CE Pre-Approval (PACE)

Continuing Education Pre-Approval for Providers

Providers offering continuing education (CE) programs in disability management who wish to obtain CDMS pre-approval in order to promote their programs to certified individuals are encouraged to submit an application.


No more paper applications! CDMS Pre-Approved Continuing Education (PACE™) applications will be submitted through the NEW platform! In addition, we are dedicated to ensuring that you get the most out of the courses you take and therefore we are changing our CDMS PACE guidelines for providers. Please see the memo that had been sent out recently for additional information and details. *memo reflects old fees. 

See the new PACE guide! 

For Existing PACE Providers

If you have already submitted a PACE course in our system, simply login to your account to submit new applications, manage your course locations, dates and times, and check the status of your applications.


For New PACE Providers

If you are currently CDMS certified with an account in the CDMS database AND this is your first time submitting an online PACE application, click on the button below.

I am a CDMS & a new PACE provider

If you are NOT CDMS certified AND this is your first time submitting an online PACE application, click on the button below.  Additionally, providers that have previously submitted paper applications but have not yet submitted an online PACE application, please click on the button below to create an account to start submitting applications online.

I am a new PACE provider

Pricing & Processing Structure

The new pricing structure is as follows:

Category or Application Type


Standard Approval Category

$125 per program/activity 

Employers Providing In-Service Education

$50 per program/activity 

Additional Priority Fee**

$125 per program/activity

**An additional priority fee of $125 is charged to all organizations requesting rush processing of their application; this applies to any application submitted 10 to 19 business days prior to the event date. Applications submitted less than 10 business days in advance of the activity date will not be accepted.

At a glance...what is new?

  1. All applications requesting Ethics CE will now require a separate application. Course content for ethics approval must include a discussion of ethics as it relates to the CDMS Code of Professional Conduct and its practical application to the content being presented. A comprehensive outline or a copy of the presentation is required to be submitted with all applications requesting ethics approval. *A comprehensive list will be included in the new CDMS pre-approval guide.
  2. Applications for Written Enduring Materials: The calculation of CE for written (enduring) material is being changed. While these changes will more accurately reflect appropriate rewarding of credits, you may notice that the credits awarded for the written (enduring) courses will be lower than previously awarded since we are using a different method of calculating those CEs. CEs approved for written (enduring) materials will be based on the length and complexity of the content using the Mergener Formula as the basis for calculation.
  3. A copy of the Certificate of Completion will now be required in the uploads section of the application. Complete instructions for the information necessary will be posted in the CDMS PACE guide
  4. Learning objectives will now be recorded as learning outcomes.

As always, we are happy to answer your questions and hear your feedback. Please email us at cdmshq@cdms.org or 844-681-8156.