IACET Accreditation

The Children’s Forum is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The Forum complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, the Children’s Forum is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)?

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training is a non-profit association dedicated to advancing the global workforce by providing the standard framework for quality learning and development through accreditation. The history of the association includes the development of the original Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and creation and maintenance of the ANSI/IACET Standard for Continuing Education and Training.

IACET uses the ANSI/IACET Standard, in-depth research on the learning process and a nationwide network of experts to help continuing education and training providers develop a framework for continuous improvement and high-quality learning experiences.  Organizations that complete the process to become an accredited IACET provider are able to offer the IACET CEU.

When was the Continuing Education Unit (CEU) created?

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) grew out of a National Task Force on continuing education commissioned by the United States Bureau of Education (now the Department of Education) in 1968. The task force included the leaders in continuing education, such as the American Medical Association and American Nursing Association. The Task Force determined the universal guidelines for continuing education and created the Continuing Education Unit (CEU). IACET was created by the task force to provide both a forum for discussion of education standards and an organizational body to promote quality standards. IACET’s guidelines are based upon in-depth research on the learning process.

How did the Forum become an Accredited Provider?

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) accredits educational providers to award the IACET Continuing Education Unit (CEU). IACET Accredited Providers undergo a rigorous evaluation of their educational processes according to the ANSI/IACET Standard, including two reviews by IACET’s Commission and a site visit by an IACET Commissioner.

Do I need to earn Continuing Education Units (CEU)?

Early care and education professionals may want to earn CEU for four (4) purposes:

  1. If you hold a National Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential through the Council for Professional Recognition, Washington, DC.
    Each Child Development Associate must renew the credential in order to maintain its validity. A CDA Credential is valid for three (3) years from the date of award, after which it may be renewed for five-year (5) periods. The Council for Professional Recognition requires proof of continuing education in order to renew the credential. The proof must be in the form of either 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) or a 3-credit hour college course in early childhood education. The additional training/course work must be taken after the original credential is earned, or since the last renewal.

  2. If you hold a Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) through the Florida Department of Children and Families.
    The FCCPC program is a training program approved by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) that meets or exceeds the criteria and core competencies established as equivalent to the National Child Development Associate (CDA). As of June 30, 2005, all individuals working in a child care facility with a FCCPC must maintain an active credential, per section 65C-22.003, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), by completing the renewal process. The Department of Children and Families requires proof of continuing education in order to renew the credential. The proof must be in the form of either 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) or a 3-credit hour college course in early childhood education. The additional training/course work must be taken after the original credential is earned, or since the last renewal.

  3. If you hold a Florida Director Credential through the Florida Department of Children and Families.
    Effective January 1, 2004, every child care facility in Florida is required to have a director who holds a Florida Director Credential. A Director Credential issued prior to January 1, 2004 will have an initial renewal date of January 1, 2009, and every 5 years thereafter. A Director Credential issued after January 1, 2004, will have an initial renewal date after 5 years and every 5 years thereafter. To maintain a valid Director Credential, candidates must provide proof of either 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) or a 3-credit hour college credit course every five years in any one of the following curriculum areas:

    • Overview of Child Care Center Management
    • Child Care and Education Organizational Leadership and Management
    • Child Care and Education Financial and Legal Issues
    • Child Care and Education Programming
  4. If you hold a Florida School-Age Certification through the Florida Department of Children and Families.
    The Florida School-Age Certification Training Program provides school-age child care professionals with a training option that allows them to meet 65C-22.003(6), F.A.C. Completion of the Florida School-Age Certification training program may also be used to meet the staff credential component required for the Director Credential, as outlined in section 65C-22.003(7)(b)5, F.A.C. To maintain a valid School-Age Certification, candidates must provide proof of either 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) or a 3-credit hour college credit course every five years in a school-age child care curriculum area.

NOTE: One IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Therefore, 45 hours of training (4.5 CEU) are required for renewal of all of the credentials listed in the question above.

For more information, contact Jinan As-Siddiq or Denise Bishop at 888-352-4453 (toll-free) or 850-681-7002 in Tallahassee.