Electrologists Requirements for License Renewal

Requirements for Florida Electrologists
Requirements for Florida Electrologists

May 31st is quickly approaching which means all Florida Electrologists’ license renewal deadline is within reach. CE Broker wants to give you a quick visual of all of your CE requirements so you don’t have any surprises when you are renewing your license. The following chart contains all of your renewal requirements you will need to meet in order to be compliant.

Electrologists Requirement Chart
Electrologists Requirement Chart

We are dedicated to helping you successfully renew your license so we have plenty of tools for you to utilize if you have any questions! We have added a special Electrologists-FAQ section just for Electrologists in our Support pages. To find a specific course to fulfill any unmet requirements, you can watch our Course Search video by clicking on the picture below.

Watch our Course Search Video here to walk you through how to find the course you need
Watch our Course Search Video here to walk you through how to find the course you need.

Why All of Florida’s Healthcare Professionals Should Subscribe to CE Broker

Normally this blog is strictly informative.  I try to dispel common misconceptions and provide tutorials to various CE Broker functions and services.  Here I am taking a different approach.  I will still attempt to clarify some misconceptions about the continuing education system in Florida but I will also write persuasively.  Our CE system in Florida is different from all other states and I am arguing superior to all other states.  CE Broker was designed to simplify the process and make life easier for licensees.  The functions of our system benefit all of Florida’s healthcare professionals yet few are shouldering the costs.  Subscribers pay and receive the benefits of a subscription yet all reap additional rewards of having the CE Broker system in place.  Here I will compare FL to the other states and demonstrate that for the sake of equity, to reduce disciplinary action, and to eventually lower the costs for all, every licensee should voluntarily subscribe to CE Broker.

All of the other states with CE requirements have similar systems.  Boards legislate requirements, post them on their website, and leave it to the licensees to figure out their individual requirements.  The rules regarding your profession’s requirements often appear simple, but when you delve further into them you will find a plethora of complicated stipulations and conditions.

There are exceptions for everyone.  Are you licensed by exam or by endorsement?  Are you in your first license cycle or perhaps your fifth?  Do you have multiple licenses?  May you take courses from a State Board approved provider or can it be from a nationally approved Board?  Do you have a national certification?  What if you get your national certification in the middle of a license cycle?  Do you have any specialties or extra certifications and do they affect your CE requirements?  The list goes on and on.

If you call the Boards you may get different answers from different people.  You may have your call forwarded from office to office and be left a little frustrated.

When State Boards conduct their audits, they select licensees at random and demand proof of CE compliance.  You must collect your continuing education certificates, make copies, and send them to the Board.  If you cannot find your certificates you must immediately contact the educational provider who offered the course and hope that they have a digital copy or duplicate of your certificate.  Then you can only pray that you did not overlook any fine print and that the courses you took actually qualify towards your personal requirements.  If they do not, you will likely be fined and have to pay for and attend additional CE courses.

The Florida CE system

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The Florida Department of Health uses CE Broker as its official tracking system.  This means that we track the continuing education status and progress of every healthcare professional in the state.  We dedicated years to designing and programming the CE Broker system.  No detail could be overlooked.  Our experts had to account for every exception for every profession.  Still the Boards make changes that must be configured into our current software.  Our CE experts dutifully monitor the Boards’ websites for changes to continuing education requirements and maintain a Help Desk so that licensees can get answers with minimal wait time.  We have invested incalculable time and resources into creating and maintaining a system that works efficiently for Florida’s healthcare professionals.  Meanwhile CE Broker does not receive any funding from the Department of Health.

And all benefit!  If your continuing education transcripts are complete in CE Broker you will be exempt from the Dept of Health’s audit even if you are not a subscriber.  You will not have to worry about finding and submitting your certificates or being fined or having to pay for and attend additional CE courses.  Unlike other states where your compliance status has nothing to do with your eligibility to be audited, if you are diligent in completing your CE’s, you will never be audited (with some exceptions – PMD, EMT, CNA do not use CE Broker for their audits even though we do maintain their records).  This applies to almost all licensees in FL whether you are helping to fund the system or not.  CE Broker supports itself with subscription services to individuals and healthcare employers yet we serve all.

Educational providers in Florida report course completions to CE Broker so that FL’s licensees do not have to.  If you are unaware of the CE Broker system but successfully manage to complete your hours with FL approved providers, you will benefit from the audit shield while subscribers fund this unique system.  Again other states do not offer this luxury to their licensees.

So in order to maintain the CE Broker system, it is only fair that all contribute and shoulder their fair share of the costs.  However, CE Broker has always been opposed to forcing all licensees in Florida to contribute and pay for an account (even though this idea was once considered in our formative years).  We believe there is enough value in our subscriptions that a sufficient number of licensees will understand the benefits and voluntarily subscribe.

Many do not understand how complex Florida’s CE requirements are and how much time and energy are expended to program and maintain the system for Florida’s 1 million healthcare professionals.

