CM Distance Education

A distance education event is an asynchronous learning event in which the learner and instructors are not engaging in the event simultaneously. Learners may access the material at their own convenience.

Learning Objectives

Please consider the following learning objectives before registering a distance education event:

  • What evaluation tools are used to measure the efficacy of the event and speakers? How are those tools used to help make necessary changes to the content and delivery of the event?
  • How does the event integrate methods by which the learner acts upon the information and knowledge that has been imparted (e.g., asking questions of the course instructor(s), writing an essay, taking a test or quiz, completing a project assignment, etc.)?
  • How does the product utilize multiple methods of learning.  Methods of learning include:
    • text or course outline of course content,
    • plans
    • photographs of case studies
    • relevant graphics, or other visuals
    • audio lectures linked to PowerPoint presentation
    • supplemental reading materials

Acquisition of Content

All CM-eligible activities must contain a mechanism for gauging acquisition of content.  Methods will vary with the format of each activity, but some methods that have worked in the past are:

  • Multiple Choice Tests
  • Essays
  • A question and answer forum (or other interaction between audiences and presenter)
  • Online discussion board
  • Additional methods, as justified by the CM provider

Copyright and Reproduction Permission

The course instructor will acknowledge the source of all materials. If the materials are owned by the instructor, this will be stated in the program. All other images, photographs, reading materials, handouts, etc. will each be acknowledged in the materials.

The CM provider will keep copies of all copyright and reproduction permissions and provide them upon request to the AICP CM auditors. The CM provider will also obtain a copyright agreement from the course instructor(s) and make them available to the AICP CM auditors.

Course Registration and Fees

Distance education products are registered in the CM system on a quarterly basis (i.e., 3-month periods) at $50 per hour of training per quarter in which the training offers CM credit. AICP members must engage in the training product during the quarters for which CM credit has been approved.


Q1 — January-March

Q2 — April-June

Q3 — July–September

Q4 — October–December

For example, a two-hour CD-ROM training plan that offers CM credit for an entire year must be registered for all four quarters of that year ($50/hour x 2 hours x 4 quarters = $400). When selecting a beginning and ending quarter for CM credit (such as, beginning Q1 and ending Q3) please remember that AICP members must engage in the training product during the quarters for which CM credit has been registered.

Annual unlimited payment plans:

Quarterly CM fees for distance education are included in the purchase of an annual unlimited plan; however, a separate $50 fee per product (not per hour) will be assessed at the time of registration.