All CERI certification holders will need to document that they have completed 10 hours of KPS-Aligned Continuing Education Units (CEU) annually prior to renewing their certification. Therefore, one-year Certification Renewals require 10 or more hours or 1.0 CEU and three-year Certification Renewals require 30 or more hours or 3.0 CEUs at time of renewal.

Acceptable CEU Providers

CERI will accept any continuing education training, conference, event, university course, webinar, or other learning opportunity whose subject matter adequately covers at least one of the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading (KPS) and which provide the participant with acceptable documentation of attendance upon completion. This documentation must contain the participant’s name, the name of the hosting organization, the date the event/training was completed and the total number of CEU contact (seat) hours or units the participant earned.

For credits earned through the completion of courses through a college or university, in addition to a transcript containing the participant’s name, the name of the institution, the date of completion, the course number and number of credits earned, we would also require a course description or syllabus for each course being submitted for CEU credit. These documents can generally be obtained from your institution’s registrar’s office, course catalog and/or website. Further information on the documentation of CEUs for the purposes of CERI certification renewal can be found in this document as well as on the CEU Log and our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Maintaining a Record of Your CEUs
Candidates are encouraged to download and complete the fillable Continuing Education Log as a means of maintaining an orderly record of their Continuing Education: Download CEU Log

Candidates should also retain a copy of their CEU Certificates of Attendance (COAs), which will need to be submitted with the completed Continuing Education Log in order to support certification renewal requests. A Certificate of Attendance should contain the applicant’s name, the name of the training, the hosting organization, the date and the total number of clock hours earned by the CEU. You can find additional information related to the documentation of CEU credits here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a Continuing Education Unit (CEU)?
A: CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit. A CEU is a unit of credit equal to ten hours of participation in an accredited program designed for professionals with certificates or licenses to practice various professions. CEU records are widely used to provide evidence of completion of continuing education requirements mandated by certification bodies, professional societies, or governmental licensing boards.

In order to be used in support of an application for CERI Certification Renewal, all CEUs must be in relation to one or more of the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading (KPS).

Q: How many CEUs does CERI require for Certification Renewal?
A: CERI requires educators to complete at least 10 clock hours of continuing education to support certification renewal. Clock hours are sometimes alternatively referred to as “contact hours” or “seat hours” depending on the provider. Some organizations list their continuing education credits in terms of CEU Units. Typically, one CEU Unit is equivalent to 10 contact hours but you should confirm this with the provider organization issuing your CEU documentation. Courses provided through many colleges and universities often indicate how many credits a course consisted of. Generally, one college/university credit is approximately equal to 15 clock hours, but this should also be confirmed with the issuing institution.

Q: What is the cost of earning CEUs?
A: The cost of earning CEUs vary.  Providers typically charge a cost for participants to attend a training event or to access training resources and assess a charge for issuing the CEU itself. You should check with the organization or institution issuing the CEUs regarding any fees that may be involved in participating in the CEU event, taking any required assessments or evaluations and/or issuing you a CEU certificate once completed.