Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs) are the official recertification unit for all those certified by the American Payroll Association. RCHs are defined as the number of actual educational clock hours spent as a participant or instructor in direct participation in a structured educational format.
Lunch, breaks, and exhibit hall times are not included as educational time. Time spent on general business topics at chapter or company meetings is not included as educational time.
Partial hours must be rounded down to the next half-hour. Thus, a program one hour and forty-five minutes in length is rounded to 1.5 RCH. An individual can earn 1 RCH for every 60 Minutes of education. CEU, CPE and semester or quarter credits that meet the qualifying education criteria can be converted to RCH.
FPCs must accumulate a minimum of 60 qualifying RCHs during a three-year recertification period OR retake and pass the FPC examination during the year their recertification is due.
CPPs must accumulate a minimum of 120 qualifying RCHs during a five-year recertification period OR retake and pass the CPP examination during the year their recertification is due.
Recertification Credit Hour Conversion Chart
One (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 10 RCH
One (1) Semester Credit = 10 RCH
One (1) Quarter Credit = 5 RCHs
The conversion for CPE credits to RCH is the number of CPE credits, multiplied by 50, divided by 60, rounded down to the nearest 30 minute increment. Example: 7 CPE credits x 50 = 350; 350/60 = 5.83; rounded down to 5.5 RCH. Whereas, 8 CPE credits equate to 6.5 RCH.
Contact the APA's Certification Department at (210)- 226-4600 or [email protected].