Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner
Maintaining Your Credential
All Human Services-Board Certified Practitioners (HS-BCPs) must complete the established recertification requirements, as stated below, every five years in order to maintain the credential. HS-BCPs must complete 60 clock hours of relevant continuing education (CE) during each five-year certification cycle, including a minimum of six hours specific to ethics. These hours must be documented by certificates or letters of attendance or completion, transcripts, or grade reports, and must be completed during the five-year certification period. (Registration forms or cancelled checks are not acceptable proof of attendance or completion.) HS-BCPs must retain documents for five years following recertification. Documents should NOT be sent to CCE unless you are notified by mail that you have been selected for audit. Record all clock hours on an HS-BCP CE log. If you are selected for audit, CCE will review your continuing education documentation for acceptability. In addition, HS-BCPs must follow the Code of Ethics and pay the $35 annual maintenance fee.
Human Services Competency Areas
- Ethics in Helping Relationships
- Interviewing and Intervention Skills
- Group Work
- Case Management
- Human Development
- Social and Cultural Issues
- Social Problems
- Assessment/Treatment Planning
- Intervention Models/Theories
- Human Behavior
- Social Welfare and Public Policy
- Research, Program Evaluation and Supervision
Determining If a Continuing Education Activity Meets HS-BCP Requirements
The following checklist will assist in determining if an activity meets HS-BCP continuing education guidelines and can be used for recertification. In order for an activity to count toward continuing education requirements, you should be able to answer yes to the following questions:
- Does the content of the activity fall within a human services competency area?
- Is the activity geared toward practitioners in the field of human services?
- Does the activity enhance your role as a human service practitioner?
- If it was a teleconference, was there an opportunity to interact with an instructor or facilitator?
- Was the activity completed during the current five-year certification period?
- Does the training provider have formal education or credentialing in the competency area addressed?
Additional Continuing Education Guidelines
- A clock hour is defined as one hour of actual participation in a continuing education activity, excluding breaks of more than 10 minutes, lunch, etc.
- Teleconferences must feature an interactive format in order to qualify for recertification. Interactive teleconferences provide the opportunity for participants to communicate directly with the instructor or have a facilitator present at the conference site.
- For seminars, workshops and conferences, a certificate, verification form, or letter verifying attendance is required for documentation.
- For college or university courses, a transcript, grade report or verification form is required for documentation.
- Formalized in-service training provided by a qualified trainer may be verified by certificate, verification form, or completed CCE In-Service Participation Form signed by the trainer or supervisor and with information attached regarding training content.
- Home study programs must meet all continuing education guidelines. A certificate from the organization providing the home - study activity is required for documentation.
- Publication of an article directly related to human services in a peer-reviewed journal can earn up to six continuing education clock hours.
- HS-BCPs may retake the HS-BCP Examination in lieu of completing the required continuing education clock hours to recertify.
An HS-BCP can earn a maximum of 18 continuing education clock hours in each five-year cycle for teaching or developing courses. Educators can earn a maximum of six clock hours per course. For instance, an educator who teaches several sections of the same course can earn up to six clock hours.
There is a limit of 15 clock hour for leadership activities in each five-year cycle. The following leadership positions are acceptable for recertification credit: Officers of regional or national human services organization; editor of professional human services journals; member of state human services certification board; member of a national human services certification board; member of a national ethics disciplinary review committee rendering certification or professional membership; active member of a human services committee producing a substantial written product; chair of a major human services conference or convention; other leadership positions with justifiable professional learning experiences. The leadership positions must take place for a minimum of one year after the date of first certification. When recording clock hours for leadership activities, list the name of the organization and the position held. A letter from the organization with the dates and type of service is required for documentation.
In addition to the leadership recertification credit, individuals who are trained by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education and serve as readers for self-studies will be able to count 15 clock hours toward recertification.
Failure to Maintain Certification
There are two aspects of credential maintenance, renewal and recertification. These are different but related processes. An HS-BCP renews certification by submitting the annual fee. Recertification is required every five years and includes submitting proof of completion of continuing education activities. Failure to complete renewal or recertification processes will negatively impact a credential holder's status.
Annual Renewal: Each year, CCE sends each HS-BCP a statement of annual maintenance fees. Currently, the fee is $35. HS-BCPs must remit the annual maintenance fee payment by the due date to maintain certification. If CCE does not receive payment by the due date, the certification becomes inactive. Reactivation of an inactive certification requires submission of a reinstatement application and payment of a $50 reinstatement fee and any past-due balance.
Recertification: HS-BCPs must complete 60 clock hours of relevant continuing education every five years in order to recertify. If an HS-BCP does not submit the requested documentation and payment by their expiration date, their certification will expire. To reinstate an expired HS-BCP requires a completed reinstatement application, $50 reinstatement fee, payment of any past-due balance and documentation of 60 continuing education clock hours.