'CEU Provider' Program Announced by NKBA

Hackettstown, NJ — The National Kitchen & Bath Association has implemented a “CEU Provider Program,” aimed at identifying educational courses that meet the association’s criteria to become “NKBA CEU-Approved.”

The Hackettstown, NJ-based NKBA, which announced the program late in 2006, said that the initiative also recognizes those organizations that have achieved “CEU Provider” status. That status, according to the association, is demonstrated “through quality training, professional membership and periodic review.”

“CEU registration is a means of assuring the industry and allied trades that these approved courses are relevant to the industry, and are led by qualified instructors,” the association said. “It also ensures that all programs approved by the NKBA meet the standards required for awarding CEU credit by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).”

According to the NKBA, the CEU Provider Program is broken out into two levels:

1. Individual Course Approval: Organizations can have individual programs approved for CEU credit with the NKBA, for a fee of $100 per course. This will enable organizations to advertise the course(s) as CEU-Approved by the NKBA, will entitle them to use the NKBA-CEU logo on course advertisements, and will get their course(s) listed in the pre-approved course database on the NKBA Website.

2. CEU Provider Status: Organizations can apply as a full CEU Provider. For a fee of $750 annually, plus applicable NKBA membership dues, organizations will get all of the benefits listed above (without any individual course submission fees). The NKBA will also put a link to the organization’s Website and company logo on the NKBA Website.

This also gives organizations access to NKBA’s membership mailing list to promote approved programs.

The implementation of the CEU Provider Program does not change the current system for awarding CEU credits, according to the NKBA, which noted that programs that have not been officially reviewed or approved by the NKBA can still qualify for CEU credit, provided they meet the conditions outlined in the CEU Handbook.

“The CEU Provider Program is merely a way for providers of quality education to gain added exposure and credibility, and for NKBA members to gain access to these programs,” the association said.

Information on the program is available by visiting the CEU Center at www.nkba.org or by contacting the NKBA at (800) 843-6522, ext. 3759.