The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized method of quantifying the time spent in the classroom during professional development and training activities. Ten hours of instruction = 1.0 CEU. One hour of instruction = 0.1 CEU.
The Professional Development Hour (PDH) is a term established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) in their “Continuing Professional Competency Guidelines.” In these guidelines, NCEES defines the relationship between CEUs and PDHs as: 0.1 CEU (1 hour of instruction) = 1 PDH; 1.0 CEU (10 hours of instruction) = 10 PDHs.
The primary purpose of the CEU is to provide a permanent record of the educational accomplishments of an individual who has completed significant non-credit educational and career enhancement experiences. CEUs are needed by many individuals to obtain or renew industry certifications or licenses. However, CEUs are not only limited to these professionals.
CEUs are a great way to enhance one’s professional portfolio as well. The process provides printable validation and acknowledgement of the extra learning sessions you are participating in outside of the normal work environment. This can help when you are preparing to move up the corporate ladder, ask for a raise, or simply grow your own personal knowledge of your industry.
CEUs are a great way for chapters to provide an added value to their members when attending chapter events. For only $35/workshops and $50/conferences due from the chapter, you can provide your members with a CEU opportunity at an event they would likely already be attending. Make sure your chapter is taking advantage of some of the lowest prices per CEU in the industry.
Staff Contact: Education Department
The American Public Works Association has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 12100 Sunset Hills Rd, Ste 130, Reston, VA 20190; (703) 234-4065.