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Standards Help to Ensure Quality Continuing Education Programs

New York, Jul 29, 2008

Continuing education programs are growing in popularity as employees in a variety of industries work to keep up with new technologies and business strategies. According to a report released last week by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 27% of the American workforce participated in a work-related continuing education course during 2004-05.

With a growing number of education and training providers in the marketplace, demonstrable markers of quality are more important than ever for consumers and companies looking to make the best educational investment.

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) – a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – has developed ANSI/IACET Standards that measure all aspects of an educational provider's program development.

ANSI/IACET 1-2007, ANSI/IACET Standards for Continuing Education and Training provides a framework for continuing education programs, including:

  • the establishment of an appropriate responsibility and control system;

  • the adoption of an analytic approach to establishing learning needs;

  • a plan to establish and execute a quality learning event;

  • the establishment of appropriate assessment criteria; and

  • the need to monitor and improve the learning process to achieve desired learning outcomes.

A diverse array of organizations rely upon ANSI/IACET 1-2007 to ensure the quality of their educational programs, including professional associations, colleges and corporate universities, and government agencies. Several members of the ANSI Federation offer training programs for the standardization community that are based on the guidelines outlined in the ANSI/IACET Standards:

For more information on the ANSI/IACET Standards for Continuing Education and Training, visit

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