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CEU Award Procedure for Noncredit Continuing Education Programs

Basic definition of the Continuing Education Unit (CEU)

A CEU is defined as ten contact hours of participation in an organized noncredit continuing education activity under (1) responsible, competent sponsorship, (2) capable academic direction, and (3) qualified instruction. A program must meet these three criteria to be considered for CEU certification.

The following are two examples of situations where the CEU could be awarded and how the appropriate number of CEUs to be assigned would be computed.

    1. Short‑term education program (conference, institute, or workshop)
Contact hours: 18 (6 hours a day for 3 days)
Outside assignments: 6 one-hour assignments (estimated by program coordinator)
Total contact hours: 24
TOTAL CEUs = 2.4
    2. Internet‑based class
Contact hours (electronic or otherwise): 6 
Online assignments: 26 one-hour assignments (estimated by instructor or facilitator) 
Total contact hours: 32
TOTAL CEUs = 3.2

The criteria and guidelines for awarding the CEUs set minimum contact hours for awarding them. At our discretion, the University may require more extensive standards such as submission of papers and/or passing tests. An individual must achieve a minimum score of 80% on a course/certificate program in order to satisfactorily complete it and be awarded CEUs.

Assignment of CEUs will be based on the instructor/department’s judgment of the average number of hours of work required to complete the course. The total of these hours would then be divided by 10 to calculate the correct CEU total.

Purposes of the CEU

Eligible Programs

Across the country, CEUs are assigned to the following types of noncredit programs by sponsoring units:

Criteria for Determining Program Eligibility

At Ohio University, programs must meet the following criteria if they are to award CEUs. These are criteria that eLearning OHIO agrees identify sound programs:

Occasionally, professional associations and other clientele groups will request that University academic and administrative units co‑sponsor programs and award CEUs for participation. In general, these requests will not be granted unless the above criteria are met.


Complete the CEU application and submit it to Nina Queen by email at The application will be evaluated to determine if CEUs will be awarded.

If you have any questions, call Nina Queen at 740.533.4548 or email