Denver — The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded accreditation status to the International Erosion Control Association. IACET Authorized Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The accreditation period extends for five years, and includes all programs offered or created during that time.

“IECA is proud of our education programs which train over 2,500 erosion and sediment control professionals each year in solving a broad range of problems caused by soil erosion and its by-product — sediment. This elevates IECA education to cutting edge,” said Jimmy Eanes, IECA’s Education Director. “Our partnership with IACET is a demonstration of our commitment to lifelong learning and high standards for all of our programs, and we are very pleased to join such a prestigious organization as well as an elite group of organizations that offer excellent continuing education and training programs.”

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with IECA as an Authorized Provider,” said Sandra L. Williams, Ph.D., president of IACET and assistant professor and consultant at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. “IECA joins nearly 500 organizations around the globe that have had their programs vetted by third-party experts in continuing education to ensure the highest possible standards are met.”

The IECA education staff has already set a timeline in place for meeting standard requirements. IECA will assign IACET-approved CEU credit to its full-day courses for Environmental Connection 2016. After that, at Environmental Connection 2017 in Atlanta, IECA will apply the standard to full- and half-day courses. The goal is to eventually have all IECA education, including online training, vetted through the process and eligible for CEU credit.

IECA has pledged its continued compliance with the standard and is now authorized to use the IACET name and Authorized Provider logo on promotional course material. In addition, IECA is now linked to the IACET website and is recognized as offering the highest quality continuing education and training programs.