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Elder Care Specialist (ECS)

History of the Elder Care Specialist (ECS) designation

The Accredation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT) developed and administered the ECS designation until about 2014.  After 2014, there is no longer any mention of the ECS credential on the ACAT website, so apparently it was discontinued.

When a professional designation is discontinued like this, you no longer have to pay renewal fees or take required CPE courses.   

The historical CPE requirements from ACAT were that an ECS:

  • must earn 72 CPE credit hours per 3 year cycle to maintain a current and active ECS designation and of the total 72 hours of CPE,
  • There must be at least 24 hours in eldercare issues such as:
    • retirement,
    • asset management,
    • Social Security,
    • Medicare,
    • long-term care, or
    • trusts and estate
  • The remaining 44 CPE hours can be in:
    • taxation and/or related subjects, such as
    • financial management,
    • computer science,
    • business law
    • accounting or
    • subjects that relate to your particular area of practice of employment
  • plus 4 hours in ethics.

All FunCPE courses are acceptable for Elder Care Specialists CPE credit, although there appear to be no CPE requirements from 2014 onward.


Rules and requirements for ACAT credential holders (such as Elder Care Specialists):

Programs that qualify as CPE

The overriding consideration in determining whether a specific program qualifies as acceptable continuing education is that it be a formal program of learning which contributes directly to the professional competence of an accredited individual. The following are deemed acceptable:

  • Professional or technical development programs of national, state and local professional/trade organizations or
  • Other organized educational programs which meet the following standards.

In order for an educational program to qualify for CPE credit, organizations must:

  • Require attendance.
  • Provide a program of at least one class hour (50-minute period) in length.
  • Provide a qualified instructor or discussion leader.
  • Maintain a record of attendance.
  • Retain a written outline of the course.

Continuing education credit will be given for whole hours only, with a minimum of 50 minutes constituting the class hour.

Can I use self-study and journals for my contact hours?

Independent study that is approved for continuing education credits may be used for 100% of the hours required for certification renewal.

Do CPE programs need to be approved or accredited by a national organization?


I already submit CPE for my CPA (or EA, CFP, etc.) designation. Can I use these for my ACAT credentials?

Yes. As long as you have taken the appropriate number of CPE hours in the specified areas, then you may also submit them to ACAT.

We welcome Elder Care Specialists to our site and would like to serve your needs better. Please contact us with any suggestions for new course topics for Elder Care Specialist CPE specifically. 

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