Our goal is to make disciplinary action against non-compliant licensees a thing of the past.  Our software and CE experts can provide everything that you need to successfully fulfill your continuing education requirements and avoid the DOH audit.  We believe that if every licensee purchased a subscription each year (that’s only $29/year) this goal would be entirely feasible.

Should I Get the CE Broker Free Trial?

The Free Trial offer creates a temporary full access account for healthcare professionals in the CE Broker continuing education system.  With the Free Trial account, you can view the same records that the Florida Department of Health uses when it conducts its audits.  If you are not certain which continuing education credits you still have not yet fulfilled and your license expiration deadline is approaching, the Free Trial can give you the information that you need to become compliant.  The transcript displayed in your account is configured specially for you with respect to your profession, your specialties, and the number of license cycles that you have already completed.  The Free Trial is a one-time offer.

To start your own Free Trial, go to CEBroker.com and click “Get Started” on the homepage.  Then you’ll select your region, enter your license number, and complete the setup process.

CE Broker requires that you enter a valid credit card in order to set up your Free Trial but it will NOT be charged until the day after the Free Trial ends.  You have seven days to cancel the trial and you will receive an email reminding you to cancel if you are not satisfied with the service.  You can cancel the Free Trial from within your account or call the Helpdesk at 1-877-434-6323.

CE Broker gives you the tools you need to stay on top of your continuing education.  The DOH audit can be a painful process and is often accompanied with punitive fees and extra CE requirements.  We do not want this to happen to you and the Free Trial is the perfect first step in avoiding disciplinary action.  Visit CEBroker.com for more info

The History of CE Broker

CE Broker is a continuing education system that was designed by Information Systems of Florida, Inc. (ISF).  CE Broker was developed in 2003 and has been the official tracking database for the Florida Department of Health (DOH) since January 1st, 2004 in accordance with Florida Statute 456.025(7).  Both the Florida Department of Health and the DC Board of Nursing have implemented CE Broker as their official license tracking system.

In 2003 the Florida DOH, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, put out a Request for Proposal for a Continuing Education Tracking System.  The Request for Proposal was offered as a no cost contract.  The Vendor that wins the contract would maintain a database that brings the DOH, educational providers, and licensed healthcare professionals into one location.  The DOH would receive all fees from educational providers who would like to offer courses to licensees, and the Vendor would power an official course search that connects licensees with the approved educational providers.  The Vendor would not receive any funding from the DOH to either develop the software nor to power and maintain the servers for the CE system.  The Vendor would have to create a business plan that would meet all of the DOH’s requirements and allow the company to fund itself.

ISF responded with a unique business plan that would meet all of the DOH’s demands, not requiring any tax payer funding.  The plan included a voluntary subscription offer to healthcare professionals in Florida that would give licensees access to the DOH’s CE tracking information.  Licensees can use the course search and upload continuing education credits for free but would have to subscribe to benefit from the CE management system.  The proposal met the requirements for the no-cost contract and CE Broker was born.

Please visit CEBroker.com for more information 

Small Business Provides Support for Florida’s Healthcare Professionals

CE Broker Releases Free iPhone App

 JACKSONVILLE, Florida (April 14th, 2011) – The healthcare industry is easily one of the most regulated in the state, and often regulations fall upon the shoulders of Florida’s healthcare professionals in the form of new and sometimes confusing continuing education requirements.  One company, CE Broker, has been creating software that can support Florida’s hardworking healthcare professionals and offers many of its services for free.

Although available for download since August 2010, CE Broker has just recently released the official Version 1.0 of their new iPhone app, allowing healthcare professionals licensed by the Florida Department of Health to manage their continuing education requirements on the smart phone.  The CE Broker iPhone app is available for free download at Apple’s iTunes Store.

Licensed healthcare professionals in Florida can use the new iPhone app to check their continuing education compliance status.  “We’ve taken our proven CE management system,” says Brian Solano, Chief Operating Officer at CE Broker, “and simplified it into a handheld version that is easy for healthcare professionals to use.”

The official course search for the Florida Department of Health is also available on the application.  Users can search for approved courses offered by over 4,000 educational providers.  By simply selecting their profession and desired subject area, licensed professionals have access to over 300,000 approved courses right on their smartphone.   “Amidst all the stresses of being a licensed healthcare professional, continuing education should not be one of them,” says Solano.  “CE Broker and its iPhone application will help licensees save time and avoid needless stress.”

CE Broker subscribers may login with their phone and view their official continuing education transcript and course history.  “Smartphones already play an integral role in the lives of many healthcare professionals,” says Solano, “and CE Broker wants to support them with new innovative technologies.”  The app also allows users to conveniently view which courses are still outstanding and search for courses that meet those requirements.  The company hopes that healthcare professionals licensed in Florida will see the benefit of remote access to official transcripts and stay on top of their continuing education requirements.

CE Broker is the official continuing education tracking system for the Florida Department of Health, bringing healthcare boards, educational providers, and licensees’ data together into one system.

If you would like more information on this topic, or to set up an interview with Brian Solano, please call Evan Kell at 904-726-4225 or email Evan at ekell@cebroker.com