The Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction requires that all accredited reconstructionists accrue eighty (80) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) within a five-year period after passing the examination in order to be eligible for renewal of their accreditation.
A passing grade on the exam rewards the participant with
a five year accreditation time period. During the five year period an individual must accrue a total of 80 CEUs (Continuing Education Units). Upon accrual of the required number of CEUs, the individual submits an Accreditation Renewal Form along with a renewal fee of $250.00 (effective September 1, 2013).
An accredited reconstructionist may renew early, or prior to the expiration of their five year period, any time after they accrue the required 80 CEUs by completing a Renewal Form. Upon renewal, a new accreditation period begins and the five year CEU accrual clock is reset.
One frequently asked question regarding accreditation
renewal is: "Should I renew my accreditation early or wait until the end of the five-year accreditation period?" The answer may depend upon your ability to accrue CEUs.
If you foresee attending training courses for which CEUs are likely to be offered and you already possess the 80 CEUs required for reaccreditation, you may wish to renew early so that the upcoming course CEUs will be credited to the next renewal period. CEUs, in excess of the required 80, are not transferrable between renewal periods. Upon renewal the CEU count is reset to zero.
Obtaining CEUs -
Individuals can obtain CEUs by attending training events that are ACTAR CEU eligible. ACTAR CEU eligible events are those that have been submitted to ACTAR on a Group CEU Application by the sponsoring organization.
Other training events that have relevance to motor vehicle collision reconstruction that were not submitted to ACTAR by the sponsor, may be submitted using an Individual CEU Application.
Generally, one CEU is awarded for each complete hour devoted to a training or lecture topic. The sponsoring or presenting organization for the course or program shall submit a detailed schedule (example shown here) specifically denoting the hours spent in class or lecture. A general Course outline will not be accepted. CEU credit is not granted for courses or programs completed prior to the individual attaining accreditation.
It is the responsibility of the organizer or presenter of the training course, seminar or program to request CEU approval, submit all applicable fees and forward a list of those in attendance who seek CEU credit.
Organizers are encouraged to submit a Group CEU Application for approval prior to presenting the course or program. This speeds the process of crediting the CEUs to the individual participants who attend the event. The Group CEU Application fee is $50.00. An additional fee of $5.00 for each participant who successfully completes the course or program and is seeking award of CEUs is required. The $5.00 per participant fee is waived for programs which are sponsored or presented by one of the twenty-three ACTAR Participating Organizations.
Educational institutions or other organization that present recurring courses may obtain continuous CEU approval. The presenter need only submit a course curriculum once and request continuing approval. CEU eligibility will be determined for that course and will remain in effect until such time as there is a change in the curriculum. Institutions or organizations who obtain continuous CEU approval are required to submit a $50.00 course fee plus a $5.00 per participant fee for each participant who seeks CEU credit for each event presented for award of CEUs. If no participants seek CEU credit, no fees are due.
Traditional Education and Field
Related Training -
Accredited individuals may be awarded CEUs for successful completion of traditional college courses, accident investigation courses, seminars, or related subject matter not presented in connection with ACTAR pre-approval.
Traditional education, college courses, etc., which include accident reconstruction or field-related topics, can be qualified for CEUs. Related courses will be evaluated by the ACTAR CEU Committee on a case-by-case basis for CEU eligibility. Acquiring CEUs outside of pre-approved methods requires that the requestor submit an Individual CEU Application, detailed schedule, course curriculum or detailed outline. After eligibility is determined, CEUs will be awarded upon payment of a fee of $5.00 per CEU (effective September 1, 2013).
CEUs by Teaching -
Individuals teaching accident investigation or reconstruction
related courses may acquire up to 25% of the required 80 CEUs (20 CEUs per 5-year period). CEUs for instructing are awarded at the rate of 1 CEU per instructional hour. Teaching a 20-hour course can provide the instructor with a total of 20 CEUs. Individuals seeking CEU credit for instructing courses must submit an Individual CEU Application, a detailed course curriculum outline and schedule. After eligibility is determined, CEUs will be awarded upon payment of a fee of $5.00 per CEU (effective September 1, 2013).
Reaccreditation without CEUs -
Individuals may waive the acquisition of CEUs and reaccredit by successfully retaking the complete ACTAR exam. The formal application process will not be required, however, the fee for taking the exam is $250.00, the same as the renewal fee.
CEUs Through Publication -
Research or technical papers applicable to accident investigation or reconstruction prepared by the accredited individual may be eligible for up to CEUs. This provides the opportunity for the accredited reconstructionist to provide test data or other analysis to the field as well as being 'published' in the field.
Some limiting conditions are:
- Maximum 20 CEUs awarded by this method per five-year accreditation period)
- Papers are required to be submitted a minimum of 120 days before the applicant's scheduled renewal date.
- If no third party copyrights prohibit it, the author agrees to allow ACTAR rights to publish and/or distribute the paper.
How Many CEUs Do I Have? -
CEU credit is typically recorded in an individual's file as soon as the ACTAR Administrator receives notification from the sponsoring or presenting organization that the individual successfully completed an approved course.
In the past, most delays dealing with the award of CEUs have been associated with the submitting organization or entity's delay in reporting the event to ACTAR. It is very important that organizers or presenters of programs or courses seeking CEU credit submit the required applications, fees and rosters in a timely manner.
If you would like to check the balance of your CEU account, send a message to the ACTAR Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confused? Have questions? -
If you have questions or need additional information regarding reaccreditation or the CEU process, call or write the ACTAR office or send a message to the ACTAR Administrator: email@example.com.
Updated: September 3, 2013