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CEA Tutorial 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 for the Course/Offering registration and reporting for ASHA CEUs. You must work closely with the other party during the planning, promoting, conducting and reporting the course. However, you are not required to attend the course.

Conducting courses with other organizations requires the Provider to clearly communicate expectations and deadlines. Providers have asked ASHA CE for a sample contract, policy or guidelines to use with outside organizations. To that end, ASHA CE has created the following documents:

You may also want to direct organizations interested in conducting a course cooperatively to resources that are available to non-ASHA Approved CE Providers.

Is there a fee?

  • A cooperative fee is due for each offering of a cooperative course.
  • The cooperative fee payment (either check or credit card) must be submitted when the course offering is registered.
  • The course offering will not be registered until payment is received by ASHA.
  • Co-op fee payment is nonrefundable and non-transferable.
  • 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 [PDF].

How do I register a Course with a Cooperative Offering?

  • Cooperative offering information is included in the Offering Section of the Course Offering Registration electronic form and paper form [PDF].
  • Check "Yes" to the question "Is this a Cooperative Offering?"
  • Fill in the co-op organization name, contact person, phone number, and e-mail address
  • Include payment information at the prompt, if payment is applicable.
  • Cooperative offering registrations (and payments, if any) must be received by ASHA at least 30 days prior to the start date of the course.

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


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.


  • 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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