Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

What is a Continuing Education Unit?

A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized unit of measurement for participation in non-credit continuing education programs. Individuals who successfully complete approved programs will be awarded continuing education units. A permanent record of CEUs awarded will be maintained in the university database and will be easily accessible for certification and verification purposes.
How does the University of the Southwest administer the CEU program?

The Continuing & Professional Education (CPE) office administrator manages the review of programs to determine if they qualify for CEUs. To make these determinations, we use guidelines and criteria for awarding CEUs, and compares courses to national standards. CPE also is responsible for awarding CEUs to all students who successfully complete course requirements for CEU approved courses.
How are CEUs calculated?

One CEU is defined as ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience. A CEU can be awarded in whole units or fractions of a unit (one-tenth unit) for each additional contact hour.
What are the benefits of the CEU?
  • Provide a nationally established record of professional development learning activity
  • Encourage individuals to utilize educational resources to meet their personal and educational needs
  • Recognize individuals that continue their education and keep themselves current in their chosen professions
  • Enable individuals to have an accurate source of their current CEU activity
  • Provide a system to document continuing education experiences.

Who approves courses for CEU awards?

USW Office of Continuing & Professional Education (CPE) evaluates courses submitted for CEU approval. CPE sponsors open enrollment courses, workshops, seminars, etc. that are designed to enhance the skills of all participants.
What types of events may be approved to award CEUs?

All non-credit courses, workshops, conferences and seminars that are designed to expand the skills and knowledge of professionals, are eligible for Continuing Education Units CEUs).  CEUs are typically not awarded to a program for which academic credit is received.