Level I Accreditation

Level I Accreditation, offered through the Division of Workers’ Compensation, introduces the administrative, legal, and medical aspects of the Colorado Workers’ Compensation system. Per statue, MDs, DOs, chiropractors, dentists, podiatrists, PAs, and NPs with prescriptive authority can become Level I accredited, though all other medical providers are encouraged to audit this course. The course can be taken online or by attending a live seminar. Testing for accreditation is completed at the live seminar for those participants and in a proctored setting for those electing the online option. In order to maintain accreditation, providers must re-accredit every three years. 

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

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 Division of Workers’ Compensation (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 live activity 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.

Course and Exam Fees

Regular seminar registration (up to 15 days prior to event start date): $200.00
Late seminar registration (within 15 days of event date): $350.00
Online course registration: $200.00
Separate standard online exam fee (payable by credit/debit card to third-party provider at the time of exam scheduling): $20.00

*Within six months from registration and payment, and upon written request, up to 50% of your registration fee may be refundable if you are unable to complete the course. All course requirements need to be completed within 18 months from the original date of registration/payment. Otherwise, a new registration with payment of applicable course fees must be submitted for re-registration.


In order to register, please complete the registration form.

If you have questions, please contact the Provider Education department at 303-318-8754 or cdle_dowc_provider_education@state.co.us.