What are CEUs and why should they matter to me?

student on laptop Professional development, CE, continuing ed courses and CEUs are a few of the phrases used in reference to continuing education. For some, continuing education can be a tricky thing to understand, but they can be invaluable tools to help you advance in your career.
Continuing education courses cover specific topics in industries like fire science, safety, criminal justice, business and behavioral health. Enrolling in a continuing education course is a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge on a specific subject.  
Continuing education courses—like the Certified Safety Exam Prep Course, Fire Officer I and Fire Officer II—are courses that you can take to earn continuing education units (CEUs). In addition to learning more about their industry, students may also choose to have their CEUs evaluated for transfer credit. Some continuing education courses may also count as prerequisites to elect for certification exams.     
For example, students will earn 4.2 CEUs for continuing education course, Fire Officer I. After successfully completing the course (with an overall score of 70 percent or higher), students are eligible to sit for the Fire Officer I certification exam administered by the Alabama Fire College, if they choose to do so.
To learn more about continuing education courses at CSU, visit ColumbiaSouthern.edu/CE.