Types of CE for Health Professionals

Due to the large volume of requests and limited resources, we cannot accept any standard or Fast Track CE requests for educational activities before January 1, 2020.

CDC is accredited by seven organizations to provide CE for U.S. health professionals and the global public health community. Access to credits, continuing education units (CEUs), and contact hours for all educational activities is provided at no cost.

CDC is accredited to award CE to:


CDC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for physicians.

All Health Professionals

Authorized IACET Provider

CDC is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®)

CDC is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)

CDC is an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.


CDC is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

Registered nurses should request continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours. Most U.S. State Boards of Nursing accept ANCC contact hours. California and Iowa Licensed Registered nurses have special considerations.

California and Iowa Licensed Registered Nurses (RNs)

Registered nurses in California and Iowa can receive continuing education contact hours.

  • California: The California Board of Nursing will accept CDC’s ANCC contact hours for self-study courses. However, it will not accept ANCC contact hours for courses offered within the state of California. When applying for re-licensure using ANCC contact hours, write in “ANCC self-study.” You do not need a provider number.
  • Iowa: Courses that are presented through live distance-learning technologies, such as teleconferences or satellite programs, must be covered by an approved Iowa provider if they are attended at a site within Iowa (no exceptions). Online self-study courses are acceptable if they are covered by an approved Iowa provider; granted special approval; approved by the ANA (or ANCC), the NLN, the NFLPN, or NAPNES; or approved by a board of nursing in another mandatory continuing education state. Reference: IAC 655, Chapter 5 – 5.2(2) f (i).


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CDC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education (CPE).


CDC is accredited by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, Registry of Approved Continuing Education to provide AAVSB/RACE contact hours.

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CDC’s accredited educational activities are available for free in CDC’s Training and Continuing Education Online (TCEO) system. Use TCEO to search for CE opportunities, complete course evaluations and posttests, obtain your CE certificates, and manage your CDC CE transcript.