ACEP Member CME Requirements

Active Members

Every active member must complete 150 hours of CME every three years for continued membership. Sixty of the 150 hours must be ACEP Category I Credit. The other 90 may be AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTMAMA PRA Category 2 CreditTM, or AOA Category 1-A, 1-B, 2-A, or 2-B credits. All 150 hours may be earned through ACEP.

ACEP Category I Credit must meet the following criteria:


  • Awarded AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM by an approved ACCME provider
  • Directly focused on the needs of emergency physicians


Ways to obtain the required 60 hours of ACEP Category I Credit:
  • Approved Live Meetings
  • Approved Enduring Materials
  • Approved Internet Activities

Retroactive ACEP Category I credit may be awarded for live activities that meet the following requirements:

  • Have been awarded AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM by an approved ACCME provider
  • That are directly focused on the needs of emergency physicians
  • That were not approved for ACEP Category I credit prior to the activity date

Ways to obtain the remaining 90 hours of required CME:

Any CME course that has been awarded AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM or AMA PRA Category 2 CreditTM. For more specific information about these two categories please review The Physician's Recognition Award and Credit System, 2010 Revision.

AOA Category 1-A, 1-B, 2-A, or 2-B credits. For more information about these categories please review the CME Guide for Osteopathic Physicians.

Residents and Fellows
Each full year of an RRC-EM or equivalent emergency medicine residency or fellowship will be considered the equivalent of 50 hours of ACEP Category I credit. Full time activity as a resident or fellow for part of a year is accepted as one credit hour per week. During the time the physician is in full-time training in an accredited program, no other credits in any category can be earned for the residency or fellowship training. Additional meetings and activities participated in that are not related to your emergency medicine residency or fellowship may be reported in the appropriate category.

Certification of Compliance

Members are required to maintain their own continuing education records. Shortly before a member's third anniversary of membership, they will be required to notify ACEP of compliance with the CME requirements. The member will be informed via a renewal notice that payment of membership dues on the third anniversary will be accepted as evidence of compliance.

AMA Physician's Recognition Award Interface with ACEP

ACEP categories are parallel with those required by the American Medical Association's Physician's Recognition Award (AMA PRA). The primary difference is that while the AMA accepts educational activities across the broad range of medicine, ACEP accepts only activities related to those aspects of medicine which are directly focused to the needs of emergency physicians.

American Osteopathic Association/ACEP CME Credits

Although ACEP does not have a reciprocal CME agreement with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), ACEP does apply to AOA for approval of all national ACEP educational offerings.

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