The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Program provides NKBA-certified members with the tools needed to excel in their profession or to promote their expertise to consumers. CEUs recognize members for their efforts to update or broaden their occupational knowledge and skills.
One CEU is defined as 10 contact hours. A contact hour is defined as 60 minutes of interaction between a learner and facilitator or between a learner and materials that have been prepared to facilitate learning, such as an online, on-demand course. An activity where the certified member is on the receiving end of formal training is applicable for CEU credit, provided it pertains to the kitchen and bath industry.
Chapters may invite speakers from any organization to present at chapter meetings. In order to qualify for CEUs, the presentation must pertain to the kitchen and bath industry and be at least one hour in length. The presenter does not need to be an approved CEU Provider for the course to qualify for CEUs. Members are responsible for submitting their own CEUs via an online form. Courses presented at a chapter meeting will not be approved for more than 0.1 CEU (one hour), without the prior approval of NKBA Certification & Design.
Chapters requesting more than 0.1 CEU are required to submit the following documentation to the certification department (firstname.lastname@example.org) four weeks prior to the event date for review. Chapters can view a sample timed agenda here.
The NKBA requires that all certified members earn 2.0 CEUs (or 20 hours of education) every two years. Each two year cycle runs from July 1 to June 30. Certified members who do not meet the CEU requirements at the end of the cycle, will lose their NKBA Certification. Industry professionals and consumers are better protected in a more educated marketplace. By ensuring that all certified members maintain an adequate level of knowledge, the NKBA will assist in building consumer confidence and trust in the industry.
If the NKBA meeting partners with another organization (ASID,HBA, IDS, IIDA, etc.) the program has to certified, typically by IDCEC.