Career growth and continuous learning are crucial for staying up-to-date in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry. One way to stand out and elevate your career is as a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). It’s a journey that requires dedication and commitment to fulfilling necessary work experience, education, and examination requirements.
In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to help you navigate the path to CCEP certification and empower you to enhance your professional standing as you contribute to the growth and success of your organization.
Why Become a CCEP?
CCEP certification demonstrates your dedication to ethical practices and compliance within the healthcare industry. Through the certification process, you acquire the latest knowledge and best practices in compliance and ethics, transforming you into a valuable asset for your organization, while ensuring you remain current with industry developments.
As a certified professional, you may find yourself with expanded career opportunities, including promotions and higher salary potential. Good employers value, recognize, and reward professionals with specialized knowledge in compliance and ethics — particularly in a heavily regulated industry such as healthcare.
And, like so many other certifications, CCEP also enhances your professional credibility and reputation among peers. Achieving CCEP certification enables you to connect with other certified professionals, fostering a supportive environment for networking and collaboration. These connections can lead to new opportunities and partnerships, and contribute to your career growth.
Strengthening Your Organization With CCEPs
By employing CCEPs, organizations can significantly reduce the risk of non-compliance, fines, and reputational damage. These certified professionals possess the expertise needed to identify potential areas of concern and develop effective strategies to address them.
Moreover, having CCEPs on staff signals an organization’s commitment to ethical practices and compliance, which can boost trust from patients, partners, and regulators, ultimately resulting in improved overall performance.
CCEPs also play a crucial role in fostering a culture of compliance and ethics within the organization, positively influencing employee behavior. This leads to better decision-making and a more robust work environment for everyone involved.
Navigating the Path to CCEP Certification
When you become a CCEP, you’re making an investment in your career and the organization you serve. To help you navigate the certification process, we’ve outlined the essential steps to achieve this prestigious designation.
By following these guidelines, you’ll enhance your professional skills and foster a culture of ethical practices and compliance within your organization.
1. Satisfy Work Prerequisites
To apply for a Compliance Certification Board (CCB) examination, you must fulfill necessary work experience requirements as a Compliance Professional. This entails having at least one year in a full-time compliance position or 1,500 hours of direct compliance job duties earned in the two years preceding your application date. Your job duties must directly relate to the tasks outlined in the “Detailed Content Outline” of the CCB Candidate Handbook.
If you’re a student, your path begins a little differently. You’ll be required to have completed a certificate program from a CCB-accredited university within the last two years to be exempt from the work experience requirement. You can apply for a CCB certification examination and take the exam within 12 months of completing the CCB-accredited university program.
2. Fulfill CEU Requirements
To apply for a CCB examination, you must earn and submit 20 CCB-approved continuing education units (CEUs). At least 10 CEUs should come from “live” trainings or events, such as face-to-face training sessions or real-time web conferences. You must also earn your CEUs within the 12 months preceding the examination date.
The CCB accepts relevant CEUs from any organization or event sponsor, and you’re not required to attend Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) or Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) events exclusively to earn your CEUs. However, CCB does not award CEUs for networking, social activities, breaks, meals, or non-instructional activities like question-and-answer sessions. Direct job-related duties or functions are also not eligible for CEU submission.
Here are some ways to earn CEUs:
- Attend SCCE and HCCA events or those hosted by other organizations
- Enroll in accredited university courses related to compliance
- View live or recorded webinars by SCCE, HCCA, or another organization
- Complete manual quizzes or book quizzes
- Present at an SCCE or HCCA event, or one hosted by another organization
- Publish an article, blog post, or guest comment on SCCE or HCCA’s social networks
- Review reports on Medicare Compliance, Research Compliance, and Patient Privacy
* Remember that this list is a guideline and may change over time. Once a CCB certification specialist reviews your submissions, CEU values or types may be adjusted.
3. Verify Requirements and Submit Your Application
After ensuring you meet all candidacy requirements, complete and submit the exam application and the appropriate testing fee. Make sure your application is complete and legible before submission. Additionally, include documentation of your 20 CCB CEUs if they still need to be added to CCB, and remember to submit the fee.
4. Schedule and Take Your Exam
After accepting your application, CCB will send you an examination eligibility confirmation, including your eligibility end date. You’ll receive a confirmation email with the examination date, start time, and reporting instructions. The scheduling process considers religious or government-recognized holidays specific to your country or location.
Two formats are available for the exam:
- Computer-Based Test (CBT) through PSI: You can complete the application online or use the paper form provided in the Candidate Handbook.
- Paper and Pencil Examination at an SCCE or HCCA event: Complete the online exam application or fill out the application specific to the event you attend.
On examination day, prepare to complete the 120-question test. For the CCEP examination, you’ll have two hours; the CCEP-I examination allows two and a half hours. Out of the 120 questions, 100 are scored. The examination is administered in English only.
5. You Passed! Now What?
After completing the exam, review your “Score Report” to determine whether you passed. Depending on the exam format and location, the delivery of your Score Report may vary.
If you pass the exam, congratulations! Your certification is valid for two years, and you can now use the CCEP designation in your professional communication materials. CCB will mail you an official certificate and other documents within four weeks of your exam.
Set Yourself Up for Success
Hopefully you’ve passed the exam, but if not you can try a total of two times within 180 days. You’ll also want to take what you’ve learned and put it into practice. Using compliance software may be just what you need to take your organization’s compliance to the next level.