You may have read in our conference promotions that NFPA is offering CEUs at our education sessions in Chicago. But what exactly is a CEU?
The CEU or continuing education unit is a way to measure participation in non-credit educational experiences such as our NFPA Conference & Expo and our NFPA seminars. The main purpose of a CEU is to provide a record of what educational experiences an individual has successfully completed.
One CEU is equal to ten hours of participation. In Chicago, your registration badge will have a bar code that will be scanned upon your arrival at a session. You will be awarded 0.1 CEU for a one-hour session; 0.2 CEU for a 2-hour session, etc. Full participation in a session is required for CEU credit. You will forfeit CEU credit if absent for more than 10 minutes from any session due to late arrival, early departure, or an unscheduled break.
Why should you care?
If you need to provide evidence that you have completed continuing education requirements to a certification body or licensing board, CEUs are essential. Without documenting your continuing education, you may lose your professional designation or, in some cases, your license. If you don’t have to document your continuing education, the CEU remains valuable, but in a more intangible way.
NFPA has been approved as an authorized provider of CEUs by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), the premier standard-setting organization for continuing education providers. In order to become an approved provider, NFPA had to go through an extensive application process. By successfully navigating this application process, we demonstrated our conformity to the ANSI/IACET Standards which are widely recognized as standards of good practice internationally. So when you attend NFPA educational events, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality.
Please let me know if you have any questions.