AAFP Credit System

New Credit Application Coming August 17

The AAFP Credit System dashboard and application system will be inaccessible beginning Thursday, August 13 at 6:00 p.m. CT in preparation for the launch of the new and improved AAFP Credit System dashboard, application and website on Monday, August 17.

If you have applications or sessions in the incomplete or pending payment statuses, we recommend you submit and pay for these applications and sessions by Wednesday August 12. If you do not submit these prior to our new system conversion, your application will still migrate to the new system, however, you may have to answer new questions on these applications/sessions prior to submission in the new system.

For applications submitted between Friday, August 7 and Friday, August 28 we are unable to guarantee our standard 20 business day turnaround time. Additionally, no rush requests will be accepted during this time. For ALSO/BLSO applications, please contact the ALSO department at ALSO@aafp.org with questions or check out their website for more information.

Please contact us with questions at cmecredit@aafp.org.


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CME providers have been asking for a streamlined credit application, a more easily navigated dashboard, and other system enhancements. The AAFP Credit System took that feedback to heart as we created a new and improved credit application. The new credit application will feature:

  • A simple pathway, an advanced pathway, and an ALSO/BLSO pathway. 
  • The CME Provider Dashboard will have a similar layout but has been revamped to include a highly requested search box that will more easily allow providers to locate their applications.
  • The Activity Summary page has been upgraded as well and now features an estimated review by date, allows providers to more easily locate invoices, and edit certain fields, such as session location and marketing information, at any time.


Providers will start the application process by selecting one of three pathways based on their activity design. The pathway options, including definitions and examples, are listed below.

1.     Simple Pathway—Designed for a single activity occurring once over one or more consecutive days, but does not repeat content, and is continuous. Examples include:

a. Single live event (in-person or online) such as an annual conference or webinar

b. Single Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) activity

c. Single self-study course (online or print)

d. Performance Improvement activity

e. Point of Care activity

2.     Advanced Pathway—Designed for a pre-planned set of activities that cover various topics that relate to a unifying theme, or activities with repeated content (multi-site only). Examples include:

a. Series of live events such as grand rounds, series of webinars, or multi-site activity (including KSA multi-site/date activities)

b. Single live activity in conjunction with a KSA

c. Series of online courses (online or print) such as a series of webcasts

d. Blended Learning activity

e. Medical journals

3.     ALSO/BLSO Pathway—Designed for Basic and Advanced life support courses developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians and hosted by CME provider organizations. Examples include:

a. ALSO Provider Course

b.  ALSO Instructor Course

c.  BLSO Provider Course

In the meantime, CME providers should continue to submit credit applications as they do today through their CME Provider Dashboard and our online credit application.


Q: How do I calculate credit for my CME activity?

A: That depends on the session format(s) you’ve selected in your credit application.


In-Person or Online

  • Credit is calculated based on the amount of formal interaction time between faculty and learners.
  • Credit is designated in 15 minute or 0.25 credit increments and rounded to the nearest quarter hour.
  • When concurrent sessions are offered, the time is only counted once based on the overall number of minutes one learner could participate in.
  • Welcomes, announcements, introductory remarks, course overviews, receptions, and adjournment do not qualify for CME.

Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA), Live

  • Each KSA activity is worth 8 Prescribed credits. Credit is pre-filled in the application.

Enduring Materials, Self-Study

  • Credit is calculated based on the average time it would take a learner to complete the activity.
  • Credit is designated in 15 minute or 0.25 credit increments and rounded to the nearest quarter hour.
  • Welcomes, announcements, introductory remarks, and course overviews do not qualify for CME.

Medical Journals

  • Credit is designated based on 1 credit per eligible article.

Performance Improvement (PICME)

  • Each PICME activity is designated for 20 credits. Credit is pre-filled in the application.
  • Learners completing Stage A are awarded 5 credits; Stages A & B, 10 credits; A, B and C are worth a total of 20 credits.

Point of Care

  • Each Point of Care activity is designated for 20 credits or 0.5 credits per search.


  • Blended learning activities include two or more session formats. The amount of credit calculated is based upon the session formats.
  • Translation to Practice® (t2p®), an activity supplement, is 2 credits per every session with a t2p add-on. Note, the system will automatically add credit for t2p based upon the information the provider enters into the application. Providers should not include credit for t2p in their credit request.
  • All session formats are eligible for AAFP Prescribed or Elective credit except for KSAs which are eligible for Prescribed credit only. Note that PICME and Point of Care activities will become eligible for Elective credit when the new application launches.
  • Only the sessions of the activity that comply with the AAFP eligibility requirements may be included in the amount of credit requested. CME sessions must be clearly identified in the activity materials.
  • Learners are responsible for claiming credit commensurate with their participation in a CME activity.


Credit System staff know that change can be scary, so we want to try to remove some of the “unknown” and provide resources to help CME providers feel prepared and confident when switching to the new credit application in 2020. More resources will become available leading up to the launch of the new credit application.