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How to Become an Accredited CEU Instructor

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Professionals take continuing education units (CEUs) in order to keep up with the latest trends and information in their field. They also take CEUs to stay up-to-date on their licensure requirements. State laws often require professionals to complete at least a certain number of CEUs each year in order to remain working, even if no license is required. For example, child care center directors in Texas must obtain CEUs offered by instructors certified by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. (See Reference 1-p. 42)

Gain the expertise and experience needed to provide CEUs in your field. Work and teaching experience are both beneficial to becoming an accredited CEU instructor.

Identify the organizations or associations that provide CEUs in your field. Professionals will go to these groups in order to find accredited CEU providers who can meet the training requirements.

Contact the organizations to find out their criteria for instructors. Each entity will have different requirements, but a combination of practical work experience, education, and teaching will likely be necessary.

Join the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). This organization certifies CEU providers according to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. (See Reference 2) An organization that wants to apply to be an authorized provider of IACET CEUs must meet certain eligibility requirements such as having been in business for at least a year and having “a well-defined organizational structure in which the authority and responsibility for administering continuing education and/or training activities, courses, or programs is assigned to a particular unit,” according to the IACET Authorized Provider Application Guide. (See Reference 2-Pg. 8 of Application Guide) It must also ensure that its policies and guidelines meet IACET standards. (See Reference 2)

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Leyla Norman has been a writer since 2008 and is a certified English as a second language teacher. She also has a master's degree in development studies and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology.

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