REG 06.10.01 Approval of Noncredit Course Offerings to Award Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Authority: Vice Provost for Continuing Education

History: First issued April 1, 2001. Last Revised: February 5, 2013.

Additional References:
NC State MCE&CE Procedural Guidelines

Contact Info: Vice Provost for Continuing Education (919-515-3373)


The McKimmon Center for Extension & Continuing Education (MCE&CE) is the North Carolina State University (NC State) unit with the authority and responsibility for review and approval of noncredit educational offerings that qualify to award Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to program participants. By definition, one continuing education unit (CEU) is awarded participants for each 10 contact hours of instruction as part of an approved noncredit educational program or activity.


The University or Non-University group that develops and implements noncredit educational offerings for which they plan to award CEUs must meet standards as established by. the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the University of North Carolina General Administration, and NC State.. As the responsible University unit, MCE&CE has developed the requirements listed below to assure CEU-approved programs meet University criteria.

2.1. The standardized “Request for Approval to Award CEUs” formThis link will open in a new window must be completed and submitted to MCE&CE at least 20 days prior to the first day of the program.

2.2. There must be documented evidence of the following:

2.2.1. that the noncredit activity was planned in response to identified needs of a target population;

2.2.2. that clear statements of learner behavioral or performance objectives have been developed;

2.2.3. that qualified instructional personnel were involved in planning each activity with equal attention given to instructional strategies and subject matter; and

2.2.4. that program content was logically organized in a way consistent with the learning outcomes and the instructors are competent in the program subject matter.

2.3. There must be provision for registration of individual participants; and attendance and competency requirements for satisfactory completion of the program must be established and announced prior to offering the program.

2.4. The program must ensure that appropriate learning space, reference materials, and equipment are provided and are consistent with the purpose of each learning experience.

2.5. Each learning activity must be evaluated by the participant and the sponsor with the criteria established prior to the start of the program.

2.6. Satisfactory Completion:

2.6.1. Individual participants cannot select whether or not they will receive CEU’s; satisfactory completion of the stated criteria as developed and evaluated by the instructor/sponsor is the sole factor.

2.6.2. Satisfactory completion by individual participants who will earn CEUs must be certified by the program coordinator or instructor with signature required on the program roster which must be submitted to MCE&CE within ten (10) days after the program ends.

2.6.3. Program rosters must include the name, address, birth date, phone number, and email addresss for all participants receiving CEUs.

2.6.4. CEUs cannot be issued retroactively once the program roster has been submitted.

More information is available at NC State MCE&CE Procedural Guidelines.