Continuing education, also known as professional studies or continuing studies, allows you to keep learning after you have completed your degree and have started your career. As new technology, thoughts, methods, and other changes occur in industry and the world, continuing education programs help you keep up with them and understand how best to apply them in your career. Continuing education is a requirement in many professions, because of fast-paced changes in their industries and because of the high risks involved in not keeping up with these changes. Even if your profession does not require continuing education courses, it is highly recommend that you make them part of your ongoing career development plan as they can make a difference in how successful you are in your current job and your ability to advance your career. Continuing education is also an important investment for businesses to make, as these programs can help you gain and maintain a competitive edge and ensure that you are always providing the best services and products to your customers.

At UAB, continuing education programs are developed by UAB faculty, as well as experts within certain industries. Available programs include those that can be used to gain continuing education credits, as well as more general programs that are used for skills building. UAB also offers certificate programs that are required in certain professions. Continuing education at UAB is growing and new programs are constantly being developed to fit the current needs of professionals in business, education, construction, medical, and other fields. Currently, these programs are offered as online/self-paced, online/instructor-led, blended (online and face-to-face components), face-to-face training, workshops, and conferences.

Main Types of Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Unit (CEU) or Continuing Education Credit (CEC) are used primarily in licensed professions. These include engineers, architects, electricians, teachers, school administrators, financial, mental health professionals, social workers, and nurses, among others. Each CEU represents 10 hours of participation in an accredited continuing education program.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) is required for physicians, physician assistants, and others in the medical field. CME requirements vary by state.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) is continuing education credits for attorneys. CLE requirements vary by state. You can find more information about CLE requirements by state on the American Bar Association website.
Professional Learning Units (PLU) are continuing education credits for individuals in education who hold administrative degrees. Other education professionals earn Continuing Education Units (CEU). PLU are often required by states. Learn more about Alabama's PLU requirements.