NRRTS 'raises the bar'

Sunday, February 27, 2011

TRINIDAD, Colo. - NRRTS is shaking up what it means to be a registrant.

The group announced recently that beginning Jan. 1, 2012, it will begin requiring registrants to complete one continuing education unit (CEU) per year, which represents 10 contact hours.

"In the next two years, you're going to see an effort by NRRTS to really raise the bar and look at all sorts of ways to make sure registrants are best qualified," said Simon Margolis, executive director of NRRTS.

For this year only, registrants have the choice of meeting the new requirement or the old requirement. The old requirement: 15 continuing education credits (CECs), which represent 15 contact hours.

While switching from CECs to CEUs reduces the total number of contact hours required of registrants, the latter formalizes the continuing education process, Margolis said.

"CEUs are awarded by the University of Pittsburgh, RESNA or other organizations accredited to provide CEUs," he said.

NRRTS also offers CEUs through its CELA conference and its webinar series. The series features two, two-hour webinars each month that are free to registrants.

Expect more changes from NRRTS. The group is working on a pilot program that will involve registrants conducting before-and-after surveys and developing outcomes data.