Overview of Electronic Submission of Participant Data
Are you one of the many Providers asking the question: Can we submit participant records electronically?
From feedback we have received over the past several years, we know many of you are interested in this option. In response to your interest, we asked the technology experts at ASHA to make electronic submission a reality. Together with our Information Systems staff, CE has developed a process for submitting participant records electronically. All Providers may use the process.
Requirements to Submit Electronically
Providers must be capable of creating files in the format specified in the electronic course offering reporting specifications [PDF]. Below is a brief overview of the requirements:
- Database: Providers must store participant records in an electronic database that includes, for each course offering, each participant's name, address, phone number, e-mail address, ASHA account number and number of CEUs earned.
- Load File: Providers submit to ASHA, in an ASHA-specified format, a "load file" that includes, for each course offering, information contained on the Course Offering Report form and each participant's name, ASHA account number and number of CEUs earned. This file would be an ASCII comma delimited file.
- Reference File: Providers also submit a second electronic file, a "reference file," which provides the address, phone number and e-mail address for each participant in the course offering's load file. For each participant in the course offering's load file, there would be a matching record in the reference file. This would be used by ASHA staff to troubleshoot any problems that may arise when the load file is processed (i.e., a participant's name and ASHA account number do not match).
Together, the load file and reference file give ASHA all the information now submitted on the Course Offering Report Form and the ASHA CEU Participant form. These two files are drawn from the Provider's database, which ensures the integrity of the information being submitted.
Benefits of Electronic Submission
You will save time-no photocopying ASHA CEU Participant forms, completing an Activity Report form, and packaging and mailing the materials. And by eliminating mailing and scanning time, your participants' records will be posted to their transcripts at least a week sooner than mailed participant records.
How to Get Started
- Review process: Review the electronic course offering reporting specifications [PDF].
- Create test files: Produce a participant data file and a reference file for two (2) courses you have previously reported to the CE Registry.
- Email test files: Email your test files to the CE Registry at email@example.com.
- Review test files: CE Registry staff will ensure your files are in the correct format and all participant information loaded correctly and completely.
- Receive approval or feedback: CE Registry staff will either approve your organization to transmit "live" participant data or provide feedback on how to correctly submit files.
Questions? Contact ASHA CE at firstname.lastname@example.org.