Do you want to obtain CEU approval for your OWN courses? Let us help!
The first step is to determine which agencies will draw a bigger audience and get your courses registered with one or more of these providers. When we are getting courses approved, we determine the highest common denominator and build to that standard. That way, the training can be approved by ALL of the agencies. Keep in mind that the courses can contain very little information on your specific company, product or solution. The first thing you must decide is which CEUs you are trying to target. There are many to choose from—NTS, ASIS, CSI, NSCA and ALOA.
While a national agency, such as ESA's NTS, may allow online training to be used for CEUs, some state agencies may not. You should work at the state (AHJ) and national level if not using instructor-led courses. Also, some of the agencies mentioned above require fees to get your courses approved for CEU credit. Some of the fees are reduced if you are a member of that association. Most all of them require a form to be completed where you will provide your course name, intended audience, learning objectives, date and time of delivery (or ongoing if web-based), and the cost of the training, to name a few. Here are some other specific considerations when working with continuing education:
NICET is not an educating body. They only serve as a certification agency. So they do not offer or officially approve any courses for CEU's. In fact, NICET does not even call it a "CEU" but rather a "CPD" or continuing professional development unit. One way to get NICET CPDs is to know 1) what NICET considers appropriate learning materials to support their many certifications or 2) to take any NTS approved course, which are automatically accepted by NICET.
For most of the continuing education that you develop, the 90/10 rule applies. This means that most providers require the content have 90% industry information and only 10% product or solution specific information. There are exceptions to this such as with AIA as noted above and with NTS. NTS will approve most content, regardless of its proprietary product or solution specific focus.
CEU requirements can be confusing because not all organizations use the same terminology.
In most organizations,1 CEU = 1 hour of training, but there are some exceptions.
The grading scale for each agency can be different as well. NTS offers continuing education points in 60 minute or 1 hour segments that equal to 0.1 credits. But other groups, such as NICET, offer 1 hour course segments of 1.0 credits.