Types of CPE Credit
The types of CPE credit and documentation accepted for McAfee Institute certifications and other CPE sources are listed below.
Attendee/Participant CPE Credit
You can claim any amount of attendee/participant CPE credits during the renewal process. Attendee/Participant credit is defined as instruction in a formal class or online (e.g. webinar, online course, program, etc) setting. A formal class:
- Has an instructor
- Includes a written course outline
- Has attendance that is required and recorded
You must receive a certificate of completion that includes the number of CPE hours attained to claim Attendee\Participant CPE credit.
College Course Credit
College courses may be claimed and computed at the rate of 15 credits of CPE for each semester hour completed. Not to exceed 15 CPE or 1 Semester hour.
In some publications, the acronym CEU is used, which means a Certified Education Unit. Normally one CEU is equal to (1) 15 classroom hours, (2) one college semester hour, or (3) 15 credits of Continuing Professional Education.
You must receive transcripts stating the course name and the number of credit hours earned to College Course CPE credit.
In-organization training is acceptable, provided that it is offered in a formal setting and meets the above criteria for participant credit. Informal, on-the-job training may not be claimed.
You must receive a certificate of completion that includes the number of CPE hours attained to claim In-Organization Training CPE credit.
Correspondence and self-study courses are accepted for CPE credit, provided they meet the following criteria
- The individual must pass a final examination to receive CPE credit.
- A certificate of completion listing the number of CPE hours attained is issued.
You must receive a certificate of completion that includes the number of CPE hours attained to claim Self-Study CPE credit.
If you are an instructor you may claim CPE credit for the number of hours actually presented plus a maximum of 1 hour of preparation for each hour of presentation the first time the program is given. Subsequent credit for the preparation time will not be presented and should only be counted as the time the presentation was actually presented. A maximum of 12 CPE credits per a year is accepted.
You must receive one of the following to claim Instructor CPE credit:
- Teaching a university course: A confirmation letter on university letterhead that states the name and timeframe of the class taught.
- Teaching a non-university course: Written confirmation from the organization hosting the course that states the name and timeframe of the class taught. A class agenda or course brochure should also be kept for CPE records.
Author Credit (Maximum of 12 CPE Credits per Year)
Time spent preparing articles and books related to the above-mentioned fields will be accepted for a maximum of 10 CPE credits per year.
You must keep a detailed description of the book or article to claim Author CPE credit. The breakdown is as followed 500 words equal 1 CPE
Meeting Credit (Maximum of 10 CPE Credits per Year)
Credit for attending certain meetings may be claimed for a maximum of 10 credits per year. Meetings must either (1) have a formal speaker or (2) relate directly to the competence of the certification in which you have been certified in. Meetings must be at least 50 minutes in length for each hour claimed. Time for lunches, breaks, social gatherings, planning sessions, business meetings, and similar activities must be excluded.
You must receive a certificate of completion that includes the number of CPE hours attained for attendance at the meeting or a copy of the sign-in list stating the date and duration of the meeting to claim Meeting CPE credit.
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