A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized method of recording participation and quantifying the time spent in non-academic credit education or professional development activities. One CEU is awarded for each 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience.
CEUs are awarded for knowledge gained in learning activities that meet sound educational standards, but where grades are not given or depth and breadth are not sufficient for academic credit. CEUs may be awarded for courses that also carry academic credit if the material meets criteria for continuing education units. An individual may not receive both credit and CEUs for the same activity. CEUs can’t be applied toward a degree.
CEUs can be awarded for many different formats and learning situations:
CEUs show evidence of an active interest in continuing education, your participation in such programs, and training in specialized areas. Employers often look at CEUs as evidence of an employee’s knowledge in specialized areas. CEUs are also used for renewing licenses by many licensing boards and professional organizations.