Continued Education Credits

The system of requiring Continued Education Credits (CEC’s) is designed to ensure ongoing education and professional development of the IPM Certified Turf Practitioner.

Continued Education Credits are awarded when an IPM Certified Turf Practitioner attends lectures, training sessions, seminars, or demonstrations that focus on IPM or plant health care related principals.   The Standards Committee decides which sessions qualify for CEC’s.   CEC’s will not be awarded for sessions related to operation of the business, human relations, or financial issues.

An official registration form that designates the number of CEC’s to be awarded will be issued for sessions that qualify.   General rule is that a 45 minute session equates to one (1) CEC.  The session presenter is responsible for having the attendees complete the registration form and forwarding the completed form to Plant Health Atlantic.

The cut off date for obtaining the mandatory 8 CEC’s is March 31.   Example: A Turf Practitioner certified prior to January 1, 2013, has until March 31, 2015 to get their 8 CEC’s.

To retain certification a Practitioner must annually obtain 8 CEC’s before March 31 of the following year or pay a re-registration fee ($200) and pass the IPM Certification examination.    CEC’s received in excess of the required 8 annually (to a maximum of 4) will be carried forward to the next year. 

List of Upcoming Events that Qualify for Continued Education Credit (CEC’s)

Event, symposium, conference, etc. that qualify for Continued Education Credits for Certified IPM Turf Practitioners with Plant Health Atlantic will be posted at this location.   Click to download latest list

February 28, 2020 updated list (.pdf file)

 Frequently Asked Questions

What if I want to know how many CEC’s I have accumulated to date?

Contact the PHA Administrator at for inquiries as to the number of CEC’s accumulated. A portion of the certification registration fee is allocated to maintaining these records.

What if I hear about or attend a session that is not on the list and might qualify for CEC’s?

Submit details of the session (web page, contact person, list of speakers, etc.) and proof of attendance to the PHA Administrator at  All inquiries will be reviewed by the Standards Committee for qualification for CEC’s.    CEC’s will automatically be awarded for any session that qualifies.