Section 9.7

Continuing Education Units

I. Purpose

To establish policy and procedure for awarding Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

II. General Policy

ASSE has been designated an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). As an Authorized Provider, we have a responsibility to provide education that adheres to the IACET standards. Meeting these standards requires a partnership between the requesting ASSE group and the National headquarters to ensure that all requirements are satisfied. These are the criteria set forth by IACET:

  • Each activity is planned in response to educational needs which have been identified for a target audience.
  • Each activity has a clear and concise written statement of intended learning outcomes.
  • Qualified instructional personnel are involved in planning and conducting each activity.
  • Content and instructional methods are appropriate for the intended learning outcomes of each activity.
  • Participants must demonstrate their attainment of the learning outcomes.
  • Each learning activity is evaluated by the participants.
  • The group has an identifiable unit, group or individual with clearly defined responsibilities for developing and administering learning activities.
  • The group has a review process in operation that ensures the CEU criteria are met.
  • The group maintains a complete record of each individual's participation and can provide a copy of that record upon request for a period of at least seven years.
  • The group provides an appropriate learning environment and support services.

III. Procedures

A. Responsibility of the group requesting CEUs

All education offered by an ASSE group (Headquarters, Chapter, Region, and Practice Specialty) must be designed and delivered as follows:

  • Plan education in accordance with identified needs for a targeted audience.
  • Prepare a concise written statement of learning outcomes and articulate these outcomes in the program brochure or other information provided to targeted audience.
  • Engage only qualified instructors to deliver the education. Educational background, certifications, and experience are determinants of qualification.
  • Ensure that the type of instruction, content, methods of delivery and learning environment support achievement of the learning outcomes.
  • Determine whether the participants have achieved the learning outcomes.
  • Provide participants with the opportunity to evaluate the program.
  • Submit requests for CEUs in accordance with the attached "Procedures for Requesting the Award of Continuing Education Units."

Programs eligible for CEUs will receive an award without a charge if the program is presented exclusively by an ASSE group. When an ASSE group partnering with another organization is determined to be eligible for CEUs, a fee of $100 will be charged to offset the administrative cost. Partnership is defined as follows:
The ASSE group must share responsibility for:

  • Conducting needs assessment of the groups to be served by the event
  • Developing the learning objectives
  • Designing the program
  • Selecting speakers
  • Managing delivery of the event
  • Evaluating the event

B. Responsibility of Society Headquarters

The Professional Development Department of ASSE is responsible for the administration of education and the CEU program. This includes reviewing applications and assisting ASSE groups in obtaining CEUs. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Provide guidance to ASSE groups on conducting education and satisfying IACET criteria.
  • Process requests for CEUs. If IACET criteria are not satisfied, provide guidance to assist requesting group in meeting these requirements.
  • Publish procedures for requesting CEUs in the Chapter Administration Guide and on Officer Central.
  • Perform recordation in membership database of CEUs awarded.
  • Maintain records for a minimum of seven years.



To establish procedures for requesting and awarding Continuing Education Units (CEU).


  1. CEUs will be awarded for those ASSE programs that satisfy the criteria established by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  The ASSE group requesting this award will complete the ASSE application for CEUs located on the ASSE Professional Development website.
  2. CEU applications shall be submitted in writing to the ASSE Professional Development Department at least two months prior to the program date.  The application will be submitted together with the requested documents stated in the application.  A copy of this application is attached.
  3. The Professional Development Department will provide written notification to the ASSE group advising the results of its application within 30 days of receipt of the application.  Appeals concerning the decision shall be directed to the Vice President of the Council on Professional Development.
  4. Upon receipt of a CEU award, the ASSE group may use this information in its promotion of their program.
  5. Along with notice of the award, ASSE will send the ASSE group a sign-in form to provide the following information:
    • Name of the ASSE group
    • Name, dates and location of the event
    • Attendee printed name, address, email address and member number if applicable
  6. Within one month after completion of the program, the ASSE group shall send the sign-in form to ASSE’s Professional Development Department at 1800 E. Oakton Street, Des Plaines, IL 60018
  7. ASSE will record CEUs awarded to attendees and retain this information for seven years.  A transcript containing CEUs awarded by ASSE in the past five years can be requested by contacting ASSE Customer Service.

Approved By/Date: Board of Directors: 02/22/2014

Replaces Edition Dated: 02/19/2011

Next Revision Due: 02/2017


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