LEAPS.TV Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are defined by Wikipedia as a measure used in continuing education programs, particularly those required in a licensed profession in order for the professional to maintain the license. There are both de jure (legal) and defacto (commonly accepted) guidelines for Continuing Education Units.
Dejure Guidelines The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is the recognized US national standards making body. As such ANSI either manages and controls a standards process or delegates it to another organization. In the case of standards for Continuing Education Units ANSI has delegated standardization to the International Association of Continuing Education Training (IACET). In addition to publishing standards for consistent and comprehensive delivery of continuing education the IACET also provides fee-based auditing, compliance and certification services for training providers. IACET also charges a fee for access to online and paper copies of the standards. IACET certification is not required for an organization to issue legally compliant CEUs. Certification by IACET presents a barrier to delivering cost effective training as the IACET services cost several thousand dollars for initial certification and possibly thousands of dollars in additional fees annually.
The three most important aspects of IACET standards are:
IACET Assessment (testing) Guidelines require that in order for a CEU to be issued the learner must answer at least 8 questions correctly from 10 questions attempted. Furthermore, the 10 questions must be drawn from a pool of at least 30 questions for each hour of instruction. Two test attempts are allowed within 30 days. Different organizations may enforce different requirements but the IACET standard sets a minimum requirement.
IACET standards for Records Retention require that the training organization, or their designee, permanently retain accurate and complete records of all CEUs issued.
Defacto Guidelines Each profession has their own guidelines regarding CEUs. Within law enforcement and public safety one CEU does not equal ten hours of training but, rather, the common, defacto, standard is that one CEU is awarded for each hour of training and that a CEU can be pro-rated, for instance 1/2 CEU is awarded for 30 minutes of training. It is also common in law enforcement and public safety to award CEUs without requiring any test whatsoever, such as CEU credit for attending conferences and briefings. It is also equally common that testing guidelines exceed the IACET standards such as requiring both written and practical tests such as proficiency with a firearm or the ability to administer some sort of emergency medical procedure. It is also a common practice for a learner, the learners' agency or even county, state or national training boards or certification agencies to be responsible for keeping records of training taken and certifications achieved, especially for training that has been paid for by the organization.
LEAPS.TV CEUs. LEAPS.TV is not a training organization in the traditional definition of the term. LEAPS.TV provides a knowledge delivery/transfer platform. LEAPS.TV is, in other words, a knowledge conduit. The knowledge source, commonly called a Subject Matter Expert (SME) is ultimately responsible for the accuracy and appropriateness of the content. LEAPS.TV is only responsible for the way in which the knowledge is collected, packaged and delivered.
With regards to Continuing Education Units LEAPS.TV follows the defacto law enforcement and public safety standard of issuing one LEAPS.TV CEU for each 1 hour of online training and pro-rating LEAPS.TV CEUs for portions of hours of training delivered. LEAPS.TV meets or exceeds all IACET standards with regards to assessment and records retention.
As with all professional training it is ultimately the responsibility of the agency itself or a related organization, such as a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) or similar organization to validate, and ultimately accept, or reject, LEAPS.TV programs for CEU or other professional certification or accreditation. This may be the responsibility of the Training Officer, Chief, Sheriff or other members of staff. LEAPS.TV provides guidance in this process by assigning broadcast training programs to one, or more, of eight channels based upon content. The eight LEAPS.TV channels are:
For additional information on LEAPS.TV CEUs in your specific instance please consult your LEAPS.TV Liaison.