Continuing Education Units (CEUs, PEUs, etc.)

Continuing Education Units (CEU)
If a course has CEUs attached it is noted next to the tuition. One CEU is awarded for every ten hours of completed course work. To receive a certificate documenting CEUs earned, students must attend at least 80 percent of all class meetings and submit a written request.

Emory Continuing Education offers a variety of courses that provide continuing education units. Continuing education units, or CEUs, provide the framework for documenting your efforts to update or broaden your knowledge and skills through non-credit educational options. These CEUs are accepted by many employers and professional agencies as evidence of your commitment to career advancement and the maintenance of professional competence. Courses granting CEUs do not offer academic credit.
Because the continuing education units required for various licensed professions are known by many different names, you must check with the licensing board for your profession to ensure that a course meets the educational requirements. Terminology examples include:

  • CMEs or continuing medical education referred to by medical professions.
  • CPEs or continuing professional education referred to by some professions such as accounting.
  • PLUs or professional learning units referred to by teaching professions.

What is a Continuing Education Unit or CEU?

A continuing education unit, or CEU, is a nationally recognized unit for measuring participation in noncredit continuing education programs. One CEU is defined as “10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience, under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction." Continuing education units are not granted for hours spent on such activities as performances, field trips, or tours.  Obtaining CEUs requires minimum 80% attendance and completion of any required make up work. To ensure accurate attendance tracking, students must sign  the attendance roster during each class. Emory Continuing Education retains the right to not provide CEU verification if proper documentation of attendance cannot be provided.

What is a Professional Learning Unit or PLU?

A PLU is "one unit of credit based on 10 contact hours of formal instruction or its equivalent (preparation phase) and on verification that the intent of the formal instruction has been implemented on the job (on-the-job performance phase) or on mastery verification conducted during the preparation phase," as administered by the Georgia Department of Education (Staff Development Services). For more information about PLUs, visit the Georgia Department of Education.

How do I find courses with CEUs?

Courses granting CEUs will indicate the number of CEUs provided. Just look up the appropriate course on our website and view its details.

How do I get a copy of my student record?

Verification of your CEUs will be provided upon request.  Student records printed from our website are for personal tracking only and cannot be used to verify the number of CEUs accredited to the student.  To obtain a certificate of completion with your CEUs, please submit your requests to  CEU verification takes approximately two weeks.

Additional Resources:

Educational Requirements for Professional Licensure:

The Professional Licensing Board Division in the Georgia Secretary of State’s office provides administrative support to the various licensing boards in the state of Georgia and maintains information about educational requirements on their website. For information about the educational requirements of specific professions in Georgia, please visit the Georgia Department of Education.

Educational Requirements for Georgia Teachers:

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC) sets the educational requirements for preparation, certification, and continued licensing of Georgia public educators. The GPSC has established guidelines in standard 505-2-.24 STANDARD RENEWAL CREDIT for the use of CEUs and PLUs to satisfy the educational requirements for teachers. For details, please contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.