By Heather Finch, CF APMP
I am currently studying for the Foundation Level Certification exam. Do Continued Education Units (CEUs) earned before certification count towards the requirement? For example, I recently attended an APMP webinar, and the credit doesn’t appear in my CEU Journal. Should I enter this manually?
Congratulations on taking this step to show dedication to your career and your craft! Achieving and maintaining APMP certification is a great way to learn best practices, improve your capabilities, and join an ever-growing group of proposal professionals that are committed to their profession.
Since certification is managed by APMP Internationa., to get to the bottom of your questions, I reached out to the helpful staff members there. While activities that occurred before obtaining certification do not count towards the CEU requirement, there are many ways that you can earn CEUs, including attending webinars, self-study, attending training or conferences, or getting involved by serving on the board. You can find a list of approved activities and the corresponding CEUs you would earn on the APMP International site here.
Any activities hosted by APMP International will automatically be recorded in your CEU Journal, but it might take some time for them to appear. Therefore, you might want to keep track on your own log just in case there is a glitch. If you participate in one of our most excellent opportunities through GMC (or any other chapter), you will have to enter those CEUs manually. Instructions on how to do that can be found on the APMP International site here.
Again, many congratulations to you for expanding your proposal horizons through certification! What a great way to end the year and grow your career.
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Heather first encountered the acronym “RFP” when seeking ways to diversify funding sources for a human services company in 2012 and hasn’t looked back since. Since then, she’s moved on to lead proposal teams in both the commercial and government sectors, refining processes and developing efficiencies along the way.