Q: What is the time line for initial and subsequent PAT Annual Updates?
Annual updates must be received at the ABE office by July 15. The first annual update is not due until the year after enrollment as a PAT (e.g., if you enroll on April 10, 2020 your first update is not due until July 15, 2021).
Some people, because of vacation and/or work schedules, file their annual updates earlier than July 15. If your schedule is particularly hectic in the summer, you may wish to file your Update early. The time period for the annual update runs from the time of the last update to the time of the current update. The annual updates should run consecutively. For example, if the first update covered the period between March 25, 2020 and May 15, 2021, then the second update would be from May 16, 2021 to the submission date for the second year (no later than July 15, 2022).
Q: What if I miss the deadline?
Any PAT who fails to submit the annual update and pay the annual renewal fee by July 15 must pay a late penalty fee. If the annual update and fees are not submitted by September 1, the PAT will be terminated automatically from the PAT process.
Q: Why is the Board so rigid about the deadline?
Members of the PAT Review Committee fly in to Washington from all over the country at their own and Board expense. These people give up a weekend of their time to review the Annual Updates. If your Annual Update is not in it cannot be reviewed. If your Annual Update is not reviewed your PAT status cannot be renewed. It’s as simple as that.
Q: Must I use the PAT Annual Update form as downloaded from the website?
If you prefer not to use the PAT Annual Update Form, your submission should follow the same format, organization and sequence for documentation as on the form. Include all required information (i.e., “Annual Summary of Training Hours,” “Annual Summary of Consultation,” and “Annual Summary of Professional Development”). Put your name, date of submission and consecutive page numbers at the top of each page. Do not submit more information than can fit into the space allotted on the original form.
Q: How long must I submit an annual update?
An annual update is due each July 15 until the PAT has passed both written and onsite TEP exams.