Effective July 1st, 2015, the continuing education requirements for Credentialed Educators (CEs) will change. Those changes are highlighted below. Information is also available online.
CEs are required to declare, on a three year basis, the continuing education activities they have completed to maintain their competence as evaluation professionals. The CE designation is awarded for three-year periods. In order to renew their Credential, Credentialed Evaluators must demonstrate that they have completed 40 hours of continuing education activity since their last renewal date.
The present Continuing Education Requirement guidelines identify eligible categories for learning activities. To ensure continuing education across all competency domains, utilization of more than one category of learning activity is encouraged but not mandatory. CEs are encouraged to seek high quality and up to date activities that, where relevant, are organized, sponsored or led by formally recognized organizations (e.g. CES, AEA, EES, RELAC, IDEAS, IPDET) or institutions (e.g. a university).
Criteria for determining whether learning activities can be counted toward the 40-hour requirement:
- The learning activity is relevant to the CES Competency Domains and the connection must be indicated by the CE when reporting.
- The learning activity has a clear goal or outcome for participants.
- The CE has a clear learning goal or outcome for the activity and achieved it.
Eligible categories of learning activities
Attendance at plenary, paper, panel and other sessions at conferences, for example: CES Annual National Conference, AEA Annual National Conference, other evaluation societies’ conferences, other conferences.
Workshop, course and other organized learning event attendance (half a day or longer)
Facilitated and structured learning activities undertaken through in-person or online learning workshops, courses, or other organized learning events, with clear learning goals or outcomes, for example: workshops offered by local CES chapters, workshops offered by other professional associations, The Evaluator’s Institute sessions, workshops offered pre- and post- conferences (e.g. CES, AEA, EES, RELAC, IDEAS). This also includes attendance at university or college courses.
Short learning event attendance (less than half a day)
Facilitated and structured learning activities undertaken through in-person and on-linelearning events, with clear learning goals or outcomes, for example: webinars, breakfast sessions, brownbag ("lunch and learn") sessions.
Development of learning activities for others and learned writing
Research, analysis and preparation of a workshop, seminar, presentation, university/college course, article, book chapter, or other writing on evaluation, for example: background reading, determination of appropriate content, development of learning materials, preparation of speaking notes, drafting of article or chapter.
Learning which occurs through informal mechanisms determined and/or organized by an individual or group not aimed at the production of tangible outputs (such as training or writing), for example: learning circles, journal clubs, independent attentive reading of professional or academic literature.