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COPM Re-Certification
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To maintain COPM status, COPM professionals must recertify every two years. The recertification supports on-going practice management work experience and professional development. 

Requirements to Re-certify as COPM

  • Current ASCENT member (and payment of a $75 re-certification fee)
    • If not an ASCENT member, payment of $150 non-member assessment fee is required
  • Employed in Otolaryngology

Re-certification can be accomplished one of two ways

  1. Obtain Continuing Education Units (CEUs) OR
  2. Re-take the current exam and receive a passing score.

Re-certification by CEU

  • A CEU is defined as one (1) contact hour of participation in an organized continuing education experience, excluding meals and breaks.
  • CEUs submitted should demonstrate an overall education format representing the COPM competencies:
    • Basic Otolaryngology Knowledge
    • Finance & Accounting
    • Marketing
    • Operations
    • Technology
    • Human Resources
  • It is the designee's responsibility to track and document their CEU activity and enter them into the ASCENT website.
  • COPM designees are encouraged to earn 15 CEUs per year.
  • If not an ASCENT member, but wanting to keep the COPM designation, an annual assessment fee of $150 must be paid to the ASCENT office when submitting the required forms. Contact the ASCENT office for the required forms.
Logging Your CEUs Online
  • Obtain certificate of attendance for each CEU activity. When a certificate of attendance is not made available, obtain documentation of registration, agenda, etc.
  • Log your CEUs on the ASCENT website. Here's how:
    • Login to the website
    • Under My Profile in the blue box, select Manage Profile
    • Under Content & Features, select Professional Development
    • Click the Journal Entries tab
    • Click Add Entry
    • Complete all the fields and be sure to enter the expiration date for your credits or the system won't recognize your credits as being eligible to be a part of your required 30 credits.
      • Re-certification is based on calendar year. If you became COPM certified in 2019 - no matter which month or day - your re-certification is due at the end of 2021. We recommend that you input 12/31/21 as the expiration for the credits you input for this time frame's re-certification.
      • Within the "Attachments" field, please upload any CEU certificate(s) you've received or other documentation supporting your entry.
    • Submit the form once complete
    • Your entry will now be listed on the Journal Entries page
    • Continue adding entries as you receive CEUs. All entries will be reviewed and the status will be changed to "Approved" when the review is complete.
    • Please notify the ASCENT office once all of your CEUs have been entered and you're ready for us to perform a final review and approve your re-certification completion.
    • Upon approval of your re-certification, you will receive an updated COPM certificate. You will then begin the process again to complete your re-certification in another two years.
Pre-Approved CEUs

Various educational firms have been pre-approved for CEUs through the ASCENT for their conferences, publications, subscriptions, seminars, audio conferences, etc. Click here to view the listing.

Re-Certification by Re-Examination

COPM designees may re-take the COPM exam, within one year prior to certification expiration, in lieu of completing CEUs. If your certification expires at the end of 2020, you need to pass the exam in 2020. The exam can be taken at any time throughout the year on your own computer, at your convenience. A passing score must be achieved in order to obtain re-certification. Please contact the ASCENT Office if you would like to take the exam in order to re-certify.

COPM Classes - When to Re-certify

The AOA (now ASCENT) began certifying otolaryngology practice managers in 2005 with the COPM designation, hence 2005 was the first "class" of COPM designees. From 2005 to 2008, the requirement was that re-certification was to be done every five years. In 2009, we made a change to the rule and are now requiring re-certification every two years. Below is a chart to help you understand when you need to re-certify based on the year you originally received your COPM - this is your "class" year. The below chart is a reference and obviously would go on infinitely.

COPM CLASS 1st Re-cert Year 2nd Re-cert Year 3rd Re-cert Year 4th Re-cert Year 5th Re-cert Year
 2005 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018
 2006 2011 2013 2015 2017 2019
 2007 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
 2008 2013 2015 2017 2019 2021
 2009 2011 2013 2015 2017 2019
 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
 2011 2013 2015 2017 2019 2021
 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020 2022
 2013 2015 2017 2019 2021 2023
 2014 2016 2018 2020 2022 2024
 2015 2017 2019 2021 2023 2025
 2016 2018 2020 2022 2024 2026
 2017 2019 2021 2023 2025 2027
 2018 2020 2022 2024 2026 2028




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