Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Through the University of Arizona Continuing and Professional Education office, your organization can offer programs which provide a permanent educational record of credit, known as Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

WHAT ARE CEUS?

Continuing education units are an effective way to measure, record, and report a person’s participation in continuing education activities.  They are a nationally recognized and respected method of granting nondegree credit.

MEASURING CEUs

Participants earn one CEU for each 10 “contact” hours spent in an organized educational activity.  According to requirements set by the National Task Force on Continuing Education, this activity must meet under the direction of an approved sponsor and qualified instructors.

Generally, a 60-minute clock hour is the standard of measurement for each contact hour.  Any portion of an hour does not count toward CEUs.

The total number of CEUs awarded depends on how much time your participants spend in a formal learning situation.  Other educational activities connected with the program are also considered.  The number of contact hours and CEUs must be determined and approved before the program begins.

HOW STUDENTS USE THE CEU

Participants often use CEUs to meet career requirements.  For example, your industry may have continuing education standards for licensing, certification, or registration.  As a permanent record, CEUs can also help demonstrate professional competence, career development, vocational growth, and personal achievement.

WHAT THE CEU IS NOT

Since CEUs are not equivalent to academic credit, they are considered nondegree units of credit.  However, CEUs are accepted by some colleges and universities.  Please check with your institution for details.

QUALIFIED ACTIVITIES

CEUs are awarded for participation in educational activities with professional associations, business and industry, occupational groups, and education.  Workshops, seminars, training programs, conferences, institutes, and short courses may qualify.

As a guideline, these activities must be developed for a specific clientele, with the purpose of professional updating, recertification, relicensing, retraining/vocational adjustment, or new career orientation.

CRITERIA

The National Task Force on Continuing Education has established criteria for CEU-qualified activities.  The guidelines require:

  1. Through planning. Since your program is meeting the educational needs of a specific target population, your participants should have a chance to provide input in the planning process.
  2. Statement of purpose. Your program needs to include a statement of need, educational purpose, and specific objectives.
  3. Qualified instruction. Your CEU program application also includes instructor résumés or CVs, which are reviewed by The University of Arizona Continuing and Professional Education office.
  4. Program evaluation. During the planning process, your organization outlines an evaluation process that measures how well the activity met your educational objectives.

APPLYING FOR CEUs FOR YOUR PROGRAM

Before your program begins, complete the CEU Application Form [ADD LINK] and return it to the UA Continuing and Professional Education office.

There is a CEU program application fee of $75.00 for University of Arizona colleagues or $125.00 for outside groups (non-UA) payable at the time of the request.  If your program is not approved for CEUs, the application fee is refunded.

You will be notified within two weeks if the program is approved for CEUs. We will send you a CEU participant application form along with the approval letter, so your participants can request CEUs.  There is a $25.00 participant application fee payable when the transcript is requested.

PARTICIPANT CEU REQUESTS

CEUs are awarded after your workshop or program ends. The process is very easy:

  1. Each applicant completes the CEU participant form and pays the $25.00 fee.
  2. The request is sent to UA Continuing and Professional Education office.  CEU transcript is sent to the participant within a two-week period of the request.  CEU transcripts will be sent to the individual but may also be sent to any institute the participant requests. 
  3. Participants can request copies of the transcript at any time for an additional fee.

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