Are CMHs the same as ASHA CEUs?
Are CMHs the same as ASHA CEUs?
CMH (Certification Maintenance Hour) is the term that ASHA uses to describe any type of professional development hour that counts toward your certification.
Your professional development hours should be documented using reporting units called Certification Maintenance Hours (CMHs).
CEUs are a type of CMH but CEUs are not the only way to maintain your certification. In fact, you don’t need any CEUs to maintain your ASHA CCCs, you can earn CMHs instead.
The ASHA Clinical Certification Standards define professional development as an instructional activity where
- You must be the learner (not the presenter)
- Content is related to the science or contemporary practice of speech-language pathology, audiology, or the speech/language/hearing sciences
- Content results in the acquisition of new knowledge and skills, or the enhancement of current knowledge and skills necessary for independent practice in any practice setting and area of practice
- You determine that the professional development activity is appropriate, relevant, and meaningful to any practice setting and area of practice
- Your attendance can be documented by a third party such as an employer, educational institution, or sponsoring organization.
Because we can document your participation, all online courses and workshops at The Accent Channel qualify for CMHs.
When using The Accent Channel courses or workshops for your CMHs:
- You do need to hold onto your certificate of completion in case you are chosen for a maintenance audit. We do not retain copies and will charge a $10 processing fee if the certificate needs to be re-issued.
- Please note that date on the certificate is the date that you submit the survey not the date of enrollment.
- At the end of your maintenance interval, all you need to do is to check a box that says you have completed your hours. You do not need to submit any supporting documentation unless you are chosen for an audit.
- If you are chosen for an audit, you can submit the certificate at that time.
I have been audited once before and it is very easy to submit PDF’s of the certificates of completion for courses I have taken.
ASHA requires 30 Certification Maintenance Hours (CMH) every 3 years to maintain your certification. CMH is the term that ASHA uses to describe any type of professional development hour that counts toward your certification.
So as far as professional development hours go, you have options beyond ASHA CEUs and you don’t need prior approval from ASHA for these Professional Development activities to qualify as CMHs to maintain your CCCs.
Examples of Accepted Professional Development Activities
ASHA defines generally accepted activities this way:
“Activities will generally be accepted if you determine that they contribute to your professional development and will lead to acquiring and enhancing skills and knowledge required for independent practice. Some examples include
- teacher-oriented content that is not related to the professions but enhances your ability to better serve your clients;
- business and management content that will help you manage your private practice more effectively;
- supervisory and leadership content for individuals employed in supervisory or management positions;
- employer-sponsored in-service activities such as Grand Rounds, special education workshops (i.e., Americans with Disabilities Act requirements), formal training sessions sponsored by manufacturers on equipment used in the evaluation or treatment of your clients, and professional activities (i.e., professional ethics, diversity issues, reimbursement issues);
- other continuing education activities such as state association workshops, and seminars offered through other professional associations like those offered for continuing medical education (CME) units, university scientific symposia, and formal online, non-credit courses offered through a university (i.e., autism, literacy, neurological disorders, genetics, and ethics);
- College or university course work at any level-undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral-offered by regionally accredited programs (can be via distance learning) in any area that meets the definition of professional development (i.e., foreign languages needed to communicate with the population you work with, early childhood development, autism, literacy, neurological disorders, genetics, ethics).”
If there an advantage to earning ASHA approved CEUs?
The benefit of CEU's over CMHs is that an ASHA approved CEU provider is already registered with ASHA and the provider can submit your participation directly to your CE registry for you.
Also, by using CEUs instead of CMHs, you will not need to submit any additional documentation to ASHA if you are randomly selected for a maintenance audit.
So, it’s really a matter of convenience.
IMPORTANT: Some state licensing boards do NOT allow you to get all of your hours as CMHs and require a certain amount of certified CEU's so please contact your state board to verify compliance.
So to recap, you don’t have to use CEUs for your hours. Any related continuing education is considered a CMH and ASHA permits you to get all 30 of your hours as CMHs if you prefer.
So why not have a little fun while you earn your Continuing Maintenance Hours? Check out all our online courses here!