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Continuing Education Unit (CEU)

Frequently Asked Questions

What are CEU's?

The continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized unit of measure for non-credit continuing education programs. It is used to document learning that differs from the traditional academic learning experience and has become vital as a means of determining the value of a learning experience in continuing education and training.

How are CEU's calculated?

As a general rule, one CEU is defined as ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience. Fractions of units can also be awarded (5 hours = 0.5 units). The Division, after consulting with the State Committee of Vendors Chairman, may elect to award CEUs for participation in certain events that fall short of the required number of instructional hours.

How do programs qualify for CEU's

For a specific program or course to be eligible for approval of CEUs, the program: 

  • Must be planned to fulfill a specific educational need.
  • Must have a clear purpose and objective
  • Must have qualified instructional personnel directly involved in conducting the educational activity.

What are the guidelines and procedures for obtaining CEU qualification?

  • All programs receiving CEUs must be educational and held in an organized, structured setting.
  • Course approval must be granted by the Bureau of Business Enterprise in advance. 
  • The number of CEUs awarded is determined by the actual instructional time with verified attendance of the BBE vendor.  Registration periods, breaks, and lunches are excluded in determination of time credit. 

What types of programs are eligible for consideration toward CEU credit?

  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Short courses
  • Paraprofessional training programs
  • Certificate programs

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired Application Process

Hadley has agreed that BBE managers in Florida are not required to provide verification that they are legally blind. As of January 1, 2012, Hadley has been provided a list of all active, licensed BBE vendors.

First time registrants will need to complete an enrollment application. Applications can be completed online at http:///www.hadley.edu. If you would prefer to receive a hard copy of the application in Braille or print format, you should contact Student Services at (800) 526-9909 or via email at student_services@hadley.edu.

The application will ask for information about your eye condition, but an eye report is not required if you are identified on the vendor list provided to them. For identification purposes, when completing the application form, please note "2019 FL Randolph Sheppard" in the Referral Details section of the application where it asks how you heard about Hadley.

Vendors who have taken Hadley courses in the past, within a five year time period, are not required to submit a new application. You should contact Student Services via email or telephone to request enrollment. However, Hadley asks that you identify yourselves as a Florida Randolph Sheppard Program student.

There may be times when the process runs into a glitch since Florida is the only state with this provision. If this occurs, please emphasize to the Hadley representative that you are a licensed Florida Randolph Sheppard manager or vendor.

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired Approved Courses for CEUs

Business/Entrepreneurship Modules:

  • Market Research  FCE-110  1.0 CEU
  • The Marketing Plan  FCE-120  1.0 CEU
  • The Financial Plan  FCE-130  2 CEUs
  • The Business Plan FCE-140  1.0 CEU
  • Accounting for Small Business  FCE-190  0.5 CEU

Technology Courses:

  • Using Excel BBS-111   2 CEUs

Randolph-Sheppard Training

The National Research & Training Center on Blindness & Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University is offering modules covering important aspects of the Randolph-Sheppard program.  Below is a list of pre-approved NRTC courses eligible for CEU credit through BBE.  You can access these courses at https://nrtc.catalog.instructure.com/courses/randolph-sheppard.

After completing each module, there is a quiz that will test the student’s mastery of the subject. The student must pass the quiz with a score of 80% in order to generate and print a certificate verifying successful completion of the module. Students are allowed to retake the quiz until that score is reached. There is no fee associated with taking and completing individual modules. For more information on this curriculum, contact the NRTC at nrtc@colled.msstate.edu or 662-325-2001.

NRTC Approved Courses for CEUs

  • Basic Business Principles and the Randolph-Sheppard Enterprise  0.5 CEU
  • Active Participation – What It Is and What It Isn’t  0.5 CEU
  • Healthier Food Options  0.5 CEU
  • Marketing and Customer Service  0.5 CEU
  • Marketing the Randolph-Sheppard Program to Outside Parties  0.5 CEU
  • Partnering with the Private Sector: Expanding Opportunities for Blind Entrepreneurs  0.5 CEU
  • Assistive Technology and Its Potential for Blind Entrepreneurs  0.5 CEU
  • Social Security Disability and the Randolph-Sheppard Entrepreneur  0.5 CEU
  • Micro Markets  0.5 CEU
  • Funding the State  0.5 CEU

Florida Bureau of Business Enterprise

Providing Tools and Support for Legally Blind Vendors in the Food Service Industry

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