Continued Education Credits

Continued Education Credits  (CEC’s)

The system of requiring Continued Education Credits (CEC’s) is designed to ensure ongoing education and professional development of the Certified IPM Turf Practitioner.

List of upcoming events that qualify.

February 2020 updated list (.pdf file)

How do I retain my IPM Certification Status?

To meet requirements for ongoing professional development, a Certified IPM Turf Practitioner must maintain their level of expertise by annually accumulating a minimum of 8 continuing education credits (CEC’s) or by annually re-passing the examination as set by the Standards Committee, at a minimum 75% score.   You may start accumulating CEC’s from the date you successfully completed the IPM Turf Practitioner examination.  You have until the end of the next full calendar year to accumulate your first eight (8) CEC’s, then every year after. Any meeting/course hours held before your certification date will not count towards your CEC’s.

NEW POLICY (December 6, 2010)

The cut off date for obtaining the mandatory 8 CEC’s is March 31.   Example: A Turf Practitioner certified prior to January 1, 2010, has until March 31, 2011 to get their 8 CEC’s.   A Turf Practitioner certified in 2010 now has until March 31, 2012.

To retain certification a Practitioner must annually obtain 8 CEC’s before March 31 of the following year or pay a re-registration fee ($200) and pass the IPM Certification examination.    CEC’s in excess of the required 8, cannot be carried over to the next year and the number of CEC’s will be re-set to zero as of March 31.

How do I Earn Continued Education Credits?

Continued Education Credits are awarded to Certified IPM Turf Practitioner when they attend qualified industry conferences, lectures, training sessions, seminars, or demonstrations that focus on IPM or plant health related principals.

What qualifies for CEC’s?

Official registration forms will be issued for sessions that qualify for CEC’s.  To qualify the content of a session should relate to elements of IPM as outlined in the Sustainable Turf Manual, 1st edition, 2003, page 1.1; eg. Pest prevention, managing ecosystems, pest ID, pest monitoring, thresholds, controls, management evaluation and strategies.   It is then the responsibility of the person presenting the session to have the attendees complete the official registration form.  The completed registration form is forward to the Plant Health Atlantic Administrator, who is responsible for compiling and maintaining the list of Certified IPM Turf Practitioners and a record of their CEC’s.

The Standards Committee will issue an official registration form designating the number of CEC’s for sessions that qualify.  Generally a 45-minute session equates to one (1) CEC.   A Certified IPM Turf Practitioner must obtain 8 CEC’s during the calendar year or re-write the examination in order to be re-certified.  Example:

How do I apply for an IPM Session to be approved for CEC’s?

If you know of a session that is not listed in the Events Calendar and might qualify for CEC’s fill out the following Credit course forms and submit to Plant Health Atlantic.