Healthcare Ethics Consultation Certification Renewal Requirements

Any HEC‐C interested in maintaining certified status must demonstrate specified levels of knowledge, skills, and ability not only at the time of initial certification but throughout your professional career. Therefore, certification must be renewed every five years. The three options for renewal include the following:

Path 1: Complete 200 hours of healthcare ethics consultation experience within the 5‐year certification period and pass the examination within one year prior to the certification expiration date.

Path 2: Complete 40 hours of specified professional activities within the 5‐year certification period and pass the examination within one year prior to the certification expiration date.

Path 3: Complete 200 hours of healthcare ethics consultation experience and complete 40 hours of specified professional activities within the 5‐year certification period.

All healthcare ethics consultation experience and specified professional activity hours must relate to the major domains of the HEC‐C content outline. Each renewal path also requires completion of an application and payment of a renewal fee. The renewal fees will be commensurate with certification application fees. All applicants must show proof of healthcare ethics consultation experience and/or specified professional activities upon request. For more information about renewing your healthcare ethics consultation certification, visit the frequently asked questions page.

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Definitions

Healthcare Ethics Consultation Experience

Professional healthcare ethics consultation work you have performed throughout the 5‐year certification period that relates to the major domains of the HEC‐C content outline.

Specified Professional Activities

Specified professional activities include both 1) qualifying continuing professional education and 2) other specified professional activities as defined by the HCEC Certification Commission.

1) Qualifying Continuing Professional Education

Any continuing professional education offered by any professional entity that addresses content related to the domains and tasks outlined in the HEC‐C Content Outline; the program provider must offer credit from an accredited sponsor (e.g. ACCME, ANCC, NASW, ACPE).

2) Other Specified Professional Activities

The following list of specified professional activities must contribute to the practice of Healthcare Ethics Consulting and the majority of the content must be related to the domains and tasks in the HEC‐C Content Outline. Each method has specific criteria and, in each case, the majority content must map to domains and tasks on the HEC‐C examination content outline:

  • Academic course work: work for which one receives postsecondary academic credit that addresses at least one domain of the HEC-C examination content outline (auditing of a course does not qualify). Coursework can be at the graduate or undergraduate level. Applicants may claim up to 1 hour per classroom hour up to a maximum of 10 hours per course.
  • Academic instruction: lead instruction for a class or course offered for academic credit at the post‐secondary level that that addresses at least one domain of the HEC-C examination content outline. Applicants may claim up to 1 hour per classroom hour up to a maximum of 10 hours per original course.
  • Professional presentation: an original presentation that addresses at least one domain of the HEC-C examination content outline, given upon acceptance after a peer‐review process at a meeting or conference of a professional organization. Applicants may claim a minimum of 0.25 hours and a maximum of 2 hours per unique presentation, including the time to prepare for the presentation and the actual presentation delivery. Hours claimed must each represent presentation of unique content and not a repeat presentation of previously presented content.
  • Institutional-based presentation: an original presentation that addresses at least one domain of the HEC-C examination content outline, given within an institution or medical center and has been approved for continuing education credit from an accredited sponsor (e.g. ACCME, ANCC, NASW, ACPE). Examples include Grand Rounds, critical care conferences, and institutional lectures. Applicants may claim a minimum of 0.25 hours and a maximum of 2 hours per unique presentation, including the time to prepare for the presentation and the actual presentation delivery. Hours claimed must each represent presentation of unique content and not a repeat presentation of previously presented content.
  • Publication activities: original manuscript published or accepted for publication that addresses at least one domain of the HEC-C examination content outline. To qualify, a manuscript must be a journal article or text book. Applicants may claim a maximum of 5 hours of time per unique publication.
  • Editorial Services: service as an editor, editorial board member, or peer reviewer for a journal or textbook that addresses at least one domain of the HEC-C examination content outline. Applicants may claim up to 10 hours per year for service as an editor or editorial board member based on actual time served, and up to 1 hour per article or text book chapter peer reviewed.

Applicants may not count individual qualifying activities as both HEC experience and specified professional activity hours.

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