The Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction requires that all accredited reconstructionists accrue eighty (80) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) within a five-year period after passing the examination in order to be eligible for renewal of their accreditation. This requirement continues for each successive renewal period. CEU credit is not granted for courses or programs completed prior to the individual attaining accreditation.
Individuals may obtain CEUs by attending training events that are ACTAR CEU eligible. ACTAR CEU eligible events are those that have been submitted to ACTAR on a Group CEU Application by the sponsoring organization. Generally, all that is needed when attending these events is for the accredited reconstructionist to record their name and registration number on the signup sheet available at the event. There are exceptions to this, so it is always best to check with the sponsor of the event for guidance.
Generally, one CEU is awarded for each complete hour devoted to a training or lecture topic. The sponsoring or presenting organization for the course or program shall submit a detailed schedule specifically denoting the topics and hours spent in class or lecture for each topic. A general Course outline that does not show an hourly breakdown will not be accepted.
It is the responsibility of the organizer or presenter of the training course, seminar or program to submit a Group CEU Application, submit all applicable fees and forward a list of those in attendance who seek CEU credit at the completion of the training event.
Organizers are encouraged to submit a Group CEU Application for approval prior to presenting the course or program. This allows organizers to include the number of CEUs the course is eligible for in their marketing materials. It also speeds the process of crediting the CEUs to the individual participants who attend the event. The Group CEU Application fee is $50.00. An additional fee of $5.00 for each participant who successfully completes the course or program and seeks award of CEUs is required. The $5.00 per participant fee is waived for programs which are sponsored or presented by one of the twenty-four ACTAR Participating Organizations.
Educational institutions or other organizations that present recurring courses may obtain continuous CEU approval. The presenter need only submit a Group CEU Application, course curriculum and schedule once and request continuing approval. CEU eligibility will be determined for that course and will remain in effect until such time as there is a change in the curriculum. Each time an event is presented institutions or organizations who obtain continuous CEU approval are required to submit a $50.00 course fee plus $5.00 per participant seeking CEU credit. If no participants seek CEU credit, no fees are due.
Individual CEU Applications
Other training events that have relevance to motor vehicle collision reconstruction that were not submitted to ACTAR by the sponsor, may be submitted by the individual accredited accident reconstructionist after completing the event by submitting an Individual CEU Application, detailed schedule specifically denoting the topics and hours spent in class or lecture for each topic and their certificate of completion. A general Course outline that does not show an hourly breakdown will not be accepted. If field-relatedness is not self evident, an explanation, course curriculum or detailed outline should be included as well. After eligibility is determined, CEUs will be awarded upon payment of a fee of $5.00 per CEU. Individual applications submitted for group approved courses will be denied.
Traditional Education and Field Related Training
Accredited individuals may be awarded CEUs for successful completion of traditional college courses, accident investigation courses, seminars, or related subject matter that were presented without ACTAR pre-approval.
Traditional education, college courses, etc., which include accident reconstruction or field-related topics, can be qualified for CEUs. Related courses will be evaluated by the ACTAR CEU Committee on a case by case basis for CEU eligibility. Acquiring CEUs outside of pre-approved methods requires that the requestor submit an Individual CEU Application, detailed schedule and a course curriculum or detailed outline as well as a final grade for the course (transcript). If field-relatedness is not self evident, an explanation should be included as well. College courses must be identified as either a quarter or semester class. After eligibility is determined, CEUs will be awarded upon payment of a fee of $5.00 per CEU.
CEUs by Teaching
Individuals teaching accident investigation or reconstruction related courses may accrue up to 25% of the required 80 CEUs (20 CEUs per 5-year period) for this activity. CEUs for instructing are awarded at the rate of 1 CEU per instructional hour. Teaching a 20-hour course can provide the instructor with a total of 20 CEUs. Individuals seeking CEU credit for instructing courses must submit an Individual CEU Application, a detailed course curriculum or outline and an hourly course schedule. A copy of an assignment letter, contractual agreement or other proof the presentation was made should also be included. After eligibility is determined, CEUs will be awarded upon payment of a fee of $5.00 per CEU.
CEUs Through Publication
Research or technical papers applicable to accident investigation or reconstruction prepared by the accredited individual may be eligible for CEUs. This provides the opportunity for the accredited reconstructionist to provide test data or other analysis to the field as well as being 'published' in the field. Some limiting conditions are: Maximum 20 CEUs awarded by this method per five-year accreditation period.
Papers are required to be submitted a minimum of 120 days before the applicant's scheduled renewal date. A complete copy of the paper or article must be submitted with the Individual CEU Application for review by the CEU Committee.
If no third party copyright prohibits it, the author agrees to allow ACTAR rights to publish and/or distribute the paper.
How Many CEUs Do I Have?
CEU credit is typically recorded to an individual's account as soon as the ACTAR Administrator receives notification from the sponsoring or presenting organization that the individual successfully completed a CEU eligible course.
In the past, most delays dealing with the award of CEUs have been associated with the submitting organization or entity's delay in reporting the event to ACTAR. It is very important that organizers or presenters of programs or courses seeking CEU credit submit the required applications, fees and rosters in a timely manner.
If you would like to check the balance of your CEU account, log in and use the CEU query feature.
Confused? Have questions?
If you have questions or need additional information regarding the CEU process, call the ACTAR office (800) 809-3818 or use the Contact Page to send a message to the ACTAR Administrator.