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Section 6: Cooperative Offerings

When two or more organizations work together to plan, promote, and/or conduct a course, the course is called a "cooperative offering." This section presents important information about the cooperative offering process.

What is a cooperative offering?

A course is considered a cooperative offering if any of these apply:

  • Another party is involved with planning, promoting, conducting, or evaluating the course
  • Another party appears on promotional materials
  • Another party is incurring the expenses for the course
  • Another party is receiving a benefit, such as publicity or tuition waiver
  • Another party is receiving the proceeds from the course
  • The other party does not fit within your organizational structure

How do I get started?

As the ASHA CE Provider, you take full responsibility. You must work closely with the other party during the planning, promoting, conducting and reporting of the course. You are strongly encouraged to develop procedures and timelines to ensure that all CEB requirements are met, including the following:

  • Promotional materials have the correct ASHA CE Brand Block, CEU sentence, and speaker disclosures
  • Learning outcomes are written in measurable and observable terms
  • The agenda supports the amount of CEUs requested

Please note: There are support materials available for cooperative organizations that cover these issues. Please direct them to the ASHA store for a CEB Policies and Procedures Manual.

Cooperative offering registrations (and payments, if any) must be received by ASHA at least 30 days prior to the start date of the course. Contact your provider manager if you have questions about cooperative offerings.

Is there a fee?

  • A cooperative fee is due for each offering of a cooperative course.
  • The cooperative fee must be submitted when the course or offering is registered.
  • There is no co-op fee if all parties are ASHA Approved CE Providers; just fill out the Cooperative Offering Information section of the Course and Offering Registration Form.

How do I register a Cooperative Offering?

  • This information is now included in the Course and Offering Registration Form [PDF]
  • Check "Yes" to the question "Is this a Cooperative Offering?" in the form's Section VII – Course Offerings
  • Fill in the co-op organization name, contact person, phone number, and e-mail address
  • Include payment information here if that is applicable.

Note: The ASHA CE Brand Block and CEU sentence are required (not optional) on the promotional materials. You do not have to have a representative at the course.

Carmen

CEA Carmen asks:

Is it a cooperative offering if university credit is offered?

That depends...

  • If your ASHA CE Providership is the university, it's not a co-op.

However...

  • If your ASHA CE Providership is for one department of a university (e.g., Communication Disorders Department), any courses with other departments would be co-ops.
  • If your ASHA CE Providership is not the university AND you are not approved by the university's CE Department to offer CE courses for that university, it would be a co-op.

Contact your provider manager to discuss your course if university credit will be offered in addition to ASHA CEUs.

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