Continuing Education

Continuing education is essential in any certification program. By updating and refreshing your knowledge of the industry, you show a commitment to lifelong learning and advancing your expertise.

All IKECA certifications require Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to qualify for renewal. Certification renewal is separate from Annual Member Dues, and is required to maintain certified statutes with IKECA.

Industry Standards Affecting CEUs:

IKECA’s certification program is in line with nationally accepted standards for continuing professional education.  The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) currently accepts 60 minutes of education content as 1/10 of a CEU (10 hours = 1 CEU).  To this end IKECA has adopted the following modifications to the Continuing Education Unit requirements for Certification Renewal:

One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 10 hours of educational content.

IKECA Continuing Education Requirements:

CECT:  1.0 CEUs (10 hours) every 24 months
CECS: 1.5 CEUs (15 hours) every 12 months
CESI: 3.0 CEUs (30 hours) every 24 months

Proof of appropriate number of CEUs completed must accompany your IKECA Certification Renewal.  Payment of the renewal fee alone is not sufficient to renew your certification.

Ways to Earn CEUS:

Online and In-Person Educational Courses
Online Courses: View all recommended online sources of CEUs Varies
Additional industry-related courses, webinars or first-aid training may qualify – check with IKECA Headquarters Varies
General and business management courses by accredited universities or other approved providers
Note: Only 25% of CEUs per renewal cycle may come from college courses
0.1 CEU/HR
Industry Conference Participation
Attendance at the IKECA Annual Meeting or Fall Technical Seminar
Note: Attendance is tracked – CEUs will be awarded based on registration payment and confirmed attendance records
Up to 2.0 CEUs
Attendance at an industry-related conference, meeting or seminar
Acceptable organizations include: NADCA, ASHRAE, NAFA, NFPA, NAFED, RFMA, NASFM, FFMIA. For all others, please contact IKECA to confirm eligibility.
Up to 1.0 CEUs
Thought Leadership
Presenting at the IKECA Annual Meeting or Fall Technical Seminar OR other industry-related organization events 0.5 CEUs
Submission of a technical article for the IKECA Journal 0.3 CEUs
Develop online assessment/educational content with affiliate industry organizations 0.5 CEUs
Technical Code Committee Work

(Sitting as an active member of NFPA, ASHRAE, IKECA Technical Standards Development Committee qualify)

1.0 CEU/Day
Representing IKECA at an exhibitor booth at an approved industry conference

(MUST be coordinated and arranged by IKECA Staff)

1.0 CEU/Day
Active Participation in an IKECA Committee 0.1 CEU/Meeting
Presenting to local AHJs within your jurisdiction
(Must submit official documentation signed by an AHJ on their letterhead indicating date, location and time of presentation)
0.5 CEUs
Attendance at in-house training seminar, or one at another facility – Must be taught by third-party instructor or individual certified to train the subject matter (Qualifying topics include but are not limited to: ladder safety, PPE, fall protection, hood/system service, near miss reporting, defensive driving, etc.) 0.1 CEU/HR


Internal Training for CEUs

Training conducted within your company for employees may be eligible for CEUs. Please refer to the information below to determine if your company’s training would qualify:

What qualifies?
Completion of training offered through an employer in-house or at another facility qualifies for CEUs if both of the following requirements are satisfied:

  • Training is conducted with a third-party instructor or an instructor certified to train the subject matter
  • The subject matter of the training is relevant to the kitchen exhaust cleaning industry (qualifying topics include, but are not limited to: ladder safety, PPE, fall protection, hood/system service, near miss reporting, defensive driving, etc.)

Before pursuing an in-house course or internal training for CEU, contact IKECA to ensure the course qualifies. Email your request to

How many CEUs can be earned through internal training?
Internal training follows the same International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) standard as all IKECA CEUs, which currently accepts 60 minutes of education content as 1/10 of a CEU (10 hours = 1 CEU).  This means 0.1 CEUs are earned for every hour of qualifying training completed.

How are CEUs completed through internal training submitted?
Upon course completion, the instructor must provide each participant with the following documentation which would be submitted to IKECA when applying for certification renewal to document the earned CEUs: 

  • A certificate or proof of completion for the individual who completed training detailing the individual earning CEUs, date of training, subject matter, length of training, and instructor’s signature
  • The instructor should also submit documentation providing proof they are certified to instruct on the subject trained if the instructor is employed at the same company

When are CEUs submitted to IKECA Headquarters?
Certified individuals will submit their CEUs when completing the required online renewal application