are the common questions about obtaining continuing professional education
credits for educational programs. The Continuing Professional Education
Prior Approval Request form is obtained by calling 972/755-2530
or emailing TDA Headquarters
or online at http://www.cdrnet.org/pdrcenter.
Sharon Cox, RD, is the 2002-2003 TDA Continuing Professional Education
I now have the Continuing Professional Education Prior Approval Request
form. What do I do with it?
Complete all of the required portions of the form. Supporting documentation
must be provided for each item listed under the ATTACHMENTS section
of the form so that the Chair can evaluate your request. CPE hours are
measured by 60 minute hours. (One hour increments only, no half hours
will be accepted--example: 5 ¼ hours=5 CPE hours; 5 ½ hours=6 CPE hours.)
Time outlines should include information on registration, introduction,
welcomes, breaks, etc. This may be covered in your program brochure
which can be attached to your request. A short paragraph outlining the
speakers qualifications, current positions, and place of employment.
Please do not send resumes or curriculum vitae.
After I have completed the form and obtained my supporting documentation,
what do I do next?
There are two steps left to complete the process:
payment statement for appropriate fees. The application fee is $25
per hour. Payment must accompany the request. Make checks
payable the Texas Dietetic Association.
your completed CPE request form (the pink
and both yellow copies), the Supporting documentation/attachments,
and your payment to:
Professional Education Chair
Texas Dietetic Association
12300 Ford Road, Suite 135
Dallas, Texas 75234
DO NOT SEND THESE REQUESTS TO ADA!!!
What happens to my request next?
Your request is forwarded to the Chair. Your program will be reviewed
and granted approval according to the criteria established by the Commission
on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
How long does this process take?
According to the TDA Standing Rules, requests
must be submitted 4-6 weeks prior to your program in order to guarantee
that action will be taken by the Chair.
What types of things can delay or prevent my request from being
The following five are possible reasons for delays.
to provide an adequate time outline of the program.
to outline the qualifications of speakers.
to adequately describe the program content & objectives.
to submit payment with request, or to make arrangements prior to submitting
to sign Prior Approval Form.
What happens if I've waited to late to submit my request?
The Chair will address all your requests as quickly as feasible. However,
if you allow less than 4 weeks of processing time, the Chair will not
guarantee that action will be taken in time for your program to be approved.
Should this happen to you, your participants can still request CPE credits
through ADA's subsequent approval plan. You can call or write ADA's
Office on Dietetic Credentialing for information on requesting subsequent
How do I know if my CPE request has been approved?
Once your program has been approved, the Chair will return one of the
yellow copies of your request form to you indicating approval. In addition,
you will receive the CPE reporting forms used to register participants.
These registration forms must be returned directly to ADA at the address
printed on the form. You should receive some
type of paperwork regarding your program before the program date!!!
Is the same form used to request CPE credits for RDs and DTRs?
Yes!! If you think that Dietetic Technicians will be attending your
program, then you should check that box on the form. The $25.00/hour
fee will apply to dual applications for RDs and DTRs.
Are any programs ever denied approval?
Yes!! In accordance wit the CDR criteria, the following types of
programs will not receive prior approval:
for Success; Imaging Workshops based on make-up demonstrations, consultations,
etc.; Testimonial or personal inspiration types of presentations.
or baking demonstrations, catering, garnishing techniques
diet therapy or diet counseling techniques
sanitation or dietary managers courses
presentations on a company's new product
submitted without adequate processing time or after the program date
the purpose of "continuing education" is to update or enhance knowledge
and skills beyond entry level. Some of the programs may be personally
enhancing and very interesting, but they do not meet ADA's criteria
for professional growth and development.
What recourse do I have if my request for CPE credits is denied?
You may file a written appeal with the Office on Dietetic Credentialing
at ADA Headquarters. Contact Information:
Commission on Dietetic Registration
216 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: 312-899-0040 Ext. 5500