Many professional membership organizations require continuing education credits (CEC) so that members stay up to date and sharp in their work. The way these credits are earned can vary widely, but most systems give CEC for participation in courses, performing research, giving presentations, etc. Every organization requires a different number of credits to be accumulated within a set period of time.
Most states require certain professionals (for example, teachers and architects) to complete a number of CEC in order to renew their licenses. This is known as Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE). The credits offered in conjunction with ADA Audio Conference do not count towards MCE.
Some organizations refer to CEC with other terms like Continuing Education Units (CEU) or Learning Units (LU), but the meaning is the same. They require a certain amount of credits or units to maintain membership. Usually the number of credits earned for an activity is equal to the time spent doing it, but some activities can earn more or less credits per hour.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the largest association of HR professionals in the world. It offers its members access to a substantial body of research, resources, and trainings. In addition it offers or approves many different programs for continuing education credits which can be applied towards the HRCI recertification process. The ADA Audio Conference is an example of such a program.
There is no such thing as credits labeled SHRM credits. What we mean by this is Continuing Education Credits sponsored by SHRM. These credits can be submitted to HRCI as a part of the recertification process. Such credits earned through the ADA Audio Conference are applicable to PHR and SPHR recertification, but not GPHR.
HR professionals who need credits for recertification from HRCI are the intended recipients of the SHRM Continuing Education Credits that are offered. Other groups or organizations may accept them for various projects, but the credits have only been pre-approved for HRCI recertification.
Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) is an organization that promotes the establishment of professional standards in the HR community. HRCI offers certification to HR professionals who have demonstrated professional experience and pass a comprehensive exam. HRCI offers three different certification programs: PHR (Professional in Human Resources), SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), and GPHR (Global Professional in Human Resources). After certification, a person may display their certification status by listing the initials after their name.
Certified HR professionals need to recertify with HRCI every three years in order to demonstrate their continued commitment to staying up to date in the HR field. Recertification can be achieved by retaking the examination or by accumulating 60 continuing education hours during every three year period. Educational hours are available for a number of activities, including (but not limited to) membership in a professional organization, serving on a committee within your organization, instruction on a HR topic, on the job experiences, and participation in select programs and teleconferences (like HR relevant sessions of the ADA Audio Conference).
The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets the standard for quality rehabilitation counseling services in the U.S. and Canada. After a certification process that culminates in a comprehensive examination, the commission is able to certify professionals as Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC). The commission requires recertification every five years. This is accomplished by retaking the exam or accumulating 100 CRC credits within the five year period.
CRC credits are continuing education credits approved by Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) that can be applied to recertification as a CRC, CCRC (Canadian), CRC-MAC, CRC-CS or CRC-MAC-CS. CRCC has a list of pre-approved programs and trainings that qualify for CRC credits on its website. Selected sessions of the ADA Audio Conference qualify for CRC credits.
Those professionals who need credits for recertification from CRCC may request CRC credits from DBTAC - Great Lakes ADA Center. The credits have not been accepted as part of any other programs.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a membership organization of architects dedicated to promoting and upholding high standards within the profession. Membership in the organization requires a degree in architecture (or a technical job under the supervision of an architect) and 18 AIA CES learning units every year for renewal of the membership.
AIA credits, or AIA CES (AIA continuing education system) learning units, are continuing education credits approved by the AIA. They are counted towards the 18 learning units that AIA members need each year to renew their membership. Select sessions of the ADA Audio Conference qualify as AIA credits.
Only AIA members need AIA CES credits. They are used to maintain membership in AIA and have no other use.