ACNM/CE Application Processing Portal

Welcome to ACNM CE Processing Portal.

On this site, you can submit applications for ACNM Affiliate; Non-profit or For-profit Organization CE programs (Live or Enduring Programs); Annual Subscribers and ACNM Webinar.

Application Fees

ACNM application review fees are nonrefundable or transferable. The review process begins after the review fee is paid in full. The review fee covers the review of a CE activity and does not guarantee the approval of a CE activity. Below are the application fees by activity type.

Submission Criteria

Deadlines for Application

Programs 1-2 hours in length – due 30 days

Programs longer than 2 hours: Due 45 days prior to the program start date.

Due dates ensure notification of program approval status prior to the program’s start date. Incomplete applications (e.g., lack of APA or AMA reference formatting) will delay the approval process. While ACNM’s volunteer CNM/CM reviewers attempt to complete all CE applications prior to their presentation date, program approval prior to the anticipated start date cannot be guaranteed for applications received after specified deadlines. This applies as well to an application submitted prior its deadline but returned to the sponsor due to an incomplete/incorrect submission and the corrected application received once again then sent out for review after the designated deadline.

Session Outline Format

  1. Session Title

    Enter the session title.
  2. Session Length and Pharmacology Minutes (if any)

    Total contact hours (30-minute increments) and pharmacology minutes, if any (15-minute increments) should be specified for each program session based on the formula described in Determining the Number of CEs to be Awarded (page 7). Pharmacology content credit is to be included within total CEs awarded.

    • Contact hours designated as CEs (e.g., 4 CEs equals 4 contact hours)
    • Pharmacology minutes designated as RxCEs (e.g., .25 RxCE equals 15-29 minutes)

    The following activities should not be included when calculating contact hours for CE: breaks, meals, socials (presentation germane to the course during a meal function may be counted); meeting time devoted to business or committee activities, question/answer period >10 minutes per contact hour, announcements, introductions, welcoming speeches, reports, etc.; time for study, travel, assigned reading, or related activities outside the classroom or meeting schedule unless the activity is monitored and/or assessed while being performed or the learning is formally evaluated (e.g., multiple choice test at conclusion of the activity).

  3. Teaching/Delivery Methods

    Examples of teaching methods are lecture, home study, online - live or recorded, and panel discussions.

  4. Learning Objectives

    The learning objectives serve to clearly outline what the participant will learn as a result of attending this session. List three to six objectives (as appropriate) for each 1-hour session. Sessions longer than 1-hour should have sufficient objectives to address all topics covered. Each objective must be stated in terms of learner outcome, i.e., "At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to ....".

  5. Content Outline of Session(s)

    The outline should be relevant to each objective. The outline, objectives, and reference list must support each other and be directly related. For each content area, note the number of minutes designated to cover each of the session’s topics, noting any pharmacology minutes as well.

    The learning objectives should provide a good indication in regard to the level of the content. If the objectives only specify content covered within a basic midwifery education program then the program is not beyond core competencies. In order for a program to go beyond core competencies or to provide updated information, no more than 25% of the session should be a review and/or cover knowledge that has been in practice or can be found in professional literature published more than five years ago.

    If the program consists of more than one session, each session must be presented separate from the others and will be assigned a unique CE number. For example, a program contains three sessions. Session 1 is presented in its entirety, then information for Session 2 and, finally, Session 3.

    To see an example of a content outline look here: Content Outline Example

  6. Reference List

    Each session must include a reference list to support the session topic.

    A majority of the minimum number of required references for a session’s length must have been published in peer-reviewed journals within the last 5 years for a session to be considered. Additional references may include those not meeting the 5-year criteria and/or are from respected professional sources not peer-reviewed. Noted classics will be accepted. Articles published by the presenter may be included.

    All references MUST be cited in either APA or AMA style. This criterion is not optional. Program submissions not meeting the minimum criteria and/or not formatted in APA or AMA style will be returned for correction without review. Once corrected, the program may be returned for review without penalty. Click here for an example of APA and AMA formatting.


    • 1-hour presentation must include a minimum of 6 references (at least 4 of which have been published within the last 5 years in a peer-reviewed journal).
    • 4-hour presentation must include a minimum of 10 references (at least 6 of which have been published within the last 5 years in a peer-reviewed journal).
    • 8-hour presentation must include a minimum of 12 references (at least 7 of which have been published within the last 5 years in a peer-reviewed journal).

    For presentations of a historical nature, discretion of the reviewer is permitted to determine if the literature cited reflects appropriate citations. It is recommended that references are included that have been published in peer-reviewed journals within the last 5 years which are relevant to the presentation, if available. When historical methodology is used, many of the sources in the bibliography date from the period of study. This is often true for many of the primary sources but may also relate to the secondary source material as well. The author should give a clear and comprehensive explanation of the references and their significance to the study so that the reviewer will see that the reference material is relevant and appropriate to the presentation.

    To see an example of a reference list look here: Reference List Format Example

  7. Faculty Bio-sketch

    Examples of faculty include presenters, authors, editors, moderators, etc. If the presenter’s expertise on the topic is evident from the CV, it is acceptable to simply attach the presenter’s CV. However, if the CV does not clearly reflect the presenter’s expertise, a bio-sketch (one page maximum) must be included that describes his/her professional knowledge base, skill, and/or experience related to the topic. The bio-sketch may be submitted in a narrative form and should include the faculty’s credentials, educational background, work experience, research, and publications/presentations relevant to the current topic being presented.

  8. Prior/Other CE Approval

    If any session currently being submitted for approval has received prior approval or approval from another organization, please indicate this below and include the ACNM program number.

  9. Part 9 Other required materials (MUST BE UPLOADED)

    1. Program Evaluation Tool
    2. Certificate of Attendance
    3. Brochure or other promotional material
    4. Mechanism for documenting attendance

    If this submission is part of a multi-session application, please upload additional sessions in the box at the end of the application, using the appropriate titles and information (Parts 1-9).

  10. General Information