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Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Continuous Learning Points (CLPs)


CEUs and CLPs – Getting Credit for Learning

Many ACT-IAC activities provide exceptional learning opportunities for which attendees are eligible to receive educational credit.  Two types of recognition are available – Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Continuous Learning Points (CLPs).   There are differences between these types of credits and many organizations will accept one or both of these credits as evidence of learning needed for other purposes (to meet training requirements, certification programs, etc.)  This document describes the differences between these credits, the criteria for award and the process for obtaining.

If an individual wishes to use these credits to meet another organization’s requirements, it is the student’s responsibility to confirm which type of credit (CEU or CLP) will meet those requirements.

Continuing Education Units  (CEUs)

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) were created to ensure that educational experiences are high quality activities that provide substantive content taught by qualified instructors and result in actual learning.

While many organizations use the term CEU, not all CEUs are the same.  The highest standards are those CEUS issued in accordance with the ANSI/IACET Standard for Continuing Education and Training.  In accordance with this standard, IACET (the International Association for Continuing Education and Training) has established a rigorous set of standards to govern the offering and awarding of CEUs.  The standards range from the establishment of learning objectives to the testing of students to ensure that learning was achieved.

ACT-IAC is an authorized provider of IACET CEUs.

Continuing Learning Points  (CLPs)

Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) are another form of recognition for learning.  CLPs emerged from the DoD and acquisition communities and there is no central governing body or uniform set of standards for issuing CLPs.  The process for offering and awarding CLPs is less rigorous that that for CEUs.

The following ACT-IAC events are eligible for CEUs and/or CLPs.

Acquisition Excellence Training Conference 0.6 6
Executive Leadership Conference 1.6 16
Forums N/A 4
Small Business Alliance events (selected events only) N/A 4
Associates program 3.3 33
Voyagers program 5 50
Partners program 5 50


The major differences between CEUs and CLPs are outlined in the following chart:




Governing body

International Association for Continuing Education and Training


Standards for offering credits

Provider must have control over content; establish learning outcomes; provide quality content and instructors; conduct program evaluations; and establish process for assessing student learning

Established by offering organization (e.g. Defense Acquisition University and individual DoD components establish their own criteria)

Standards for award of credits

Student learning must be assessed through a written test

Student must attend learning event or otherwise participate in an educational experience

What type of training is eligible

CEUs may be awarded for an organized continuing education or training experience, delivered under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction.  Such training may include outside assignment such as field experience.

CLPs may be awarded for training activities (including self-directed study and completing learning modules); professional development activities (participation in organization management, attending OR speaking at conferences or events); publishing articles; professional examinations or certificates; and/or formal educational activities

Standard of measurement

1 CEU is awarded for each 10 contact hours

1 CLP is awarded for each hour of instruction and ½ CLP for each hour participating in general sessions of conferences and symposiums

Minimum length of learning event

Learning must be a minimum of 5 hours

Learning must be a minimum of 1 hour

Conversion rate

1 CEU = 10 CLPs
1 CEU = 10 PDUs

1 CLP = .1 CEU
1 CLP = 1 PDU

Acceptance by other organizations

Depends upon the other organization’s rules.  It is the responsibility of the student to determine what is acceptable.

Depends upon the other organization’s rules.  It is the responsibility of the student to determine what is acceptable.

ACT-IAC process for awarding

  • Within one week after an event for which CEUs may be awarded, attendees will be emailed a link to a test of the learning they received. 
  • The student must complete the test and return to ACT-IAC within one week of receipt.
  • The test will be graded and, if the student passes, a certificate indicating the CEUs awarded will be emailed to the student
  • At the end of each event for which CLPs are being offered, attendees who wish to do so may go to the event registration desk and receive a printed certificate of CLPs awarded
  • Attendees may also receive an emailed certificate by emailing the ACT-IAC contact identified within one week of the event

Receiving CEUs and CLPs

CEUs:  If an event offers CEUs, the individual will be required to take a test of learning achieved.  Within one week after the event all attendees will receive a link to the test and instructions for completing.  Individuals will have one week to complete the test and return it to ACT-IAC.  Those individuals who successfully pass the test will receive a certificate confirming the number of CEUs awarded.

CLPs:  If an event offers CLPs, the individual may obtain a certificate confirming the number of CLPs awarded by visiting the event registration desk at the conclusion of the event or by sending an email to the appropriate ACT-IAC contact within one week of the event ending.  The certificate will be emailed.

If an event offers both CEUs and CLPs, the individual may receive one type of credit or the other – but not both.

For further information on this process, send an email to


Events and Forums

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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