What is the difference between a CEU, a PDH, and a Contact Hour?

In this video we explain the different between a Continuing Education Unit, a Professional Development Hour, and a Contact Hour.



One question we are frequently asked at American Water College what is the difference between a professional development hour, a contact hour and a continuing education unit. Well, truth be told, they’re all just different ways of saying the same the same thing.

They all measure the amount of time it takes to complete a training course.

Professional Development Hour (PDHs) and a Contact Hour are both measured hour for hour. If it takes an hour to complete the training, you get one hour training credit.

But here’s where it gets tricky. When you throw CEUs into the mix. One CEU is equal to ten hours of training. What this means is if you have a course that is .1 CEUs, it is equal to one training hour, one contact hour, or one professional development hour. Or, if you have a course that is three point six CEUs, that is equal to thirty six hours of training.

In the water industry, different certifying authority to call continuing education credits different things, Professional Development Hours, Contact Hours or Continuing Education Units. But what they’re really looking for is a certain number of hours that you need to renew your license. Knowing that one CEU is equal to ten training hours will help you ensure that you have been right amount of hours of training when it comes time to renew your license.

As an IACET Authorized Provider, American Water College is able to Issue IACET CEUs When a training provider issues you IACET CEUs, you know that the training has met a standard, beyond just being a certain length of time.

For more information about our IACET accreditation, please check out the links in the description of this video.


Visit our website at http://americanwatercollege.org
Read about our IACET accreditation: http://blog.americanwatercollege.org/2012/10/iacet/
Visit the IACET website: http://iacet.org/about/iacet-council-on-standards-development