What are NCBTMB’s guidelines for Live Courses and/or Distant Learning?

What are NCBTMB’s guidelines for Live Courses and/or Distant Learning?

Live courses are defined as courses that are taken by participants in the presence of an instructor. The instructor distributes the information to participants via lecture, video and discussions. Participants must attend 100% of the course to receive a Certificate of Completion. The instructor may wish to test students using a written exam or practical. If a test is given to participants the provider should distribute Certificates of Achievement. If the participants must sit in class for 100% of the time but no test is given, the provider should distribute Certificates of Completion.

  • The course content must be within NCBTMB’s stated acceptable content
  • The course content must be more advanced that core curriculum guidelines.
  • Learning objectives must be fully described and available to the participant.
  • The number of CE hours must be clearly defined and each course may not over or understate the number of CE hours each course is worth.

Distant Learning is defined as courses that are held in a distant location but there is direct communication during the course between the instructor and participants. Communication between the instructor and participants may be by phone, interactive webinar or website. All of the criteria for live courses is replicated in webinars.

If a webinar is recorded and offered as a home study a test must be created to and adherence to home study criteria must be followed.