Q: What is a CEU?
A: The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a currency that measures a person's participation in a formal, non-credit continuing education program, such as a workshop, seminar, tutorial, or self-study course. Courses approved by IEEE for awarding CEUs meet strict requirements for course exercises, assessments, and evaluations.
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Q: What is a PDH?
A: The Professional Development Hour (PDH) is a currency that measures a person's participation in a formal, non-credit continuing education program, such as a workshop, seminar, tutorial, and self-study course. It also measures non-formal learning events such as attending speaker events, learning tours, and webinars.
Q: Can CEUs be converted into PDHs?
A: Yes, CEUs can be readily translated into PDHs (1 CEU = 10 PDHs).
Q: What is the difference between CEUs and PDHs?
A: The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) prepared a manual entitled "Continuing Professional Competency Guidelines
" that "provides guidelines for the jurisdictions and territories that have or are planning to have continuing professional competency requirements for relicensing." In this document, the terms "professional development hour (PDH)" and "Continuing Education Unit (CEU)" are defined. See below for these definitions. Refer to NCEES's "Continuing Professional Competency Guidelines
" for further information on PDH and CEU requirements and criteria. Also, check with individual jurisdictions and territories for their specific requirements.
- A contact hour (nominal) of instruction or presentation. The common denominator for other units of credit.
- Unit of credit customarily used for continuing education courses. One continuing education unit equals 10 hours of class in approved continuing education course.