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Continuing Education Units

Since 1996, SPIE has awarded CEUs to more than 24,000 short course participants. The CEU is a nationally recognized unit of measure used to quantify continuing education and training activities.

IACET Accredited Provider

Definition of CEU

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) were created as a way to document education in specifically developed activities for adult learners in a variety of disciplines. One CEU is defined as "10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction". One full-day SPIE course equals 0.7 CEU (deducting scheduled break and lunch times). A half-day SPIE course equals 0.4 CEU (deducting one half-hour break).


SPIE has been approved as an accredited provider of CEUs by IACET, The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (Provider #1002092). In obtaining this approval, SPIE has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standards which are widely recognized as standards of good practice internationally. The mission of IACET is to promote and advance quality continuing education and training. SPIE, like other accredited providers, is committed to developing educational experiences which have a clear purpose, result from careful planning, are taught by qualified instructors and which are routinely evaluated. See IACET's Criteria and Guidelines.

Requirements for CEU Award

To receive CEU credit for attending an SPIE course students must:

  1. Be present for the entire course.
  2. Complete course quiz.
  3. Fill in the course evaluation.
  4. Check the box on the front indicating they wish to receive CEUs, and fill in their contact information in the space provided.
  5. Drop the completed quiz and evaluation in the Course Evaluation box in the course room, or return them to the Course Materials desk.


SPIE prepares and sends personalized CEU certificates with course name, date, title, and CEUs earned to participants who complete all course requirements and request the CEU certificate.

Permanent Records

SPIE maintains a record of all CEUs earned for each participant for seven years. These records will be available upon request to the participant only. To obtain a copy of your CEUs earned, e-mail us.