Continuing Education FAQ

Have a question about Continuing Education requirements? You’re not alone. Find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below.

Q: What is the Continuing Education (CE) Program and what happened to the IRC?

A: In the 2017-18 season, AIARE moved to an annual (once a season: Oct 1- Sept 30) Instructor refresher requirement. In the 2018-19 season this became AIARE Instructor Continuing Education (CE). Beginning with the 2018-2019 season, Instructors must meet this annual requirement with course offered by AIARE at least every other year. For non-AIARE CE years, Instructors can choose from a growing list of professional development opportunities.


Q: What are the approved non-AIARE CE courses?

A: Find a current list of courses here. You can use a non-AIARE course to meet your annual CE requirement every other year. 

Non-AIARE courses that can count as AIARE CE are reviewed on a regular basis. If you have a course you would like us to consider, please send a course description or syllabus to General guidelines for acceptable courses are those that are open to any AIARE Instructor to enroll (ie not in-house employee training) and equivalent to at least 8 hours of instructional time (classroom, online, or self-study).

Q: Can I count courses I have taken previously towards the CE requirement?

A: The spirit of the Continuing Education program is to promote regular professional development and currency with curriculum. Courses count towards meeting the yearly requirement for the year that they are taken. In other words, taking three courses in one year does not exempt Instructors from the yearly requirement for two more years.


Q: I have all the certifications listed for non-AIARE courses, and I don’t see any course offerings that enhance areas I would like to focus on.

A: Tell us what you want to focus on! The intent of the Continuing Education program is to continue to add to and diversify our course offerings in order to provide educational value to our diverse Instructor pool. This program makes it easier to bring in outside experts from different fields to offer rich professional development to both new and highly experienced instructors alike. Please let us know what you would like to see in the Continuing Education lineup by emailing


Q: Does the PRO1, PRO2, Bridge Exam, or CLT course I plan to take this season fulfill the CE requirement?

A: Yes! They all fulfill the AIARE field course requirement. If you take one of these courses you do not need to take any additional CE courses that year.


Q: What happens if I miss a season?

A: If you have become inactive, please contact us at to review your situation and devise a plan to become an active Instructor again.


Q: How do I submit a record of my non-AIARE CE course?

A: You can add your proof of non-AIARE CE attendance to your profile by:

  1. Logging into your profile at
  2. Select “Add a Non-AIARE CE Course”
  3. From there you can hit {command – f} on a Mac or {control – f} on a PC and search for the CE you attended by typing in appropriate search terms
  4. Select the “Add CE” link on the right of the course row
  5. Upload your proof of attendance and submit

 The best way to show proof of attendance is your receipt of payment for the course or event.


Q: Do I need to take my CE course before the season starts to be current for this season?

A: The way Continuing Education works, Instructors are considered active if they participate in a CE course the prior season. The CE you do in the current season allows you to be active in the following season. For example, if you take a CE course in 2018-19, you will be current for 2019-20 as long as you pay your dues by October 31st.