Posted on: April 23, 2024
Author: Randy Bowman
Understanding the CEU: IACET's Stewardship and the Public Domain image

In the realm of continuing education and training, the Continuing Education Unit (CEU) stands as a hallmark of quality and rigor. As stewards of the CEU, the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) plays a crucial role, not as proprietors but as custodians of this standard.

Our commitment is to uphold the integrity and value of the CEU, ensuring it remains a trusted marker of outstanding educational experiences.

The CEU: A Standard Beyond Ownership

The concept of ownership in the context of standards like the CEU is a nuanced one. Much like how no single entity owns the “inch” in measurements, the CEU is not owned but rather is nurtured and safeguarded by those who understand its value. Organizations worldwide recognize the importance of adherence to established standards, ensuring that their educational offerings are not just quantifiable but also of high quality. In this light, IACET’s role is akin to that of an agency [1] ensuring your ruler meets the universally accepted standard of the inch – a subtle yet significant distinction that underscores our responsibility to the educational community.

The Public Domain and the Value of the CEU

The CEU is available for use in the public domain, a testament to its foundational role in the landscape of continuing education and training. However, leveraging the CEU is not merely about applying a calculation formula; it's about engaging with a comprehensive framework designed to ensure educational excellence. The true essence of the CEU lies in its complete structure, embodying a standard that encompasses rigorous learning outcomes, assessment strategies, and quality assurance measures.

IACET: Custodians of the Standard Through Consensus

The evolution of the CEU is a narrative of commitment to excellence, underscored by IACET's pivotal role in its development. Our organization has been instrumental in defining, refining, and promoting the CEU, guided by a research-backed, consensus model of standards development. This approach ensures that the CEU not only reflects the current educational landscape but also remains responsive to the evolving needs of learners and industries alike. Through this collaborative and rigorous process, IACET maintains the standard for the CEU, reinforcing its relevance and credibility.

In conclusion, the CEU, as stewarded by IACET, is more than just a unit of measurement; it is a beacon of quality assurance in continuing education and training. By adhering to the CEU standard, organizations signal their commitment to high-quality learning and professional development. As we continue to safeguard and promote this valuable standard, we invite all stakeholders to engage with and uphold the principles that make the CEU a gold standard in education.

About the Author


Randy is a seasoned executive leader currently serving as the President and CEO of IACET, a non-profit accrediting body in the continuing education and training sector. With a focus on strategic vision and operational excellence, he effectively leads the organization to achieve its mission and goals.

With over two decades of experience in various leadership roles, Randy has a proven track record of driving organizational success. His expertise lies in aligning technological solutions with strategic objectives, ensuring operational efficiency and sustainable growth.

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