AFS CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE APPROVAL PROCEDURES AND FORM
For Courses Offered Prior to the 150th Annual Meeting
Saturday, August 29, 2020 AND/OR Sunday, August 30, 2020 – Columbus, Ohio
The Continuing Education Committee (CEC) must approve all Continuing Education (CE) courses or activities sponsored by the American Fisheries Society.
Courses or activities which carry academic credit, lead to a high school equivalency certificate, or are organization oriented programs or short direction programs only casually related to any specific upgrading purpose or goal would normally not qualify for approval.
The objective of the AFS Continuing Education Program, administered by the CEC, is to provide members with quality opportunities to develop their expertise throughout their careers as fisheries professionals. CE courses, which are often sponsored and/or prepared by AFS members, are a primary means of fulfilling this goal. CE offerings can be used to receive Professional Development Qualifying Points (PDQPs) needed to meet and retain Associate and Certified Fisheries Professional accreditation through the AFS Certification Program.
*Recurring CE classes must be reviewed and approved by the CEC every 3 years or upon changes to course content.
Course Proposal & Approval Procedures:
Please review the following form carefully, and provide thorough and succinct responses to all requested information. Note: This form is the primary means by which the CEC evaluates your proposal. Much like a well-constructed abstract enhances a scientific paper, a thoughtful, informative, well-prepared application attests to the quality of the proposed CE offering.
Completed course approval forms should be submitted by Tuesday, January 21, 2020. The CEC will review forms for completeness. If more information is needed, the CEC Chair will send anonymous reviewer comments, suggestions, and questions to the Course Proposer. If the CEC approval is contingent upon implementing suggested revisions, the Course Proposer will submit a revised Course Approval Form to the Course Contact within two weeks of being notified of the CEC’s decision. The CEC will issue an approval by mid-May 2020. AFS staff will notify the Course Proposer of the CEC’s final decision.
All AFS CE courses will include an evaluation, to be completed by participants after the course. AFS will provide standard evaluation questions; course instructors may add additional questions as needed.
Lauren Maza, Student and Professional Development Director
301.897.8616, ext. 225