To avoid the last-minute scramble to meet continuing education requirements, plan ahead!

There is still time to meet this year’s continuing education obligations. If you’ve already done so, congratulations! The sooner you start looking for lessons today, the less time you’ll have to scramble at the last minute. To avoid unnecessary stress, don’t wait until the last minute to complete your needed CE.

Completing obligatory training on time is critical if you work in a profession that needs continuing education credits for licensure. In order to meet your continuing education requirements on time, you may be forced to enrol in expensive classes on topics that you have no interest in learning about. This is counterproductive to the goal of continued education and wastes your time.

How to Avoid CE’s Last-Minute Stress

If you want to avoid having to reapply for your professional licence due to a lack of continuing education credits, prepare a plan for fitting in the training you need throughout the year.

Every two years, Alabama nurses must complete 24 hours of continuing education. Nurses in Alabama should plan to take 12 hours of continuing education each year. If you are required to take three hours of continuing education credits per quarter, it’s a good idea to do so based on work schedules and class availability.
If you can find three hours of acceptable continuing education training in three months rather than 24 hours in the last month or two before your licence renewal application is due, you will have a much simpler time.

The ebb and flow of your job schedule plays a role in determining the optimal time to plan your continuing education sessions. Since most nurses’ schedules are fairly consistent throughout the year, it makes sense that they would space out their classes on a quarterly basis.

In the summer and fall, accountants can better focus on their continuing education obligations because of the tax season’s craziness in the winter and spring.

Because HVAC contractors are busiest in the hottest and coldest months of the year, it makes sense for them to plan their Continuing Education (CE) sessions for those times of year when their workloads are less intense.

No matter what field you work in or how many CEUs you need to complete to keep your licence current, you should never wait until the last minute to enrol in classes. Your renewal process will be lot less stressful if you can spread out your CE obligations over the course of the year, or arrange to take classes when your workload is at its lowest.