CTRs whose Continuing Education (CE) cycle ends December 31, 2020 are required to submit their CE’s by January 31, 2021. CTRs must complete a minimum of 20 hours of CEs to maintain a certified status. The required 20 CEs keep CTRs current on new developments in the field of oncology and registry data management. At least four (4) of the required 20 CE hours must fall within "Category A" which covers the specific topic(s) of: directly assigned stage, EOD, and/or site specific coding principles. CEs must be completed within your CE cycle dates and submission of the reported hours by the January 31 deadline are a requirement to maintain your CTR credential. CEs submitted after the deadline are subject to a late-filing fee. Please allow up to six weeks for the complete review of CE submissions and notification of your credential status.
Unable to comply with the requirements? Consider options of an extension or a retirement. View your options.
2020 CE Cycle: 01/01/2019 - 12/31/2020
New CTRs: Your first CE Cycle started when you passed the exam - either in March 2018, in June/July 2018, or in October/November 2018.
CE Cycle end date = December 31, 2020
Deadline to Submit CEs: January 31, 2021. Submissions after this date are subject to a late-filing fee and possible credential revocation.
2021 CE Cycle: 01/01/2020 - 12/31/2021
New CTRs: Your first CE Cycle started when you passed the exam - either in March 2019, in June/July 2019, or in October/November 2019.
CE Cycle end date = December 31, 2021
Deadline to Submit CEs: January 31, 2022. Submissions after this date are subject to a late-filing fee and possible credential revocation.
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Phone: 703-299-6640 Ext. 315
Fax: 703-299-6620/Attn: CE Department
20 = minimum # of required CEs completed within your cycle. At least four (4) of the 20 CEs must be Category A CEs.
To be eligible for CE clock hours, an activity must - as the name suggests - continue your education as a certified cancer registry professional.
The activity must:
Learn more about eligibility of specific educational activities and restrictions.
For additional guidance on CE submissions, reference the CTR Continuing Education Handbook.
Supporting documentation of completed CEs is required for CTRs granted an extension. Documentation should be submitted to NCRA by the CE Cycle deadline. If a CTR is unable to provide required documentation of CEs, then their credential is revoked due to non-compliance.
A portion of the total CEs owed to NCRA at the CTRs next CE Cycle after back-to back excused CE cycles are required to be submitted early. Specifically, 50% of the total CEs are due within the first year of the CTR’s next CE Cycle. If a CTR is unable to provide required CEs, then their credential is revoked due to non-compliance.
Cancer registrars are data information specialists that capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the U.S. The curated data provides essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research, and improve cancer prevention and screening programs. Learn more about how to become a cancer registrar and how cancer registry data is used to improve public health.
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