Continuing Education Hours

Adult education practitioners are required to have six renewal credits for recertification. Renewal credits may be earned through a college or university course where semester hours are awarded, or through contact hours for participating in professional development activities. Six renewal credits is the equivalent of 90 contact hours or nine Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Adult education programs, alliances and/or associations may award contact hours for in-house or regional professional development as long as all of the following guidelines are met.

Qualifying Events

  • Any training that pertains to teaching or working with adult education learners.
  • Adult education courses themselves do not qualify for renewal credits. (An adult education course at a college or university would be eligible for credits.)


  • A certificate must be issued that includes the participant’s name; participant’s social security number; name of the activity; number of clock hours not counting registration, breaks or meals; date of the activity; and signature of the authorizing agent (can be the director). The certificate must be printed in its original version on program or association letterhead that includes a phone number. 
  • The certificate may not include options to be checked-off.
  • A certificate may not be sent electronically to the participant(s).
  • It is fine to leave the social security number blank at the time of issue as long as the participant writes it in him/herself prior to submitting documentation for re-certification.
  • The original certificate of professional development clock hours needs to be submitted to the certification office, not a copy.
  • Once a certificate is issued to a participant, there is no permanent record of that documentation, so it is imperative that the individual retain all certificates in a safe place for re-certification.


  • A certificate must have the authorizing agent or organizing agent’s printed name, title and signature.
  • A certificate may additionally have the presenter’s signature, but it is not mandatory.
  • An electronic signature is not valid on a certificate.
  • An original signature is preferred by the certification office, but a stamp is acceptable. The stamp should be in a color other than black.
  • The name of the participant and the name of the authorizing/organizing agent cannot be the same. 
    • If the director is the authorizing agent and a participant or presenter, and there is only one signature on the certificate, the superintendent’s signature will be required for the director’s certificate. The director will sign all the other certificates.
    • If the director is the authorizing agent and a participant, and there are two signatures on the certificate, it is permissible for the director to sign as the authorizing agent as long as the presenter also signs the director’s certificate.
    • If an assistant director, coordinator or counselor is signing as the organizing agent and also a participant or presenter, then the director may sign his/her certificate.

Questions about certification should be directed to the Maine DOE Certification Office.