Competency-Based Preceptor Certification

Your Competency-Based Preceptor Certification includes information and examples of your education, experiences, and teaching and preceptoring activities relevant to demonstrating your mastery of preceptoring at one of three certification levels.

 

What is Competency-Based Preceptor Certification Portfolio?

Simple completion of a course or recitation of information alone are not a strong enough evidence of mastery. A Competency-Based Preceptor Certification Portfolio (PCP) is a collection of materials (artifacts) you create or collect as you grow in your Preceptor Specialist roles and accountabilities. Portfolio development and evidences of mastery of core competencies in preceptoring provide a more complete compentency assessment of achievement for certification at each level of advancement.

Pricing

Initial Certification and Renewal Level

Preceptor Level  Green (Basic) Blue (Intermediate) Gold (Advanced)
Initial Certification/Renewal $110.00 $135.00 $160.00
Annual Membership Fee $65.00 $65.00 $65.00
Total Fees (includes membership) $175.00 $200.00 $225.00

Individual Fees

Certification without membership
Preceptor Level Green (Basic) Blue (Intermediate) Gold (Advanced)
Non-Member Certification/Renewal $225.00 $255.00 $270.00

Special rates available for Members of AAPA Affiliate Organizations

The Process

Once you know your level of expertice in preceptor specialty practice, select and complete the application. Fill all of the fields, upload your documents and submit your application. You will then need to submit payment for your application. Upon receiving payment, AAPA will review your application and if you meet the qualifications, you will be awarded a certificate. 

CHOOSE YOUR LEVEL APPROPRIATELY

Green Level – Basic

Preceptor Activities: Introduce environment; i.e., orient new employees and/or students approaching graduation

Primary Target of Preceptoring:
Tasks

Primary Activity: coaching

Basic Competencies, i.e., new employee orientation, new graduate transition

Continuing Education: 40  contact hours (academic and training)

Presentations (academic or clinical, leadership, portfolios, delegations, conference presentations):  20 clock hours of related activities

Publications (newsletters, journals, contributions to professional books or publications): At least one of four options

Preceptorships: 240 practice hours

Continuous Service: At least one year of continuous service in each certification cycle.

 

 

Blue Level – Intermediate

Preceptor Activities: transition into service; i.e., able to understand specific departmental functions

Primary Target of Preceptoring:
Critical Thinking

Primary Activities: coach and mentor in balanced approaches

Service Specific Competencies, i.e., service culture, role development and transitions

Continuing Education: 60  contact hours (academic and training)

Presentations (academic or clinical, leadership, portfolios, delegations, conference presentations):  25 clock hours of related activities

Publications (newsletters, journals, contributions to professional books or publications): At least one of four options

Preceptorships: 360 practice hours

Continuous Service: At least one year of continuous service in each certification cycle.

 

Gold Level – Advanced

Preceptor Activities: Navigating Organization; i.e., promotions, networks, and career paths align within the organizational culture

Primary Target of Preceptoring:
Clinical judgement; autonomous practice

Primary Activities: mentor leadership

Professional Competencies, i.e., standards and scope of practice in preceptoring, training, professional development and transitions.

Continuing Education: 80  contact hours (academic and training)

Presentations (academic or clinical, leadership, portfolios, delegations, conference presentations):  40 clock hours of related activities

Publications (newsletters, journals, contributions to professional books or publications): At least one of four options

Preceptorships: 600 practice hours

Continuous Service: At least ywo years of continuous service in each certification cycle.