Frequently Asked Questions

What is Continuing Education at Academic Planning & Accountability at FIU?
Continuing Education (CE) – Academic Planning & Accountability (APA) at Florida International University offers a distinctive array of post-secondary programs and resources whether these are noncredit or for credit, for personal enrichment or work related training, CE will help you expand your education and build upon your skills in numerous fields.

What is Noncredit Continuing Education?
Per Florida Board of Governors (BOG) Regulation 8.002 , Continuing Education is defined as an Auxiliary Enterprise of the university providing non-state fundable, self-supporting college credit courses or programs, non-credit professional development courses or programs designed to upgrade existing technical or professional skills, and courses that are provided primarily for personal enrichment or as a public service to the community. Continuing Education allows prospective students who wish to pursue their higher education beyond the attainment of traditional degrees the option to pursue alternative curricula or alternative credentials, which may be offered via alternative delivery models.

What are some of the benefits of Noncredit Continuing Education?
Industries are constantly changing. Continuing education assists workers to stay current with the latest developments, skills, and new technologies required for their fields. Certain professions also require continuing education in order to comply with laws, remain licensed or certified, or maintain membership in an association or licensing body. Continuing education is a way for professionals to keep abreast of their fields so they do not lag behind. Continuing education also broadens your opportunities and helps you build professional skills. In a knowledge-based society, continuing education is key to career success and competitiveness.

Will I earn college credit toward a degree if I enroll in a Noncredit Continuing Education program?
No, you will not earn college credit towards any degree at FIU. Noncredit Continuing Education programs can be a stepping-stone for you to decide whether you want to pursue an academic career in the given subject later on.

What is the difference between a Certificate of Participation and a Certification?
A Certificate of Participation is a certificate given for participating in a Noncredit Continuing education program. A professional certification implies passing an exam that is accredited by an organization/association that monitors the standards for that particular industry, for example, PHR, CPA, PMP, etc. FIU is not accredited or authorized to offer these exams.

What is a CEU?
CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit. Per IACET, the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, a CEU is a measurement of non-credit continuing education training. One CEU equals ten (10) contact hours of training “delivered under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction.” FIU can provide CEUs for many of their noncredit programs. For more information on how to request CEUs, please contact continue@fiu.edu .

Are there any Noncredit Continuing Education programs online?
Yes, FIU offers a wide range of Noncredit Continuing Education programs online. For more information, click here: http://cpe.fiu.edu/ . Please refer to their application process as well as policies and procedures as they differ from ours.

Are there any Credit Continuing Education programs?
Yes, FIU offers a wide range of Credit Continuing Education programs. For more information, please click here: https://continue.fiu.edu/for-credit/ . Please refer to their application process as well as policies and procedures as they differ from ours.

How do I enroll in a Noncredit Continuing Education program?
If you are interested in a particular program, visit the program’s page and:
1. Click on the tab that says “Register Now”,
2. Proceed to tab that says “Add to Cart”
3. Click on top of page “View Cart”
4. Click on tab “Proceed to Checkout”
5. Fill out all the required information marked with a Red Asterisk *
6. You are not required to create an account in order to register for our noncredit CE programs

Is Financial Aid or payment plans available for Noncredit Continuing Education programs? Noncredit Continuing Education programs are not eligible for financial aid or payment plans.

Who can enroll in Continuing Education programs?
You have to be is 18 years or older to enroll in a Noncredit Continuing Education program. Some programs may require a certain level of education prior to enrolling or prior training, but not always. It is important that you read the program descriptions to learn about any prerequisites, when applicable.

For more information on Continuing Education-Academic Planning & Accountability programs, please email us at continue@fiu.edu or call us at 305/348-2800.