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Email: clestaff@mbcle.state.mn.us

Frequently Asked Questions

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Does the Minnesota Board of CLE approve course sponsors?
No. Minnesota does not approve course sponsors. The CLE Board office reviews each course individually and approves courses that comply with Rules requirements.
How does a course get approved?
A course sponsor or attendee must apply for CLE credit. Use the Course Credit Accreditation form either online or by mail. Include a copy of the detailed agenda showing start and stop times for each session, the subject matter addressed during each session, and faculty.
How long does it take a course to be reviewed?
The Board office takes on average 2 to 4 weeks to review and determine if a course qualifies for credit. It can take longer if the course application or attachments are not complete, or if payment is not enclosed. Courses submitted online generally take less time to review.
How much is the fee for review of course applications?
-No fee for live courses that are 60 minutes or less in length.

-No fee for a video replay of an approved course.

-$35 for live courses that are more than 60 minutes in length – if submitted by paper.

-$20 for live courses that are more than 60 minutes in length – if submitted through OASIS.

-$35 for all on-demand courses, regardless of length of time – if submitted by paper.

-$20 for all on-demand courses, regardless of length of time – if submitted through OASIS.

What are the standards for course approval?
Find the standards for course approval in CLE Rule 5.
Can a course sponsor submit applications online?
Course sponsors are encouraged to submit course requests online for a faster determination.  Request a sponsor ID number and password at oasis@mbcle.state.mn.us. Please provide the following with your request:

  1. Organization/Firm Name
  2. Address (Street, Suite # (if applicable), City, State & Zip)
  3. Contact Person
  4. Email Address and Telephone Number for the Contact Person.   
Are courses approved based on a 50 or 60 minute hour?
Minnesota approves courses based on a 60-minute hour. Courses are approved in 15 minute increments. For example, a 1 hour and 15 minute course is approved for 1.25 credits; a 30 minute course is approved for .5 credits. A 50 minute course is rounded down to .75 credits.
How do I know if my course has been approved?
If you use OASIS, track the status online. If you mail in your Course Accreditation Form, you will receive either an email or mail notification once a determination has been made.
Do Q&A portions of a course count towards credit hours?
Generally, yes.
Do introductory remarks or breaks count towards credit hours?
No.
Do lunch segments receive credit?
Lunch programs are approved if the requirements of Rule 5A are met and the classroom setting requirements defined by Rule 2E are satisfied. No credit is given for the lunch time prior to or following the presentation.