.