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CEU Policy


The purpose of this policy is to provide consistent, clear guidelines that can be applied by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Education Committee when determining whether to approve or deny Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Eligibility and Calculation of CEUs

Educational Events

CEUs may be granted to the following types of educational events herein referred to as "course/seminar":

  • Academic classes (offered by an accredited academic institution, usually a college or university)
  • Tele-classes (both live and taped)
  • Online classes
  • Seminars (live – not videotaped)
  • Learning Course
  • Workshops

CEUs will only be granted to course/seminars whose content covers one (1) or more of the current Core Competencies for which the applicant is seeking CEUs. Course/seminar content must be based on current, scientifically valid principles. The IAABC reserves the right to request additional information regarding the validity of the content. Additionally, professional development courses/seminars that fall outside the Core Competencies, but meet all other CEU requirements are allowed. These Professional Development CEUs are limited to six (6) per recertification period.

As an Attendee/Participant

Attendees/participants will receive 1 CEU per one hour of in-class lecture time and two hours per week of homework.

“Homework” is defined as work completed by the participant outside of the lecture portion of an eligible learning event, and it should require data gathering, research and/or review of course materials. Homework must be reviewed by the event presenter or their designated teaching assistant, and must achieve a “pass” or passing grade to earn CEU credit.

Attendees/participants will receive an additional 0.5 CEU per hour of ‘hands on’ work at an educational event. ‘Hands on’ is defined as an attendee working individually with a live animal under the immediate direction and supervision of the event presenter or their designated assistant.

Attendees/participants will receive an additional 0.5 CEU per hour of ‘active workshop’ participation at an educational event.“Active workshop” is defined as a small group of attendees working together, under the immediate direction and supervision of the event presenter or their designated assistant, with set goals to be achieved and approved by the presenter.

As a Presenter

Presenters can earn 1.5 CEUs per hour of presentation/lecture, when the course/seminar meets the subject matter and scientific qualifications outlined under eligibility. Animal training classes regularly offered to the general public as part of a Member’s animal training and/or behavior consulting business do not qualify for CEUs.


Authoring Articles

Authoring an article published in an animal industry or peer-reviewed publication which meets the subject matter and scientific qualifications described below may qualify for 2 CEUs.

An “article” is defined as a researched piece of work, approximately 1000 words or more, with references, quotes and citations. An animal industry publication is defined by The IAABC as the distribution of printed or electronic reproductions by an industry organization for sale to the public or as a benefit of paid membership.

An author may only request CEUs once per article regardless of the number of publications in which it was published.

Authoring Books

12 CEUs may be earned for a book whose target audience is other animal behavior professionals.

8 CEUs may be earned for a book aimed at the general public.

IAABC Tutorials

Tutorial Presenters will earn 5 CEUs.

Presenters will post three comprehension questions about the tutorial material. Participants need to answer all three questions in order to earn 2 CEUs. Answers to the questions are not scored or graded.

Limitations on CEU Credits

Multi-speaker courses/seminars lasting more than three (3) days in length will not be granted more than 36 CEUs.

Single-speaker courses/seminars regardless of length will not be granted more than 25 CEUs.

Members may use no more than 25 CEUs per presenter, per recertification period, unless as part of a multi-speaker course or seminar.

No more than half of CEUs earned in a certification period, i.e. 18 CEUs, can be earned from a consultant’s own work, for either presenting seminars, lectures, etc., or authoring a book.

Presenters may apply and receive CEUs only once per presentation, per certification period regardless of the number of times they may present the same presentation within that certification period.

Animal communication and homeopathic therapy courses are not eligible for CEUs. Licensed therapies of any kind are eligible for CEUs if:

  • The presenter is a state-licensed practitioner (ex., acupuncture, massage); OR
  • The presenter holds at least a bachelor's degree in the topic to be discussed from an accredited institution of postsecondary education; OR
  • The presenter is a licensed veterinarian.

Application and Verification of Attendance for CEU Credit

Application for CEUs

An individual or organization hosting a course/seminar (“Host”) may request CEUs prior to the date of the course/seminar.

All ongoing / on demand courses will be approved for a term of one year, from 1 January to 31 December of the same calendar year, to facilitate re certification. Hosts may apply for an initial 3 year validity, by entering the event with 3 separate occurrences, each occurrence being of one calendar year term. Hosts must inform the Education Committee of their wish to renew at the expiration of the initial term, and update any changes to the course at that time.

Verification of Attendance

For course/seminar events, the Host should maintain an attendance log for all those attending.

For webinars, teleclasses, or online courses/seminars (whether live or previously recorded), Hosts shall give two (2) code words to verify attendance. The first word should be given in the first fifteen (15) minutes of the course/seminar. The second word should be given in the last fifteen (15) minutes of the course/seminar. Participants must submit the code words correctly to the Host for verification of attendance. After such proof has been received, the Host may provide Members with their Approved CEU Form.

For webinars, teleclasses or online courses/seminars that are live, Hosts may take attendance during the first and last fifteen (15) minutes of the course/seminar to verify attendance. Hosts may also submit alternative methods for verification of attendance to the IAABC before the course/seminar.

Issuing CEU credit to Attendees for Personal Input to their Accounts

Hosts will provide to attendees a pre-approved course/seminar "event code" that IAABC members enter into their user accounts. Attendees should also receive an official Approved CEU Form provided by IAABC that should include the IAABC logo, host name, presenter/seminar name, course/seminar date and location, and participant name. A Host signature is also required. We recommend that such forms be provided within the final three (3) hours of the course/seminar in order to prevent attendance fraud.

Appeal for Denied CEUs:

In the event that a CEU application is denied, the applicant may appeal to the IAABC Board of Directors at info@iaabc.org. The applicant must submit evidence and information in support of the application in writing to support the appeal. The IAABC Board of Directors may, at its sole discretion, request additional information prior to ruling on the appeal. Approval of an appeal requires a 2/3 majority to pass. If the appeal is not granted by the IAABC Board of Directors, the applicant may not reapply for CEUs for the same course/seminar unless the course/seminar content has been significantly altered.

Effective November 10, 2014