Continuing Education Unit (CEU) One CEU equals ten contact hours of participation in organized continuing education/training experience under responsible, qualified direction and instruction (definition of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training-IACET). Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are based on the number of 60-minute contact hours for a course or program. (Example: If a course or program meets ten contact hours, you will receive one CEU.) To receive CEUs, you must be present for the entire course or program. Earned CEUs may be useful in maintaining certification or licensure. They may also document your continuing professional education for an employer, association, or credentialing agency. Cal Poly Extended Education will maintain a record of the CEUs you have earned through our programs and courses. CEUs are for non-credit courses or programs. They cannot be converted to quarter or semester hour credit and they cannot be applied to degree programs. If you have questions about CEUs or your records, please contact Cal Poly Extended Education.