About Continuing Education Units (CEU) through NMA
Like many professional societies, NMA awards CEU to individuals who satisfactorily complete educational opportunities which meet stated criteria. One CEU represents 10 contact hours of participation in an organized, continuing education experience under reliable sponsorship, capable direction, and with appropriate instruction/facilitation.
At NMA, contact implies a connection between a learner and a learning source. For the purpose of granting CEU, that connection is two-way. A facilitator, group discussion leader, or learning source provider must monitor the individual’s progress and provide feedback and/or verification of attendance and participation.
In 2014, NMA is embarking on developing new Standards of Excellence for Granting CEU. Our mission is to provide clear and “contemporary” direction to our affiliated chapters as they service their members with professional development opportunities. New learning platforms and new electronic applications for employee learning appear constantly and NMA wants to factor these exciting new opportunities into our CEU thinking. We want our members to benefit from standards developed jointly by partners such as The Institute of Certified Professional Managers and other organizations that are credentialed providers of management and leadership development training and talent development.
Until that project is complete, NMA will continue to grant Continuing Education Units as outlined in the Association’s Professional Development Guide and shared below:
Criteria for Evaluating Courses for CEU Credit
- There needs to be a statement of intended learning outcomes; a statement of what the learner is expected to accomplish as a result of the learning activity.
- It helps if the material is from a known source, such as an educational vendor. Generally, materials provided by a vendor are developed by an instructional designer and meet the criteria.
- The materials should include any of the following:
- Primary and/or secondary research material
- Reading lists and/or additional resources
- Questions and answers
- Discussion questions
- Case studies
- Written or oral examinations
- Written exercises
- Action plans
- There must be interaction with discussion between the instructor and the students along with an evaluation at course conclusion. It cannot just be viewing a film or listening to a tape, and it must be at least one hour in duration.
- The content must apply broadly to a general audience and be focused on personal and professional development. Unfortunately, we cannot issue credit for chapter-specific content. For example, the content cannot be “How to be an effective NMA chapter president,” but it can be “Leadership Issues in the Workplace.”
- The content generally should fall in four identified areas:
- Personal Development, such as Time Management, Work Life Balance, Presentations Skills
- Team Development, such as Problem solving, Decision making, Brainstorming, Virtual Teaming
- Communications, such as Listening Skills, Report Writing, Newsletter Publications, Selling Your Ideas, Use of Social Media as a Business Strategy, etc.
- Computer Software, such as Excel, Access, Database Management, E-business, Net Meetings
- To be able to grant CEU Credit for a non-NMA course, a B-4 Form must be completed and submitted to NMA Headquarters for approval. The form is available on line at www.nma1.org. Go to the Education tab and then click on “On line forms” in the middle of the page.
- There should be some type of participant evaluation at the end.
- The course must be a least 1 hour in length; but has no limitation on the number of hours.
CEU Documentation (B-3, B-4, and B5 Forms)
Note: All three CEU documentation forms can be filled out on-line and submitted electronically as well as being available for download.
B-3 Form – Request for Authorization to Grant CEU
Chapters wishing to grant CEU must apply at the beginning of each year, no later than January 15, by submitting a completed B-3 Form electronically to NMA headquarters. The B-3 form is simply your chapter’s professional development “plan” for the year. NMA wants to know that chapters are not haphazardly “shooting darts”, but rather, can show a credible schedule and strategic plan that is indicative of a “learning organization”. NMA headquarters will review and approve the request and will notify the chapter of the effective date. Chapters are required to fill out a new B-3 Form each year to retain authorization to give CEU.
B-4 Form – CEU Approval Request for a Non-NMA Course
Chapters wishing to grant CEU for a non-NMA course must apply by submitting a competed B-4 Form electronically to NMA headquarters before the course begins. A separate B-4 Form is required for each non-NMA course the chapter wants to conduct. In order to receive CEU credit, chapters must indicate the learning outcome(s) for the planned course for which the participants are able to demonstrate. In the written reply from NMA headquarters approving the course, the chapter will be provided an assigned course code and the course CEU value.
B-5 Form – Application for CEU Certificates for Students
Chapters wishing to give class participants a CEU certificate at the completion of a class must make a request by submitting a completed B-5 Form electronically to NMA headquarters within four weeks of course completion. There are two criteria that must be satisfied before CEU credit is given to participants. They must have attended 75% of class hours and are able to demonstrate the designated course learning objectives. The facilitator needs to make the judgment whether both criteria were satisfied by a Yes or No indication on the form. The course code and CEU value needs to be included on the form besides the name of each participant along with indicating whether the participant is eligible to receive a CEU certificate. CEU Certificates are free for NMA members and $10 for non-members.
Other Items of Importance Concerning CEU
- All NMA proprietary courses have been assigned CEU values and a course code. Chapters may contact headquarters if they need to have the course code.
- AFTER chapters submit a B-5, a CEU file is sent electronically to the chapter Professional Development Chair identifying each class participant eligible to receive a CEU certificate for the class.
- NMA headquarters maintains a minimum 7-year file on student CEU.
- The NMA has developed a policy on the Security and Privacy Statements for CEU Records that is published in the Professional Development Guidebook.
- There is a No Release of Information Policy to Third Parties Statement. The only exception is when NMA receives a personal written request to send a CEU record to a school or organization.