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What documents must be submitted when completing an individual course application?

To accredit a course or activity, the course provider must submit an application using the Board’s online application system called PCAM, along with the correct fees (see Fee Schedule ). 

To apply to accredit a course, the provider needs these documents:

  1. A timed agenda with the time when the course starts and ends, including breaks, with an a.m. or p.m. designation or noon (e.g., 9:00 a.m.) and, if longer than an hour, each segment’s start and end times and title reflecting its content. Sample:

    9:00-10:30 a.m.   Demonstration of client interview
    10:30-11:30 a.m.    Discussion of interview demonstration
    11:30-noon   Lecture: Preparing the client for a deposition (Part 1)
    Noon-12:30 p.m.   Lunch
    12:30-1:30 p.m.   Continued lecture: Preparing the client for a deposition (Part 2)

    Each course must include at least a 15-minute break at least every three hours. When a course begins with a meal, the provider needs to allocate at least 15 minutes to the meal that is not instructional time. If, on the other hand, a meal is offered for at least 15 minutes before the course start time, there is no deduction from the course time.

  2. Each faculty member’s brief biography. If a speaker is an attorney, you must include the name, title, and employer. For a non-attorney, you must have the name, title, employer, and a minimum one to two sentence description of how the speaker is qualified to speak on the assigned topic.

  3. Thorough, carefully prepared written materials distributed to participants before or during the course. Such written materials are a requirement for accreditation. Click here for more information on these required written materials. 
  4. If attorneys pay to attend the course, the provider must include a financial hardship policy that meets the Board’s requirements. The financial hardship policy must contain language that:

    Offers aid to all Illinois attorneys
    Establishes the provider’s criteria for receiving aid
    Outlines the process to apply
    Specifies how to contact the provider to begin that process 

    The provider may have a policy offering a full or partial fee waiver based on financial hardship. For courses costing over $500, the policy must explicitly state that attorneys who qualify will receive at least a 50% reduction in the course fee(s). It does not need to include any reduction in meals, lodging, or travel costs associated with the course.
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