Continuing Education

KBRC requirements on continuing educational units for renewal

 The CEUs offered by a provider online, must have been approved by the AARC or by the KBRC. (If you do not see it listed as approved by the AARC or the KBRC, then it needs to be approved by the KBRC. All courses approved by the AARC or by the KBRC have specific course numbers.) Contact the board if you have questions about CEU acceptance.

 The KBRC does not accept CEUs which were obtained after Dec. 31 for use during the renewal cycle. Read and be aware of KAR 29:050 - Regulation on continuing education Section 2, Accrual of Continuing Education Units Mandatory; Computation of Accrual.

  1. A minimum of twenty-four (24) continuing education units shall be accrued by each person holding mandatory certification during the two (2) year certification period for renewal.
  2. The certification period shall be January 1 of one (1) year through December 31 of the following calendar year. Note: (This is for CEU submission only. Licensure expiration will remain Jan. 30th.)
  3. All units shall be in or related to the field of respiratory care.
  4. All units for continuing education must be obtained after completion and graduation of accredited course. CEUs cannot be accrued as students.

Kentucky requires 24 Continuing Educational Units, (CEU's) every two years for renewal of licensure. These CEU's must be within the 24 month period of that renewal cycle. There are no carryover CEU's allowed. The KBRC accepts all CEU's that are AARC approved. Licensure expiration is January 30.

Frequently Used CEU's - This is not a complete listing
  • ACLS- 10
  • PALS- 10
  • NRP- 8
  • STABLE- 7
  • PEARS - 7
  • Instructor courses for ACLS, PALS, NRP- 10 (These courses are for use ONLY when becoming an instructor)
  • HIV / AIDS -2 *This is not a requirement for obtaining licensure renewal.

    NBRC Credential Exams -for the first time takers only

  • RRT- 4
  • ACCS- 4 (beginning with the 2021 renewal ACCS will be 4 ceus.)
  • CPFT- 2
  • RPFT- 2
  • NPS- 4
  • SDS- 4
 The NBRC requires anyone who obtained a credential after July 1, 2002 to renew that credential. If you take an exam to renew a credential you may count that exam for the following CEUs:

  • CRT- 10
  • RRT-15
  • ACCS-10
  • RPFT- 10
  • CPFT- 10
  • NPS- 10
  • SDS- 10

 Other credentialing exams:

  • RPSGT- 4
  • CCSH - 4
  • AE-C- 4

Academic courses (A course offered by an accredited post secondary institution and approved by the KBRC Board.) eligible for continuing education credit. Academic courses are eligible for approved continuing education and will be given 15 CEUs per credit hour if:

  • A respiratory course 400 level or higher.
  • A course in biological, psychological, sociological, or physical sciences relevant to patient care and above 400 level.  Relevant means having content applicable to the practice of respiratory care.
  • A course applicable to respiratory care practice and appropriate for the respiratory care practitioner employed in the areas of clinical practice, administration, education, or research.

Note:  If a continuing education course has not been previously accredited/approved by the Board, do not wait until you renew your license to get approval for that course.  Your renewal may be delayed.  Seek prior approval for continuing education credit on courses not previously accredited by the Board. Only licensed therapists can use college courses for CEU purposes. Students cannot use college courses for future CEU credit.


Submitting CEU for Approval

If you need approval for a CEU that is not on our listing or not already approved by the AARC, you must fill out the CEU Application approval form.  Download the 2016 New Address Continuing Ed Approval App 1.pdfContinuing Educational Approval App

A continuing education course is approved if:
  • Is an organized program of learning;
  • Pertains to subject matters which integrally relate to the practice of respiratory care.
  • Contributes to the professional competency of the licensee.
  • Is conducted by individuals who have educational training or experience acceptable to the Board.
 All CEUs which have been submitted by application and approved are valid for two years from date of approval. The same course may be resubmitted one additional time by the application process to the Board. No course(s) will be granted approval after their second submission. NOTE: ACLS, PALS, NRP can be taken every two years.

Continuing Education