Level I Accreditation


Level I Accreditation introduces the administrative, legal, and medical aspects of the Colorado Workers' Compensation system. Per statute, MDs, DOs, chiropractors, dentists, podiatrists, PAs, and NPs with prescriptive authority can become Level I accredited, and all other medical providers are encouraged to audit this course. 

This online course is offered at three different periods throughout the year 2023. Registrants will have approximately twelve weeks to complete the course and pass the exam. Individual learning modules can be stopped at any time and will resume where they previously left off. Testing for accreditation is completed in an online proctored setting, and the cost is included with the course fee. In order to maintain accreditation, providers must re-accredit every three years.

Term schedule and registration information: 

Course Term

Accreditation Course Term
(incl. passing the exam*)

Registration Opens** Registration Closes***


June 1, 2023 - August 31, 2023

November 1, 2022

May 30, 2023


October 4, 2023 - December 22, 2023

November 1, 2022

October 2, 2023

*Registrants must pass the exam by the end date of their respective course term.
**Online course modules will not be accessible until the actual term start date.
***No course term changes/substitutions are permitted.

As of January 1, 2018, Level I Accreditation is required prior to Level II Accreditation (Rule 13-2).

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Course Objectives

  • Apply the Colorado Medical Treatment Guidelines meaningfully in clinical practice.
  • Synthesize principles of chronology to appropriately proceed through a workers' compensation case.
  • Justify a determination of medical causality in a workers' compensation case.
  • Implement Colorado DOWC rules and procedures into practice.
  • Evaluate medical and ethical issues pertaining to workers' compensation cases.
  • Demonstrate proper use of DOWC forms.
  • Evaluate a patient's functional status and defend a determination of Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI).

Continuing Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation. The University of Colorado School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. For more information, please click here.

Course Fees

Online course option (incl. exam fee) – per term: $200.00

Contact Us

Division of Workers' Compensation
Provider Education
633 17th Street, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80202
303-318-8653 (Fax)