One CE credit = 1 hour of class time.
One CE “U” = 10 hours of class time.
The Continuing Education Unit or CEU was created and defined in 1970 after IACET and the U.S. Department of Education task force studied the measurement of non-credit continuing education activities. The continuing education unit (CEU) was designed to:
Provide a standard unit of measurement for continuing education and training,
Quantify continuing education and training (CE/T) activities, and
Accommodate for the diversity of providers, activities, and purposes in adult education.
The IACET and U.S. Department of Education task force defined the CEU standard of measurement as:
1 CEU = 10 contact hours
of participation in an organized CE/T experience, delivered under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction. CEUs can often be converted into other measurements, such as Professional Development Hours or Continuing Education Credits, depending on the organization and/or regulating body.
International Association for Continuing Education and Training