The two most important reasons to re-certify are your career and yourself. Because as the field of Animal Naturopathy and its many natural care modalities continues to gain acceptance, more and more people enter the profession every year. This means more competition. By re-certifying, you distinguish yourself as an accomplished professional committed to improving your skills and your knowledge.
The American Council of Animal Naturopathy (ACAN) requires that each animal naturopath, animal health coach or nutritionist who is Certified; as such be re-certified every year. The re-certification requirements are designed such that animal naturopaths continue to expand their knowledge in the field of natural animal health.
At the conclusion of each year cycle, (July 31st) certificants must meet the re-certification requirements that include:
- Completion of a minimum of 60 learning Units or 30 hours of continuing education.
- Adherence to the ACAN Code of Ethics and state registration regulations for the practice of animal naturopathy, if applicable.
- Payment of annual re-certification fee of $79.00
Continuing Education Guidelines:
CEUs are defined as those courses, webinars or activities that require some form of outcome measure (i.e. examination, self-assessment, etc.).
Continuing Education activities must be those directed toward professionals in the field of natural animal care and must focus on increasing knowledge and skills in the practice of one or more chosen modality or study from A.C.A.N. or our approved providers.
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Regulations & Limitations Governing CE Hours and Documentation:
ACAN allows certificants to earn re-certification credit by participating in a variety of activities. It is the responsibility of the certificant to obtain documentation from the sponsor of the activity or from an ACAN approved provider that verifies participation in all continuing education activities that are to be used for re-certification credit.
ACAN tracks continuing education in learning units or CE hours Learning units are defined as the amount of actual time spent in direct participation in a structured educational format as a learner (or educator), exclusive of breaks, meals and other non-educational events. An activity needs to be at least sixty minutes in length in order to be used towards re-certification credit. Fractions of hours should be rounded down to the nearest half an hour.
Activities sponsored by and/or approved by ACAN approved providers must meet ACAN re-certification requirements. Activities sponsored by non-approved providers may qualify for re-certification credit if they meet ACAN continuing education guidelines.
Natural Animal Care Courses:
There is no limit on the number of hours that may be used for re-certification credit by completing and passing full courses. Certificants shall not have taken the course previously unless they can demonstrate that there has been a substantial change in the course content since they first took the course. A transcript or grade report from the educational organization is required for documentation. A Special Review Form or Certificate of Completion (with number of learning units or CE hours) must be completed and be submitted for the courses being used for re-certification credit. The letter or certificate must include the name of the course, the starting and ending dates of the course, the number of credits awarded for completion of the course for a grade, and confirmation that the certificant attended the class on a regular basis.
Conferences, Seminars or Workshops:
There is no limit on the number of hours that may be used for re-certification credit by participating in conferences, webinars or workshops. Teleconferences that feature an interactive format that allows participants to have the opportunity to communicate directly with the instructor, or have a facilitator present can be used for re-certification credit. A certificate, letter, or transcript from the sponsor verifying your participation is required for documentation.
Distance Learning Activities:
There is no limit on the number of hours that may be taken by participating in distance learning activities. These activities include journal and computer-based instructional programs as well as other types of distance learning such as educational platforms, teleconferences and video-conferences without an interactive format. Distance learning activities must require an examination or documentation of learning outcomes in order to qualify for re-certification credit with A.C.A.N. A certificate or letter from the sponsor or a transcript from the approved provider verifying the successful completion of the activity is required for our documentation.
The maximum credit that is allowed per article publication in a year-to-year certification period is 10 learning units. Credit may also be claimed for the authoring and the one time publication of an animal naturopathy related chapter in an edited book, or a published book of 15 learning units. The document or published book must have been written since the beginning date of the certification period during which credit is claimed. Required documentation for publication credit is a copy of the cover page of the article or book. Required documentation for a chapter in an edited book is a copy of the table of contents. A Special Review Form must be completed for publications.
The maximum credit that is allowed for teaching activities in the year-to-year certification period is 20 learning units. Teaching activities such as academic instruction, presentations at professional meetings, or the provision of other types of instructional programs are eligible for re-certification credit. A particular presentation may be used only once in a three-year period. A letter from the sponsor or a professional colleague which includes the course title, course description, description of the target audience, dates and the number of clock hours instruction took place, and a summary of the evaluations from the event are the required documentation for teaching programs.
Process for Re-certification:
Upon being granted certification, certificants are sent information regarding the re-certification requirements and instructions to maintain continuing education records. Certificants are encouraged to make up a Continuing Education Tracking Form on which to record the continuing education activities that they take to fulfill the 30 learning units requirement during the year-to-year certification period. Maintaining and recording accurate records of continuing education is the certificant’s responsibility. The recording form and all documentation should be retained by certificants.
Certificants will be required to submit their Continuing Education Tracking Form along with copies of documentation, certificates, diplomas, etc. verifying participation in activities along with a signed statement that attests that they have conducted their animal naturopathic practice in accordance the ACAN Code of Ethics and they have met the continuing education re-certification requirement. No animal naturopath, animal health coach or animal nutrition consultant certified by ACAN will be re-certified without receipt of this signed document. Certificants who are unable to complete the re-certification continuing education requirement due to extenuating circumstances should contact A.C.A.N. as soon as possible.
It is your responsibility to renew your certification on time to avoid your certification being cancelled. You must complete the required number of Continuing Education Learning Units during your annual certification period. Each individual who is certified is responsible for maintaining and keeping their own records of Continuing Education Learning Units earned.
Re-certification is $79.00 per year.
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Scan and email copies of proof of continuing education to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mail to:
The American Council of Animal Naturopathy
P.O. Box 15505
Rio Rancho, NM 87174-5505
NOTE: A.C.A.N. Certified Animal Naturopaths, Animal Health Coaches and practitioners certified in animal naturopathy or nutrition do not provide medical diagnosis, prescribe medications or perform surgical procedures. A.C.A.N. expects Certified Animal Naturopaths and those certified in animal naturopathy only provide the professional services set out in the Scope of Practice and strictly adhere to the Code of Ethics identified on this website. A.C.A.N. cannot be held responsible for anyone not acting within the Scope of Practice or not adhering to the Code of Ethics herein.
Notification of Re-certification:
Once the re-certification material has been reviewed, certificants will be notified as to whether their re-certification has been approved, deferred or denied. When it is determined that all of the requirements for re-certification have been met, re-certification will be granted for another one year period. If re-certification is deferred, the specific reason(s) for that action will be made available to the certificant in writing. Certificants who have their re-certification deferred will be given thirty days to submit additional material. If the certificant does not respond within thirty days, certification will not be renewed and their listing on the website, blog and newsletter will be removed. If the certificant has not met the re-certification requirements, re-certification will not be granted. In addition, if it is determined that the certificant has provided false or misleading information when applying for re-certification, members of the board may deny re-certification.
Questions regarding the re-certification process and continuing education:
Please submit your questions by:
Or in writing to:
American Council of Animal Naturopathy
P.O. Box 15505
Rio Rancho, NM 87174-5505
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The ACAN does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, ethnic ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition or physical disability.