How to Develop a Cooperative Offering

  1. Identify an ASHA Approved Continuing Education (CE) Provider by looking at the provider listing. Providers who engage in cooperative agreements have an orange box that says “Cooperative” located to the right of the organizational information. Approach the Provider with your proposed course ideas.
    Note: ASHA Approved CE Providers enter into cooperative agreements at their own discretion and may charge your organization an additional fee for their administrative services.
  2. Contact ASHA Approved CE Provider to discuss and sign a Cooperative Agreement [DOC] that lays out expectations and responsibilities, ensures that the CE Administrator of the Approved Provider has the level of access they need to ensure compliance, and determines how fees and other financial considerations will be addressed.
  3. Provide the ASHA Approved Provider with the information to meet ASHA requirements:
    • Policies:
      • Professional conduct and nondiscrimination policy
      • Refund (participant cancellation and if cooperative party cancels or reschedules)
      • Complaint policy
      • Privacy and security of participation data
      • Intellectual property rights
    • Needs assessment analysis
    • Instructional methodology
    • Assessment of learning
    • Satisfactory completion requirements
    • Course structure information (e.g., agenda, run time, an outline, syllabus, table of contents or some other document that provides details on how the course is structured)
    • ASHA CEU calculation worksheet
    • Learning outcomes
    • Speaker disclosure forms
    • Promotional materials that include appropriate learner communications [PDF]
  4. Contact the Approved Provider to arrange payment of cooperative fees (see fee schedule). The Approved Provider must submit the course registration materials and cooperative fee(s) to the ASHA CE Registry at the same time of registration.
  5. Obtain the ASHA CE Brand Block from the ASHA Approved CE Provider. Display the ASHA CE Brand Block and required course information (instructional level and ASHA CEU amount) in your cooperative course’s promotional materials The ASHA CE website outlines all of the requirements for promotional materials.
  6. Coordinate with the Provider on a mechanism for collecting the required information (ASHA ID number, first name, last name, mailing and email addresses and ASHA CEUs to be awarded) from individuals who successfully complete the course and request to earn ASHA CEUs. 
  7. Provide required learner information to ASHA Approved CE Provider according to the stipulated deadlines that the Provider has proposed.

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