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Posted 1/8/13

Continuing Education Definition

What is Continuing Education?  According to Wikipedia the definition of Continuing Education for Professionals is:

Professional development and Continuing Professional Development

Within the domain of Continuing Education, professional continuing education is a specific learning activity generally characterized by the issuance of a certificate or continuing education units (CEU) for the purpose of documenting attendance at a designated seminar or course of instruction. Licensing bodies in a number of fields impose continuing education requirements on members who hold licenses to practice within a particular profession. These requirements are intended to encourage professionals to expand their knowledge base and stay up-to-date on new developments. Depending on the field, these requirements may be satisfied through college or university coursework, extension courses or conferences and seminars attendance. Although individual professions may have different standards, the most widely accepted standard, developed by the International Association for Continuing Education & Training, is that ten contact hours equals one Continuing Education Unit.[5] Not all professionals use the CEU convention. For example, the American Psychological Association accredits sponsors of continuing education such as PsychContinuingEd.com and uses simply a CE approach. In contrast to the CEU, the CE credit is typically one CE credit for each hour of contact.

As mentioned, many professional organizations have their own governing bodies that oversee the number of CE credits required and accepted.  Often, therapists are required to meet the CE requirements of the state in which they practice, their parent organization, and any specialty certifications.  Each state has its own set of requirements to a) be initially licensed in the state and b) to renew licensure.  Likewise, each state has its own set of requirements for CE providers to hold courses and seminars in the state.  When moving to a new state, it is always recommended to research the licensure requirements and begin the licensure process prior to the move.  For CE providers, it is imperative to research and connect with each state licensing board to determine eligibility to present courses accepted by the state. 

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