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.

Locating a CERI-Recognized CEU Provider
CERI recognizes multiple CEU providers, with priority recognition of:

Selecting Continuing Education Courses
All CERI-recognized Continuing Education courses must be aligned with the Knowledge and Practice Standards (KPS), and must advertise this alignment.

Familiarize yourself with the (KPS) and determine if your educational and professional goals and needs are reflected in a particular Standards/Sub-Standard.

If yes, search for a course that advertises alignment with these particular Standards/Sub-Standards.

If no, you may search for a course that addresses a broader topic than those which are currently included in the KPS.

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.