Let’s say that during your most recent visit to the doctor, he or she informed you that they hadn’t taken a class in medicine in the past 20 years. Or, to make matters worse, they hadn’t even read a medical journal since earning their degree. Maybe you visited your lawyer or accountant, and neither of them had taken any updated courses since they earned their licenses to practice. You would probably be hesitant to allow any of these professionals to get anywhere near you, right?
You now have an idea of what professionals do to keep up with everything that is constantly happening with regards to their given occupations. In fact, virtually every profession requires that those who have earned a license to practice in that field must take a specified number of CE hours and resulting credits in order to continue to exercise their license in their state.
Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants and Such
These professionals are probably the most obvious of the many who are required to take continuing education coursework in order to continue their licenses to practice what they do. There are many occupations that require this, most within given periods of time after they have worked in a given field.
What are CE Credits and How Do They Benefit?
Earning CE credits is much like general adult education, except that coursework is aimed at a particular professional segment. Further, this coursework does not include what many would consider basics of learning such as literacy, English skills, and those courses that might be required in order to earn a GED certificate. Instead, professionals take these courses in order to keep their knowledge of their respective fields up-to-date and learn the latest advancements in their areas of expertise.
Coursework is often provided by divisions of the respective professional fields. When an accrediting group is in another area, the hours offered may be presented by a local organization such as a college or a university. For example, CPAs receive their CE credit via their professional organization, the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), which requires a certain number of hours per year in order to be able to continue practicing as a CPA. This coursework is offered by the AICPA at numerous colleges and universities throughout the country in order to make them available to all who qualify for these courses.