Continuous Education Units (CEU)
A Pivotal Professional Development In the Martial Sciences
Beginning in January 2018, the American Self-Defense Association will be authorized to issue Continuous Education Units (CEU) for the study in its martial sciences program. These CEUs are recognized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and the American Standards National Instituted.
What ASNI/IACET Accreditation Means to ASDA Members
In order to achieve Authorized Provider accreditation, a rigorous application process was completed by ASDA demonstrating adherence to the ASNI/IACET 1-2007 Standard addressing the design, development, administration, and evaluation of our martial science training program. The application process was finalized with approval of an IACET Commissioner.
ASDA, being an Authorized Provider of continuing education and training means students enrolled in their training receive the highest quality training meeting the ANSI/IACET Standard.
As the official standard for continuing education and training (CE/T), ANSI/IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are recognized by a wide range of organizations, including professional associations, regulatory boards, corporations and universities.
IACET CEUs are transferable; however, it is up to each organization to choose whether or not it will accept the CEUs. For this reason, it is strongly advised that individuals and/or organizations confirm in advance if a particular body accepts IACET CEUs before taking a particular training course.
CEUs and College Credit
Most colleges and universities will not directly accept Continuing Education Units for college or graduate credit. However, those who have the ability to assess prior CE/T learning activities as part of an overall portfolio of work experience, credentials and certifications may consider the CEU.
IACET Accredited Providers undergo the rigorous IACET approval process to be among the best CE/T providers in the world. To deliver these providers the value of IACET AP recognition and tell the “IACET story” to more educational organizations, IACET is compiling a continuously updated list of certifying/licensing organizations that accept the IACET CEU.
The Continuing Education Unit – How to Calculate CEUs
One (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) equals ten (10) contact hours of learner interaction with the martial science content of the learning activity, which includes classroom (Seminar), self-paced instruction, pre/post assignments, and/or homework in support of a learning outcome. But how do you calculate the number of CEUs for a learning event? A contact hour is one clock hour of interaction between a learner and instructor, or between a learner and materials, which have been prepared to cause learning. Contact implies a connection between a learner and a learning source. For purposes of the CEU, that connection is two-way; that is, the instructor or learning source must monitor the learner’s progress and/or provide some form of feedback to the learner. This definition applies for face-to-face interaction as well as distance learning programs. The CEU should not be awarded for learning activities in which individuals are engaged in unplanned, unsupervised, or non-sponsored learning.
Counting Hours toward CEU
When calculating the number of CEUs for a course or seminar, the number of contact minutes will be totaled and divided by 60 to arrive at the number of contact hours. Total contact hours must then be divided by 10 to obtain the number of CEUs. CEUs are expressed in tenths of a CEU; that is; 17 contact hours equate to 1.7 CEU; a three contact hour program equates to .3 CEU.
In seminars or programs where participants learn and progress at their own pace, the ASDA supervisor will establish a standard number of contact hours based on an average number of hours required of several representative learners to complete the program. The introduction of a new self-paced course might select a representative sample of the intended audience - the larger the audience the better - to complete the course. Note the following illustration.