Certificant CE Requirements

A Handy Reference Guide To ARCB’s Continuing Education Requirements

ARCB Continuing Education Requirements

ARCB certificants are required to earn 12 hours of continuing education every 2 years following certification.  The 2-year cycle begins at the end of the calendar year of certification. The ARCB annually audits the CE status of certificants. Failure to provide evidence of completion of the CE requirement will result in a “lapsed” status.  Lapsed status must be made current in order to maintain current ARCB referral status.

The 3 ways of earning CE credit are:

  • Independent Study
  • Activities Sponsored by Non-ARCB-approved CE Providers
  • Activities sponsored by ARCB-approved CE providers.

All Independent Studies and Activities Sponsored by Non-ARCB-approved CE Providers must be submitted to ARCB’s Continuing Education Committee (CEC) for approval, along with the application fee.  Several activities, totaling 12 CEs in the 2-year cycle, may be submitted in a single application with a single fee. Forms are located on the ARCB website.

Independent Study

Independent Study is a learning activity designed to expand the scope of current skills and knowledge needed to promote a reflexologist’s technical and professional development beyond the basic preparation for professional work. It is developed and directed by the individual learner acting as provider. The learner may study at his or her own rate and time.  An independent study may include, but is not limited, to such learning activities as carrying out a research project, studying the work of a particular author, writing articles, delivering a lecture, teaching a class, reading articles/books, listening to audio tapes, viewing videotapes, and practicing skills independently.  All independent studies must relate to the field or practice of reflexology in some manner, or contribute to the certificant’s effectiveness as a professional.  The deciding factor for approval is that the certificant clearly articulates what part of the activity continued or enhanced their education and added to what they already knew.

A lecture given more than once, but with a different slant, and delivered to a different audience, or a class taught more than once, but brought up-to-date with new information, can be approved as a separate Independent Study, if the certificant expanded their knowledge base.  Perhaps this time they took a more active part and actually organized the event, instead of just being a participant.  For a repeated activity to count, no matter what it is, the applicant must indicate how it further enhanced their skills, made them grow, or added to their professional practice by always describing in detail what it is that was newly learned.  The deciding factor for approval is that the certificant clearly articulates what part of the activity continued or enhanced their education and added to what they already knew.

The ARCB CE committee will consider granting CE credit for certificants who volunteer reflexology sessions under the following provisions:  The certificant must present a detailed plan of the proposed study, including the specific population to whom sessions will be offered, frequency, duration, and location of sessions, and goals of the study.  The plan should be submitted on the Application for CE Credit for Independent Study Pre-approval Form, and clearly articulate the reasons that the volunteer work should be considered for CE credit for Independent Study.  Volunteer reflexology sessions with the general population, or volunteer reflexology sessions without the framework of an independent study will not be approved.  There is a difference between volunteering and learning.  Working on people in the same way doesn’t count.  The deciding factor for approval is that the certificant clearly articulates what part of the activity continued or enhanced their education and added to what they already knew.

ARCB certificants who are reflexology teachers may submit for consideration up to 12 hours of Independent Study continuing education every 2 years for the initial planning and curriculum development of a new reflexology class.  The class may be designed to be taught in person, distance, or by media.  Certificants must be able to document activities that contribute to their own reflexology practice and/or to the advancement of the field of reflexology.  Granting CE requests will adhere to current standards for CE approval by ARCB’s Continuing Education Committee.

ARCB certificants may submit for consideration up to 12 hours of Independent Study continuing education every 2 years for active participation with state or national reflexology boards or associations (e.g. working on committees).  Certificants must be able to document specific activities that contribute to their own reflexology practice and/or to the advancement of the field of reflexology.  For a repeated activity to count, no matter what it is, the applicant must indicate how it further enhanced their skills, made them grow, or added to their professional practice by always describing in detail what it is that was newly learned.  The deciding factor for approval is that the applicant clearly articulates what part of the activity continued or enhanced their education and added to what they already knew. Granting CE requests will adhere to current standards for CE approval by ARCB’s Continuing Education Committee.

To obtain approval for an Independent Study, the Application for CE Credit for Independent Study Pre-approval Form should be completed and submitted to the CEC, along with the applicable fee, and received by the CEC no less than 6 weeks before the CE requirement is due. The CEC will approve, defer approval pending further information, or deny approval of the proposed independent study, in a timely manner.  After receipt of CEC approval, the certificant must complete the Independent Study by December 31 of the year the CE requirement is due.  The certificant must clearly articulate, in the Independent Study Pre-approval Form, what the independent study is designed to teach, how it will be conducted, and how the study will enrich their reflexology practice or their growth as a professional.

