Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credits General Information

Southwestern Child Development Commission, Inc. is proud to be awarded and recognized as an Accredited Provider of The International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) developed the original Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and ensures that organizations/agencies providing continuing education and training can prove they provide high-quality instruction by following the ANSI/IACET 2018-1 Standard for Continuing Education and Training through a rigorous accreditation process. The ANSI/IACET Standard focuses on how continuing education and training programs are developed, provides a certifiable framework of researched and proven best practices.



What is IACET?

The International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) is a non-profit accrediting agency dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs.  IACET is the only standard-setting organization approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for continuing education and training.  The IACET standard is what learners seek for quality and is the core of thousands of educational programs worldwide.  


IACET's mission is to advance the global workforce by providing a standard framework for quality learning and development through accreditation.  IACET's history includes the development of the original Continuing Educational Unit (CEU) and creation and maintenance of the ANSI/IACET Standard for Continuing Education and Training.


As a result of its Accredited Provider (AP) status, SWCDC is accredited to provide IACET CEUs for programs that qualify under the IACET standard.  For additional information about IACET, please visit, 


What is a CEU?

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a standard unit of measurement of continuing education.  One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.  One contact hour is equivalent to 60 minutes of interaction between the instructor and the participants.  The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was designed to quantify continuing education and training activities and to accommodate the diversity of providers, activities, and purposes in adult education.



Which trainings offer CEU Credit?

The trainings on the SWCDC training calendar will clearly state if the credit being issued is a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) or a Contact Hour Credit (CHC).  Most courses are offered for CEU credit, but several are only available as CHC credit.  This information will be located in the course description and on the course event page under Credit Issued.  If you have questions about the type of credit issued, please contact the SWCDC office at or 



What are the requirements to earn the CEU credits?

Participants must register for each course on the SWCDC website for each course to be placed on the course roster.  Attendance and active participation for the entire length of the learning session is required for all courses.  Completion of all required course components is necessary in order to receive the CEU certificate.

Each event page and course flyer will describe the individual course requirements.  Participants will receive a confirmation email upon successful registration for the selected course.

Instructors will notify registered participants of course requirements prior to the start of the course.  


How are certificates awarded?

For self-paced courses, certificates are issued directly from the course software once all course requirements set by the instructor in the course software are met.  The certificate can be found in the certification widget in the course software.  There is an icon that will appear as a button once all requirements are met. Please click on that button and the certificate will appear as a PDF in a new browser window imprinted with the individual participant name, the course title, instructor name, and date of completion.  

For instructor-led online and face-to-face courses, certificates will be emailed to participants upon submission of completed course paperwork, and verification of course completion of attendees is received by SWCDC staff from the course instructor.  Certificates and an email notification of course completion are sent after confirmation of attendance.



Can I access a record of my transcripts and the total number of CEUs earned?

Participants may log in to their accounts on the SWCDC website and access their learning record that will contain the titles of courses taken and the number of CEUs awarded for each course.  Duplicate certificates may be accessed via the course software or Learning Management System. Registration and transcripts are confidential and will only be provided to the participant.   If help is needed, please contact or 



What if I need special accommodations?

If you have any special needs or requests, please contact CE/T staff no less than 36-48 hours in advance of the training date.  SWCDC will assess the request and make accommodations within our abilities and the abilities of our instructional staff.



How does SWCDC ensure the quality of instructors?  

All instructors must submit their credentials, resume, and 3 letters of reference and complete an instructor application.  Once approved all instructors are required to continue their own education and training and provide proof via certificates and up-to-date certifications requested annually from SWCDC CE/T staff.  All approved instructors must have an individual professional development plan.  



What technology is needed for online learning?

Each course event page and course flyer will list the technology requirements needed. 

Technology requirements include  but are not limited to the following: 

High-speed internet is recommended.  Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari are recommended as browsers.  Each participant will need to have their own email address.  The ability to stream a video, a PDF reader, the ability to type a response online (keypad, keyboard, etc.) 



Does SWCDC review training content?   How can participants make suggestions?

 In order to maintain our IACET accreditation, SWCDC, is required to comply with the IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices.  The Standard has ten (10) categories that explain in detail how adult training should be delivered according to the principles of best practice.  


How are we know we are meeting the training needs of the early educators?

We ask you.  It is required that each Accredited Provider must conduct a periodic Needs Analysis to ensure that all training content is current and relevant to the individuals who will attend the trainings


 Verify our Accredited Provider status.