Certification FAQs

Excellence Awards FAQ

This page is designed to answer frequently asked questions regarding SWANA’s certification process. If you don’t find the answer you are seeking on this page, please submit your question to certification@swana.org.

If you are unable to obtain your 30 CEUs within the three year validity period of your certification, you must submit the Request for an Extension Application. Extensions are granted on a case by case basis and will not exceed a maximum of six (6) months.

The current fee for taking a certification exam is US $250.00 for SWANA members and US $400.00 for non-members.

A SWANA CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit. To become recertified you need to receive 30 SWANA CEUs within the three year validity period of your certification. CEUs can be earned by attending training courses, events, conferences, etc. All SWANA CEU hours must be pre-approved by the SWANA Certification Staff prior to the event. More CEU information.

Hours are determined by the Certification Staff—usually on an hour for hour basis if the materials relate directly to a specific discipline. Individuals seeking to receive credit for non-SWANA courses must submit an agenda prior to the event and the Certification Staff will provide the individual with a CEU form. Send the agenda/program with detailed descriptions and timelines of the sessions of the event to certification@swana.org.

Didn’t see your question on this list? Contact the SWANA Certification Department at 240-494-2239 or via email for additional questions about SWANA Certification.

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