Failure to submit the Application for CE Credit for Independent Study Pre-approval Form prior to the completion of the Independent Study will not automatically result in a denial of approval, but its submission is highly recommended.  Without pre-approval, the certificant risks that the completed study will not be approved.  After the completion of the Independent Study, the certificant must submit the Application for CE Credit for Independent Study Verification after Pre-approval Form with verification that the study has been completed, how the number of requested CEs were computed, and a detailed summary of the study, including an evaluation of how well the goals were met, what the certificant learned from conducting the study, and how the study has contributed to their reflexology continuing education.  The CEC will approve, defer approval pending further information, or deny approval of the completed Independent Study, in a timely manner.  Forms are located on the ARCB website.

Activities Sponsored by Non-ARCB-approved CE Providers

Certificants may also request continuing education hours for activities sponsored by non-ARCB-approved CE providers. Non-ARCB approved providers are providers who have not applied directly to the ARCB for continuing education provider status.  All activities sponsored by non-ARCB-approved providers must relate to the field or practice of reflexology in some manner, or contribute to the certificant’s effectiveness as a professional, in order to meet CEC approval.  Non-ARCB-approved provider activities may include, but are not limited to, training where there is a specific reflexology focus (e.g., pain management, use of reflexology during maternity or with cancer patients), an integrative focus (e.g., cranial-sacral reflexology, reflexology and Chinese Medicine theory, aromatherapy, reiki), or a focus that contributes to the certificant’s effectiveness as a professional (e.g., first aid, marketing, finance for businesses) Classes/workshops taught in another country may be submitted for approval.  Continuing education may include distance learning (tele-classes, on-line classes, direct-mail classes). The certificant must clearly articulate how the activity is expected to enrich their reflexology practice.

To obtain approval for activities sponsored by non-ARCB-approved CE providers, the Application for CE Credit for Non-ARCB-Approved Activity Pre-approval Form should be completed and submitted to the CEC, along with the applicable fee, and received by the CEC no less than 6 weeks before the CE requirement is due.  The certificant must clearly explain the goals of the activity and how it is expected to enrich their reflexology practice.  After receipt of CEC approval, the certificant must complete the Independent Study by December 31 of the year the CE requirement is due.  Failure to submit the Application for CE Credit for Non-ARCB-Approved Activity Pre-approval Form prior to the completion of the activity will not automatically result in a denial of approval, but its submission is highly recommended.  Without pre-approval, the certificant risks that the completed activity will not be approved. After the completion of the activity, the certificant must submit the Application for CE Credit for Non-ARCB-Approved Activity Verification after Pre-approval Form with verification that the activity has been completed, verification of the number of CE hours earned, and a detailed summary of the activity, including an evaluation of how well the goals were met, what the certificant learned from the activity, and how the activity has contributed to their reflexology continuing education.  The CEC will approve, defer approval pending further information, or deny approval of the completed activity, in a timely manner.  Forms are located on the ARCB website.

CEC approved Independent Study and/or activities sponsored by non-ARCB CE approved providers may be used as often as desired during a 2-year period to meet a portion of, or all, the number of required continuing education hours.

Activities Sponsored by ARCB-approved CE Providers

Certificants may earn a portion of or all, continuing education hours in activities sponsored by ARCB- approved CE providers, and there are no associated application and application fee requirements. Certificants are not required to submit verification of CEs earned with ARCB-approved providers to the ARCB office unless requested to do so during the auditing process.

Attestations

Each year, all ARCB certificants who have not received approval for completed Independent Studies and/or Activities Sponsored by Non-ARCB-approved CE Providers, and whose 2-year CE cycle has just ended, will be required to submit an attestation form to ARCB certifying that they have completed the 12 CE hours required in the just-completed 2-year cycle. Failure to make and return the attestation form to ARCB will result in a “lapsed” status. Lapsed status must be made current in order to maintain current ARCB referral status.  Certificants who have completed Independent Studies and/or Activities Sponsored by Non-ARCB-approved CE Providers in the 2-year cycle, but who have not submitted them to the ARCB CEC committee, must do so at once, along with the appropriate form and fee, along with the attestation form.

Certificants who have completed their CE requirement by attending activities sponsored by ARCB-approved CE Providers must complete and return the attestation form to ARCB, but verification should not be attached.  Each year, a random sampling of these certificants will be required to submit verification of the activities.  Failure to submit the verification to ARCB, if it is requested, will result in a “lapsed” status. Lapsed status must be made current in order to maintain current ARCB referral status.