International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)


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The American Welding Society is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

The American Welding Society complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, the American Welding Society is accredited to issue the IACET CEU.



What is IACET?

“The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) developed the original Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and today ensures that providers of continuing education and training can prove they provide high-quality instruction by following the ANSI/IACET Standard for Continuing Education and Training through a rigorous accreditation process.”
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What is a CEU?

A continuing education unit (CEU) is a measure used in continuing education programs to assist a professional in maintaining their license in a given profession. Continuing education or professional development is required in many fields, including welding and engineering.

The Continuing Education Unit or CEU was created and defined in 1970 after IACET and the U.S. Department of Education task force studied the measurement of non-credit continuing education activities. The continuing education unit (CEU) was designed to:

  • Provide a standard unit of measurement for continuing education and training,
  • Quantify continuing education and training (CE/T) activities, and
  • Accommodate for the diversity of providers, activities, and purposes in adult education.

What About PDHs?

AWS will continue to administer PDHs for its educational offerings alongside CEUs. Please contact AWS for more information regarding what to submit for your CWI 9-Year recertification.


Why is this Important?

Being IACET Accredited allows a student to confidently participate in an organization’s education programs. As an IACET Accredited Provider, our training adheres to the ANSI/IACET Standard for Continuing Education and Training. The IACET CEU assures employers, credentialing associations, and licensing bodies, that a learner has completed a quality training program which meets the national standard for continuing education and training.

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