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How to Receive Course Credit

Many of the courses offered at NHI can be used toward obtaining Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Certification Maintenance (CM) credits, and Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Please select the headers below for more information about receiving credit.

Continuing Education Units

NHI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

IACET is an independent, non-profit association whose goal is to ensure quality continuing education for professionals. For an organization to become an IACET approved CEU Authorized Provider, it must demonstrate that it designs, develops, and delivers training in accordance with proven adult learning theory and recognizes instructional systems design practices. Each course description in the NHI catalog includes the number of CEUs offered upon successful completion of the course.

One CEU is offered for every ten contact hours of training led by a qualified instructor and qualified instruction. In order to be offered CEUs, a course participant must attend 100% of the course and must pass the course examination with a score of 70% or greater.

CEUs are offered to each course participant who fulfills the above stated requirement. NHI will maintain individual training records for seven years for the CEUs offered. Individuals and their employers are also encouraged to maintain their own training records including course name, class date(s), instructor name, class roster, and CEUs offered.

For proof of your CEU record, please contact NHI at NHICustomerService@dot.gov or 1-877-558-6873 and request your official transcript. Your official transcript displays a record of your NHI course history as well as the CEUs offered for each CEU-accredited course. Please allow at least one month after the completion of your course before requesting your official transcript.

Certification Maintenance Credits

NHI is now offering Certification Maintenance (CM) credits to assist professional planners become and maintain their membership as certified planners through the American Planning Association (APA).

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is APA's professional institute. Certified Planners have demonstrated a commitment to high standards of professional practice and a mastery of theories and tools of planning.

NHI recognizes that the certification carries a high mark of distinction and requires planners to meet rigorous standards and maintain their expertise through continuing education. Planners must earn 32 CM continuing education credits every two years in order to stay up to date on the latest trends, technologies, and best practices. NHI courses will now help them achieve that requirement.

CM credits are measured in contact hours, so that 30 minutes of instructional time equals 30 minutes of CM credit (30 minutes contact = 0.5 CM credits; 1.0 contact hours = 1.0 CM credits). An event must be at least 30 minutes in duration to be eligible for CM credit.

For proof of your CM credits, please contact NHI at NHICustomerService@dot.gov or 1-877-558-6873 and ask for an official transcript. Please allow at least one month after the completion of your course before requesting your official transcript.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

NHI does not officially offer PDHs; however, it is possible to receive PDHs for your completed NHI training courses. To receive PDHs, please submit your course certificate (which indicates the contact hours assigned to the course) and/or your official transcript (which indicates the CEUs granted for a course) to the respective licensing agency. Upon consent, the licensing agency will convert your hours and/or CEUs into PDHs and proceed with the PDH awarding process.

PDHs are offered on a ratio of one contact hour to one PDH. When converting from CEU to PDH, please note that one CEU is equal to ten PDHs (or one PDH is equal to one-tenth of a CEU).

To request your official transcript with proof of CEU record and/or contact hours, please contact NHI at NHICustomerService@dot.gov or 1-877-558-6873. Your official transcript displays a record of your NHI course history as well as the CEUs offered for each CEU-accredited course. Please allow at least one month after the completion of your course before requesting your official transcript.

More Information

Course CEUs

For information on CEUs by course, please visit our Course Search page. Once on the Course Search page, please search for the course you are interested in. When you reach the search results page, select the title of the course you are looking for. You will then be directed to the Course Description page, where the CEUs for the desired course are listed, if applicable.

Requesting Course Credit

Please contact the NHI Registrar at nhiregistrar@dot.gov for an official transcript. The official transcript displays your course history and as well as the CEUs awarded for each CEU-accredited course.

Please allow at least one month after the completion of your course before requesting your official transcript and/or your course examination score from NHI.

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