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Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credits: General Information

Earn Continuing Education Units as you increase your skills 

The College Board has been approved as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), and may offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standards, internationally recognized as good standards of practice.

IACET Approved Provider Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does it mean to be an "authorized provider" of IACET CEUs?
A:
The College Board underwent a lengthy application process that included submitting organizational information and event materials, being evaluated during a site visit, and agreeing to adhere to the IACET criteria. As a result, the College Board received authorized provider status in June 2003.

Q: What is the benefit of being designated as an "authorized provider"?
A:
While the term "CEU" is not trademarked, not all organizations have an equal commitment to quality in awarding CEUs. IACET seeks to ensure a high level of credibility and accountability from its over 575 authorized providers.

Q: What constitutes one CEU?
A:
One CEU equals ten contact hours of participation in organized continuing education classes and/or training conducted by a qualified instructor. A contact hour is equivalent to one 60-minute interaction between an instructor and the participant.

Q: What is the minimum period of contact for which a CEU can be awarded?
A:
A CEU cannot be granted for learning events that are less than one hour in length.

Q: Which College Board teacher professional development offerings qualify for IACET CEUs?
A:
The entire organization was approved as an authorized provider, so participants can receive credit for most of our professional development offerings with clear objectives to meet learner needs and in which participant learning can be assessed. CEUs are not available for plenary sessions, exhibit hall presentations, meetings, social events, archived online events, or those sessions that provide participants with information about a particular "product" or program without including measurable learning objectives.

Q: What are the attendance requirements in order to receive CEU credit(s)?
A:
Each participant will sign a check-in roster at the event. Participants must attend the entire event for which they registered unless they have made prior arrangements with the regional office administering the workshop. For face-to-face events, certificates are prepared in advance of the event but will not be distributed to participants until a completed conference evaluation form and (if applicable) a CEU certification card has been submitted to the instructor or CEU desk at the conclusion of the event. For online events, College Board staff will review participant attendance via the online learning platform. Certificates are awarded after the confirmation of complete attendance. CEUs are not eligible for archived online events.

Q: How will attendance be certified for large, multi-session conferences?
A:
Each IACET CEU-eligible session will have a College Board representative available at the session's conclusion to certify your attendance. At the conclusion of the entire event, you will submit your CEU certification card (provided by the College Board in your registration materials) to the representative. Your attendance will be tabulated and a certificate will be mailed shortly after the event.

Q: Can I register for an event on-site?
A:
While pre-registration allows for the most efficient record processing, on-site registrants will be accepted (space permitting). Attendees who register on-site will also have certificates mailed to them shortly after the conclusion of the event.

Q: How will I know how many CEUs I have earned?
A:
Each certificate will include the number of CEUs earned and the number of contact hours. A historical record for each participant will be kept by the College Board for a period of at least seven years. Collecting participants' current home addresses will help ensure that records are accurate as participants move between jobs.

Q: How does the College Board ensure the quality of workshop consultants? Does the instructor have any discretion in determining whether CEUs are awarded?
A:
Yes. First, College Board-endorsed consultants will be used, wherever appropriate, for workshops in which CEUs are awarded. When a professional development event would benefit most from a recognized expert in the field, the College Board reserves the right to invite guest consultants as presenters. An instructor who determines that a participant has not gained satisfactory knowledge from a particular professional development event may withhold the certificate and inform the appropriate College Board regional office of that decision. Final discretion on awarding CEUs will reside with the College Board office administering the event.

If you have additional questions regarding CEU credits please contact ceu@collegeboard.org

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