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What Happens After I Submit for Prior Approval?

After you click "Submit Activity" at the bottom of your form, it will be sent for review. The following program types will always be reviewed by CDR staff:

  • Self-Study Programs
  • Annual Meetings
  • Multi-State Programs

Live activities will either be reviewed by the state affiliate or CDR, depending on the state in which your activity takes place. If the state affiliate will be reviewing your submission, they will be listed here: If you do not see your state listed, your submission will be reviewed by CDR staff.

Response Time

You can expect to get a response within 4 - 6 weeks of submission. You will be notified via email when your activity has been approved.

Return for Update

You may receive an email stating that your submission has been returned for update. This means that the reviewer is requesting more information or clarification. The reviewer will state in the email what information they are requesting. If this happens, you should log in to your provider account on to update your prior approval request form. Once you are logged in, click on your activity to open it. Once it is open, click on "Modify" at the top of the page. You can edit your form or upload additional documents. After you have made all necessary updates, click "Submit Activity" at the bottom of the screen. This will return your submission to the reviewer. 

Advertising Your Event

When your activity has been approved, it will added to our online CPE database that is searchable by over 100,000 CDR credentialed practitioners. You may advertise that the CPE activity is CDR approved, however, you may not use CDRs logo. You also have the option of purchasing contact information from CDR so that you may advertise your event directly to these credentialed practitioners. If you're interested in finding out more about our mailing list rental process, please visit this website:

After the Activity

Providers must provide each participant with a certificate of completion verifying completion of the activity; a template is available online upon logging in. Providers should also maintain a list of participants who completed their activity for at least seven (7) years. The approval status for live activities is valid for one (1) calendar year from date of approval. The approval status for self-studies is valid for three (3) years from date of approval. After that time, approval status will expire.