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Our Society Operating Guidelines describe in detail the manner in which American Society of Safety Professionals is structured and governed. They are intended to accompany and be consistent with ASSP bylaws.

Section 9.5: Continuing Education Units 

I. Purpose

To establish policy and procedure for awarding continuing education units (CEUs).

II. General Policy 

ASSP is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). ASSP complies with the ANSI/IACET standard that is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, ASSP is accredited to issue the IACET CEU. ASSP has a responsibility to provide education that adheres to the IACET standard. ASSP, including ASSP communities (chapters, regions, practice specialties and common interest groups), must ensure that all requirements are satisfied for educational programs.

These are the criteria set forth by the ANSI/IACET standard:

  • Each activity is planned in response to educational needs that have been identified for a target audience.
  • Each activity has a clear and concise written statement of intended learning outcomes.
  • Qualified instructional personnel are involved in planning and conducting each activity.
  • Content and instructional methods are appropriate for the intended learning outcomes of each activity.
  • Participants must demonstrate their attainment of the learning outcomes.
  • Each learning activity is evaluated by the participants.
  • The group has an identifiable unit, group or individual with clearly defined responsibilities for developing and administering learning activities.
  • The group has a review process in operation that ensures that the CEU criteria are met.
  • The group maintains a complete record of each individual's participation and can provide a copy of that record upon request for a period of at least seven years.
  • The group provides an appropriate learning environment and support services.

III. Procedures

A. Responsibility of the Group Requesting CEUs

All education offered by ASSP, including ASSP communities (chapter, region, practice specialty, common interest group), must be designed and delivered as follows:
  • Plan education in accordance with identified needs for a targeted audience.
  • Prepare a concise written statement of learning outcomes and articulate these outcomes in the program brochure or other information provided to target audience.
  • Engage only qualified instructors to deliver the education. Educational background, certifications and experience are determinants of qualification.
  • Ensure that the type of instruction, content, methods of delivery and learning environment support achievement of the learning outcomes.
  • Determine whether the participants have achieved the learning outcomes.
  • Provide participants with the opportunity to evaluate the program.
  • Submit requests for CEUs in accordance with the procedures for requesting the award of CEUs
Programs eligible for CEUs will receive an award without a charge if the program is presented exclusively by an ASSP group. When an ASSP community partners with another organization to deliver an education program that is determined to be eligible for CEUs, ASSP will charge a fee of $100 to offset the administrative cost.  The ASSP community must share responsibility for:
  • Conducting needs assessment of the groups to be served by the event
  • Developing the learning objectives
  • Designing the program
  • Selecting speakers
  • Managing delivery of the event
  • Evaluating the event

B. Responsibility of Administrating CEUs

ASSP will oversee the administration of education and the CEU program. This includes reviewing applications and assisting ASSP communities in obtaining CEUs. Specific responsibilities include:
  • Provide guidance to ASSP communities on conducting education and satisfying IACET criteria.
  • Process requests for CEUs. If IACET criteria are not satisfied, provide guidance to help meet these requirements.
  • Publish procedures for requesting CEUs in Community Leaders Resources. 
  • Perform recordation in membership database of CEUs awarded.
  • Maintain records for a minimum of seven years.

Addendum: Procedure for Awarding CEUs

I. Purpose

To establish procedures for requesting and awarding CEUs.

II. Procedures

1. CEUs will be awarded for those ASSP educational programs that satisfy the criteria established by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The ASSP community requesting this award will complete the necessary application for CEUs.

2. CEU applications shall be submitted in writing to the ASSP Professional Development Department at least four weeks prior to the program date. The ASSP community shall submit the application along with the requested documents stated in the application. 

3. ASSP will provide written notification to the ASSP community advising the results of its application within 10 business days of receipt of the complete application. Appeals concerning the decision shall be directed to the vice president, professional development.

4. Upon receipt of a CEU award, the ASSP community may use this information in its promotion of the program.

5. Along with notice of the award, ASSP will send the ASSP community a sign-in form to provide the following information:

  • Name of the ASSP community
  • Name, dates and location of the event
  • Attendee signatures
  • Electronic record of attendee name, address, email address and ID number.

6. Within one month after completion of the program, the ASSP community shall send the necessary documentation to ASSP’s Professional Development Department via e-mail.

7. ASSP will record CEUs awarded to attendees and retain this information for seven years. Attendees can download their CEU transcript from their online ASSP account.


Approved By| Date | Board of Directors | 12/2019
Replaces Edition Dated | 02/19/2014
Next Revision Due | 12/2022