TOTA Continuing Education Review Committee (TOTA CERC)

The TOTA Continuing Education Review Committee (CERC) is a sub-committee of the TOTA Education Committee, it consists of a pool of trained reviewers who are occupational therapy assistants and occupational therapists from an array of educational and practice settings. The CERC members evaluate the compliance and quality of CE offerings to occupational therapy practitioners in Texas. The TOTA Approved Provider Program (TOTA APP) assures that continuing education offered by TOTA Approved Providers is relevant to occupational therapy practitioners in the state of Texas and corresponds with criteria for continuing education described by the Texas   Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners (TBOTE, Occupational Therapy Rules Chapter 367 Continuing Education).

Qualifications for TOTA CERC

The Continuing Education Review Committee (CERC) that works under the guidance of the Executive Director, the State Education Chair and the Education Committee to review applications of prospective approved providers to assure quality of CE offerings.

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:
1. Be a current or retired TOTA member.
2. Hold active or retired license with TBOTE in good standing.
3. Have a minimum of 5 years of clinical experience in the designated area of practice (CV submission required).
4. May serve concurrently on TOTA Board or another TOTA committee.

The TOTA Continuing Education Review Committee Terms and Responsibilities:
The TOTA CERC members work in teams of two. The term is 3 years with a maximum of 2 terms served. The CERC teams are assigned to review the CE applications according to their professional expertise in the following practice areas as displayed on TOTA website – Children & youth, Health & wellness, Mental health, Productive aging, Rehabilitation & disability, Work and industry, Manage your practice, Evidence-based practice & research, Ethics, Occupational Therapy assistants.

Ideally, we would like to start with one team of 2 members for each practice area initially, then recruit and train more teams as we have established the consistent review process and criteria. The initial CERC members will collaborate with the Executive Director, State Education Chair,  Education Committee to develop policies and procedures for TOTA APP, establish clear and consistent criteria for evaluating CE applications to ensure high quality of CE course offerings and they meet TBOTE CE guidelines.

Other responsibilities:
1. Assists in reviewing TOTA Conference proposals.
2. Assists in developing guidelines in reviewing conference proposals.

Time Commitment:
The CERC members are required to 1) complete the required orientation and training (online), 2) evaluate the online CE applications as assigned within the required time frame  3) participate in ongoing CE evaluation process and improvement. The CERC members are required to meet at least annually in person, online, or by phone for feedback and continuous improvements.

Interested in joining CERC?
TOTA is currently seeking members for CERC. As a part of the TOTA strategic priorities to improve the efficiency and quality of the CE approval program and process, the Continuing Education Committee has established the guidelines and consistent process for the CERC. Qualified occupational therapy practitioners are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

CE Evaluator Application