Continuing Education 

 is an all-encompassing term within a broad list of post-secondary learning activities and programs. The term is used mainly in the United States and Canada. 

 

Recognized forms of post-secondary learning activities within the domain include: degree credit courses by non-traditional students, non-degree career training, workforce training, and formal personal enrichment courses (both on-campus and online).

General continuing education is similar to adult education, at least in being intended for adult learners, especially those beyond traditional undergraduate college or university age.

Prerequisites

  • Vary by course type

  • Adult education programs may require placement testing

  • Some career training/skills programs may require a high school diploma or equivalent

  • Prior coursework in a related field may be required for advanced courses

  • Enrichment courses typically have no prerequisites

Online Courses may be applicable to receiving required course credits

Possible Career Courses

  • Can lead to careers in a variety of professional fields or even to further education opportunities

  • The following are possible through continuing education programs

    • Education

    • Accounting

    • Real estate

    • Sales

    • Marketing

    • Medical

    • Professional Engineering & Architecture

Always check with your professional association to verify types of Continuing Education units/designations required.

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A continuing education unit (CEU) is a measure used in continuing education programs to assist the professional to maintain his or her license in their profession. This particular unit type is referred to much with architects, The continuing education unit is described as ten hours of participation in an education program. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized and uniform unit of measure for continuing education and training. One CEU is awarded for each 10 contact hours of instruction or study. 

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CEU's

A continuing education credit (CEC) is a measure used in continuing education programs to assist the professional to maintain his or her license in their profession. Continuing education or professional development is required in many fields, including teachers, insurance professionals, interior designers/interior architects, lighting designers, architects, engineers, emergency management professionals, school administrators, educators, nurses, mental health professionals, psychologists and social workers. The continuing education unit is described as ten hours of participation in an education program.

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CE's

Learning Unit (LU) is used by American Institute of Architects 's Continuing Education Systems (AIA/CES) and is based on a 60-minute hour. Time beyond 60 minutes is recorded in quarter hour increments (e.g., 1 hour 45 minutes = 1.75 LUs). Credit should be stated as an AIA/CES Learning Unit hour (AIA/CES LU). In order for programs to qualify for Health , Safety and Welfare (HSW) credit, providers must demonstrate that 75% of the content specifically addresses one or more HSW-related issues. Programs that qualify for HSW credit are identified as “AIA/CES Learning Unit (HSW)” or “AIA/CES LU (HSW).”

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CME's

Continuing medical education (CME) refers to a specific form of continuing education (CE) that helps those in the medical field maintain competence and learn about new and developing areas of their field. These activities may take place as live events, written publications, online programs, audio, video, or other electronic media. Content for these programs is developed, reviewed, and delivered by faculty who are experts in their individual clinical areas. 

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