CFP Continuing Education
In order for a Certified Family Partner to maintain their certification, 20 continuing education units (CEUs) are required for each 24-month (two year) recertification period. CEUs are obtained through attendance at Via Hope endorsement trainings (many, not just the ones specifically for CFPs), monthly best practices calls, relevant conferences, other classroom style trainings, or online courses/webinars. CEU credit is generally only accepted for topics covered in the Basic Certification Training or from the CFP core competencies. Click HERE for a current list of preapproved courses.
The endorsement trainings offered by Via Hope provide approved CEU credits. If CEU requirements are not met within the two-year recertification period, the CFP’s certification is suspended until they have completed the required CEU hours.
CEUs do not have to be obtained formally. Some professions require a fee for CEUs; CFPs are not required to pay Via Hope a fee for CEUs although they may be required to pay for some of the education (such as conference registration). Verification of the hours through a completion certificate documenting the number of training hours, a conference agenda booklet with listings of the workshops you attended, or if neither of those is available, a brief summary of what you learned by attending or participating in a webinar will be accepted. CEUs are one per hour of instruction. For example, if you take a 90 minute webinar, you get 1.5 CEUs. If you take a four hour class that doesn’t provide CEUs, you document the class and claim 4 CEU credits for it.
A CFP who is interested in participating in a class, online training, or conference outside of the preapproved list and wants to ensure they will receive CEU credit, must submit a Request for Training Approval for CEUs available on the Request for Training Approval for C.E.U.s page. It only takes a minute to fill out! Help other CFPs by filling it out and getting your course added to the preapproved list!
Via Hope prefers that this form be submitted 30 days before the training. Via Hope will accept the form after the training but there is no guarantee that the CEU credit will be granted. Note: Via Hope periodically updates the following list of preapproved courses, based on this preapproval form so that once a course has been submitted by a CFP, other CFPs do not have to submit the form.
Courses that are preapproved by Via Hope are listed HERE. Courses that are preapproved by Via Hope represent only a TINY fraction of courses that are approvable. The courses on the preapproved list are simply those that have been submitted by CFPs already!!!
Preapproved courses are listed in the following order:
- Via Hope trainings and monthly calls such as Community Connections
- Classes led by other organizations
- Webinars (courses you take by watching them on your computer or tablet)
- Classes given at your agency that apply to your competencies (see table in your training manual right after the Code of Conduct)