BCCA supports the ongoing professional development of its certificants. The mandatory recertification process provides certificants with the opportunity to demonstrate the retention, reinforcement and expansion of their knowledge and skills pertaining to new clinical advances as well as state of the art information over the full spectrum of clinical anaplastology. Recertification also provides encouragement to, and acknowledgement for, participation in ongoing professional development activities and lifelong learning.
The BCCA defines continuing competence consistent with how the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting body for professional credentials, as demonstrating “specified levels of knowledge, skills, or ability not only at the time of initial certification but throughout an individual’s professional career” (NCCA, 2014). To support this purpose, recertification requires continuing education that enhances ongoing professional development, recognizes learning opportunities, and provides a process for both attaining and recording professional development achievements.
The BCCA supports the ongoing professional development of CCA certificants and the maintenance of BCCA certification by:
- requiring reasonable and appropriate continuing educational and professional activities;
- enhancing the ongoing professional development of certificants;
- encouraging and recognizing individualized learning opportunities; and
- providing a standardized, objective and straightforward process for attaining and recording continuing educational and professional activities.
After initial certification is obtained, continuing education units may be accrued and used for recertification. Certificants must accrue 36 continuing education units (CEUs) during a three-year reporting cycle. CEUs do not carry over to future reporting periods.
To maintain an active certification status all certificants must:
- Have a current CCA certification (active status)
- Continually maintain the $680 Annual Fee
- Earn 36 continuing education units supporting the CCA role through submission of the CCA Recertification Application
- Re-sign the BCCA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and maintain ongoing adherence to its requirements
Recertification candidates may reference the Continuing Education Qualifying Activities Summary to review approved educational activities and their assigned CEU values.
The BCCA Board of Directors reserves the right to verify information supplied by, or on behalf of, a certificant. If selected for a review, the certificant will be asked to submit documentation substantiating recertification eligibility.
Certificants may randomly be selected for review. An individual selected for review will be required to submit verifiable documentation for each activity listed on the CCA Recertification Application. It is recommended that certificants retain all records for at least two years following the reporting cycle end date.
If credit for any program or activity (i.e. for which CEUs are reported) is denied as a result of the review, the certificant will be given one (1) year to report additional hours to cure the deficiency and the certificant’s status may be suspended.
If the deficiency is not cured within the one (1) year period, an official notice will be sent. If the necessary hours remain unreported, the individual will no longer be certified and will not be authorized to use the CCA® designation.
The BCCA does not have a separate fee for recertification. For a CCA certificant to ensure that he/she remains in good standing, certification must be renewed every three (3) years and the BCCA annual fee must be paid. BCCA has an annual fee of $680 which is due by January 31st of each year, commencing the year after certification is awarded.
Certificants who are not in good standing due to a lapse in renewal dues or submission of continuing education units must meet the following criteria for reinstatement:
- Successfully passed the CCA examination
- Earned the Certified Clinical Anaplastologist (CCA) credential
- Lapsed in paying renewal fees to the BCCA
- It has been less than 5 years since earning the CCA designation
If you meet the aforementioned, please complete the following steps:
- Reinstatement Questionnaire, please click here.
- Pay the Reinstatement Fee of $85.00
- Pay the Late Fee of 10% of renewal dues
- Pay any unpaid dues (Amount will vary individually)
If you do NOT meet the above criteria, and your certification has lapsed, please contact Judy Buroker (see Contact Us) to verify your current status. Those individuals who have not yet taken and passed the CCA examination must go through the Eligibility Application process.
Current CCAs in good standing who are retired from anaplastology (or individuals who were a CCA in good standing at the time of their retirement from anaplastology), but wish to retain their connection to the CCA community, may apply for the “CCA (Ret.)” designation.
To be eligible for the CCA (Ret.) applicants must:
- Be a current CCA in good standing at the time of application (or at the time of their retirement from anaplastology).
- Have renewed the CCA at least once.
- Be fully retired or no longer employed in the anaplastology sector (defined as deriving less than 25% of income from anaplastology activities including consulting).
- Submit a qualifying application accompanied by a one-time non-refundable retired status fee.
- CCA (Ret.) designees are subject to the same code of conduct and same disciplinary actions as CCAs. Complaints about CCA (Ret.) will be handled through the policies outlined for complaints about CCAs.
- CCA (Ret.) designees must remain fully retired or no longer employed in the anaplastology sector (defined as deriving less than 25% of income from anaplastology activities including consulting).
- CCA (Ret.) designees must notify the BCCA Board of Directors of any change in employment circumstances that would render the individual ineligible for CCA (Ret.) status (e.g., a return to anaplastology employment or deriving more than 25% of their income from anaplastology activities including consulting).
Rights and Privileges
Individuals granted CCA (Ret.) status may use CCA (Ret.) after their name, in correspondence, publications, speaking engagements and other public mentions to indicate their status as a Certified Clinical Anaplastologist at the time of their retirement from anaplastology. CCA (Ret.) designees may not use the CCA designation without the (Ret.) suffix, and may not portray themselves as a current CCA.
Reactivation to CCA Status
Individuals who become CCA (Ret.) have the following options to reactivate their CCA:
- If the application for CCA reactivation is made within three (3) years of the last date of being a CCA in good standing, the individual may submit the required number of continuing education units in the preceding three years to reactive the CCA under the Reinstatement policy.
- If more than three (3) years has passed since the last date of being a CCA in good standing, or the requirements to reinstate are not met, the individual must meet current eligibility requirements, submit a qualifying application and fees, and achieve a passing examination score.