Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or becoming an IACET Accredited Provider (AP)? You’ve come to the right place. The most commonly raised comments and concerns follow. If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for, please contact us.

Becoming an IACET Accredited Provider

No, only organizations that are chartered or incorporated, governmental units or legally recognized sole proprietorships are eligible to become IACET APs. (However, individuals can be members of IACET.)
Your organization must have been in business and operating under the conditions described in our application for at least one year.
IACET does not approve courses or learning events independent of the AP accreditation process. We approve organizations that provide continuing education and training and that can show, through the application review process, that their policies and processes comply with the ANSI/IACET Standard for Continuing Education and Training.

The Accredited Provider Application Process

Generally, the review process takes three to four months.However, the length of time varies depending on the amount of additional information requested in the application review process and the amount of time it takes to schedule the accreditation interview.
The cost of the application package is $495. At the time of submission, applicants are also required to submit a non-refundable application review fee of $4,290 ($3,275 for current APs that are seeking reaccreditation).This fee covers administrative costs, expenses related to the accreditation interview and reviewer compensation. Additionally, the applicant will remit the organization's first year's annual accreditation fee of $1,095.  These funds are held aside and automatically applied upon approval.  In situations that do not result in the accreditation application being approved, the $1,095 first year's annual accreditation fee will be refunded to the organization.
During the accreditation interview, representatives from the IACET Commission verify that all of the information contained in an organization’s application is accurate. Visitors may ask questions about specific items on the application and may ask an organization to confirm responses with evidence. The Commission also may review course materials and other organizational materials.
Unfortunately sample applications almost beg for imitation. Each organization is different, and thus there is not necessarily one correct response to each section of the application. IACET wants to see that your organization understands each of the Standard Category Elements and can show how your organization goes about meeting each element within the continuing education and training you provide. Your application should describe your organization, how it administers training and provides continuing education units. If you have questions about the application process, we recommend that you attend one of our AP workshops or participate in one of our informational webinars.
When an application is submitted, IACET staff review each application for completeness before passing it on to the IACET Commission. Staff also tracks the status of applications, handles billing and answers questions about the application process.
The most current AP application will always be available at An email notification containing the new application will be sent to organizations that have purchased the Standard and application but have not yet submitted, so that they have the most current version of the application to work with prior to submission.
To ensure the integrity of our accreditation process, IACET does not endorse, recommend or otherwise provide names of consultants that may be qualified to assist providers through the IACET accreditation process. However, providers may use the IACET LinkedIn Group as a resource to assist in finding a consultant. Please join this online group and make your request there to more than 4,000 members in this online community. IACET does not make any representation on the quality or qualifications for consultants found independently by providers. The use of a consultant in obtaining accreditation is not required by IACET. In addition, no consultant or associated firm garner special benefit through the process.

What Happens After Becoming an IACET Accredited Provider

The Accredited Provider accreditation is valid for five years from the date of approval. During the fifth year, an organization that wants to maintain its AP accreditation must apply for reaccreditation, which revisits the steps followed in the original AP application process.
No. If your organization is an AP, you should have an internal review processes in place that ensure your programs, current and new, meet the ANSI/IACET Standard.
Only IACET APs may use the logo. It may not be used by individual IACET members.
IACET notifies members by email and posts notifications at
Yes, as long as your organization selects, monitors and evaluates them using the processes described in your AP application.
Because subsidiaries tend to operate independently of a parent organization, IACET requires that subsidiaries undergo the AP application process and become accredited APs in order to offer IACET CEUs.

More About IACET CEUs

Only an AP can use the IACET AP logo and offer IACET CEUs. If your organization is awarding IACET CEUs under your name at an event, and if you are responsible for ensuring that activities, courses and programs meet all of the ANSI/IACET Standard categories and elements, you may offer IACET CEUs. However, you cannot authorize another organization to offer IACET CEUs.
No, instructors are responsible for delivering the educational content to participants and assessing whether or not participants met the learning outcomes. It is the assumption that the instructor has already established they are competent in the content area prior to the training event. Instructors are not active learners in the training event; they are the facilitators of knowledge.
No, an organization has to be determined to meet ANSI/IACET Standard requirements and be approved before CEUs can be awarded.
Yes, but only if the AP ensures that the courses purchased fully meet the ANSI/IACET Standard, just as you would if you developed the courses internally. For example, you must:
  • Conduct a needs analysis and review the materials before purchasing them
  • Ensure that appropriate learning outcomes are incorporated into course design, development, delivery and assessment
  • Verify that qualified personnel instruct the courses
  • Ensure that effective methodology is employed in the delivery of the learning event or program
  • Ensure that the program is comprehensively evaluated, with the results of the evaluation used for continuous improvement of the training program.

In other words, the purchased courses must undergo the same policies and processes described in the AP application and used on courses your organization develops itself.


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