Offering CEUs

Why USA?

‌ The Center for Continuing Education (CCE) at the University of South Alabama is accredited by The Commission on Colleges (COC), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), The USA CCE administers, and awards CEUs in accordance with the guidelines set forth by Council on the Continuing Education Unit document and CEU Criteria and Guidelines.

What is CEU?

continuing education unit (CEU) is a measure used in continuing education programs, particularly those required in a licensed profession, for the professional to maintain the license. Examples of people who need CEUs include teachers, interior designers/interior architects, lighting designers, architects, engineers, emergency management professionals, school administrators, educators, nurses, mental health professionals, and social workers. Generally, a CEU is defined as ten hours of participation in a recognized continuing education program, with qualified instruction and sponsorship. CEU records are widely used to provide evidence of completion of continuing education requirements mandated by certification bodies, professional societies, or governmental licensing boards. The records also provide employers with information on training pertinent to particular occupations.

The term CEU is in the public domain. Any organization may award a traditional CEU without requiring any accreditation. With a traditional CEU an employer or other organization must decide on an individual basis whether to honor the CEU from training providers. Therefore using an accredited institution such as USA bring validity and prestige to your continued education. 

Basic Guidelines for CEUs
  •  An identifiable group is responsible for program administration 
  • Instructors are qualified
  • Program syllabus identifies needs and states learning objectives*
  • Appropriate facilities and support services are utilized
  • Participant accomplishments can be evaluated against stated objectives
  • Individual participant records are maintained with the ability to produce a transcript

* More on what is needed in Syllabus

    1.  Identifiable needs
    2.  Learning objectives 
    3. Names of individuals involved in planning
    4.  Vita of instructors
    5. Course outline
    6. List of support materials provided to participants
    7. Explanation of how participants will demonstrate competence
    8. Explanation of the requirements for satisfactory completion
Application Process


The original application with supporting documentation and a $100.00 non-refundable application fee should be submitted to our office, at least 4-weeks prior to the desired approval date. (Checks should be made payable to the University of South Alabama; credit card payments can be accepted over the telephone.) Applications must be approved prior to the offering of any program or activity. No application can be reviewed for CEUs after the activity has been offered. The completed application for CEUs must include the following elements of the event: the purpose of the program or activity intended learning outcomes requirements for satisfactory completion program agenda with content descriptions detailed time schedule of the activity delivery format instructional methodologies to be used a copy of the program evaluation form resumes or vita of all speakers or presenters selection of payment method for individual CEUs after the activity


A letter notifying you of the application’s approval or rejection will be sent as soon as possible. The letters of approval will specify our unique identification number for the conference and the number of CEUs for which it is approved. A supply of registration forms and Attendance Verification Roster will be included. Each participant must complete his/her own CEU registration card and sign the Attendance Verification Roster individually. The Roster is to be signed by your designated representative at the end of the program and is your verification to USA that those who signed the Roster attended and successfully completed the event by the criteria describe in your application.


The original Attendance Verification Roster and a summary of all program evaluations must be received by our office within 10 working days after the program. Certificates of Verification awarding CEUs will be mailed to each eligible participant upon receipt of their registration card and $20.00 recording fee. Certificates will be issued only for those whose names appear on the signed Attendance Verification Roster. If you should need additional information or have any questions regarding the completion of an application, please call 251.460.7200 or email at Fill out the application online below or download the form HERE and Mail to USA Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services 555 University Blvd North, AHE 232 Mobile, AL 36688 . 

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