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From the Business Office: “What causes delays in processing exam applications and CME registration?”

Waiting until just before a due date causes significant problems for both the practitioner and the Business Office.

In 2008, 16% of examination applications were incomplete or unsatisfactory in some way. Please leave enough time to ensure that NCCAA has time to receive and process your application and inform you of any deficiencies by return mail, so that you have time to correct them and return the completed document to NCCAA before the deadline. Power can fail, computers can crash, mail can go astray, other emergencies occur. Don’t let this happen to you!

CME submissions can be made anytime during the two-year registration period as soon as the credit hours are earned. And yet more than 50% of CME submissions were received in the last 10 days before the due date in 2008, and another 18% were delinquent – received after the June 1st deadline. Since half of the cohorts have CMEs due in any given year, late submissions can cause a log jam and produce delays in updating the website, on which many practice groups depend to verify your certification status. Don’t let this happen you! Plus, you can speed things along by sending in your submission with a 42¢ stamp rather that a $16.50 Express Mail envelope!

Failure to sign and date the Applicant Statement on the second page of the Certifying or CDQ Examination application is the most common reason for an incomplete application. NCCAA must have your signature agreeing to its Rules and Regulations.


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