Unlike individual providers, who submit each individual course for approval, Accredited Providers’ courses are presumptively approved during the accreditation year – except for professional responsibility hours, which are reviewed by the Commission on Professionalism.
Because attorneys rely on Accredited Provider status to plan their CLE activities, the status comes with critical responsibilities beyond those of an individual provider. These include but are not limited to:
- Enter all courses eligible for CLE into PCAM, regardless of course location, delivery method, or Illinois attorney participation
- Submit an Annual Report and correct annual fee at the end of each accreditation year
- Hold courses only up to the assigned fee category limit or pay the difference in annual fees
- Issue CLE credit only for courses which meet the standards of Rule 795(a)
- Obtain pre-approval for six hour Basic Skills courses if the provider will offer these courses
Because Accredited Providers’ programs are presumptively approved and Illinois attorneys earn CLE in many places, every course offered for CLE must be entered into PCAM, regardless of its location, delivery method, or audience. As provider size increases, so does this task.
An Accredited Provider should build its course list over the entire accreditation year (1/1 to 12/31 or 7/1 to 6/30), which makes the required tasks of reporting quarterly attendance and completing your annual report more manageable. 7/1/2012 - 6/30/2013 Annual Report Reminder emailed 5/31/2013.
Attendance reports and applicable fees, also done in PCAM, are due on the 15th of the month after each calendar quarter’s end (April, July, October, and January), and require a complete course list.
Your course list also makes up much of your annual report, due one month after the year ends. Waiting until the end to enter all your courses makes it harder to meet this deadline, which delays your accreditation decision for the next year.
Last, Basic Skills courses must be submitted in PCAM for approval prior to offering them. For Accredited Providers, these are the only courses not presumptively approved.