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Academic & Programmatic Standards

Authorized Training Provider (ATP)

Our Professional Education (Pro-Ed) is delivered according to the standards established by Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (www.ACCET.org), a national accrediting agency of the United States Department of Education (www.ED.gov). Many of our offerings provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to assist professionals in meeting the training requirements for the cannabis industry.

 Certification programs in cannabis are growing in number and becoming more relevant to what’s needed operating within the cannabis industry. Our accreditations signify that our learners who become certified have completed a prescribed course of study designed specifically to meet predefined cannabis industry requirements and that Green CulturED has met, and continues to meet, standards for quality improvement.

Continuing Education Units (CEU's)

Their Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit-hour policy is designed to balance the interests of learners, prospective learners, the general public, and the cannabis industry. Green CulturED intends to facilitate articulation and the transfer of credits between institutions of higher education.

This CEU credit-hour policy applies to all ACCET accredited institutions as well as those seeking accreditation. To facilitate the transfer of credits between institutions of higher education, institutions may define their programs in terms of credit hours and thereby adopt a common classification system that is understood and recognized by institutions of higher education. This facilitates the evaluation of courses by other educational institutions and therefore encourages articulation.

Self-paced offerings are where learners progress at their own pace, the Green CulturED establishes a standard number of “Contact Hours” based on the average number of hours required of several representative learners to complete. Whenever Green CulturED introduces a new self-paced offering, we select a representative sample of the intended learner audience – the larger the audience the better – to complete the offering.

The majority of our offerings are individually-paced “home study” programs with a post-quiz to verify competency and mark completion. Interaction with the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) is online, so to arrive at an average time for completion of the program, five (5) individuals are selected to complete a pilot program. Each participant in the pilot program represents the typical learner who will attend the learning event and every learner records the actual amount of time spent completing the program. Note the following illustration, for example:

Training Video

Watching and listening to training videos is timed on a 1:1 ratio. For example, sixty (60) minutes of watching and listening to the training video are equal to sixty (60) minutes of learner academic engagement.

eBook Resource

The average adult reading for learning is one- to two-hundred (100 - 200) words per minute for advanced, technical, non-fiction text. Green CulturED uses two hundred (200) Words-per-Minute (WPM) and fifty (50) minutes per one (1) hour.

Quiz Activity

The time for taking assessments is calculated by dividing the number of questions by a factor of 1.4 to calculate the total number of minutes. For example, the time for taking a twenty (20) question assessment is (20 questions / 1.4) or fourteen (14) minutes of training engagement.

Average = 12.2 Hours [Five (5) Learners / Sixty-One (61) Hours]

Average Self-Paced Calculations

When calculating the number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for an offering, the number of contact minutes must be totaled and divided by sixty (60) to arrive at the number of “Contact Hours”. One (1) equals ten (10) “Contact Hours” of learner interaction with the content of the learning activity, which includes classroom, self-paced instruction, pre/post assignments, and/or homework in support of a learning outcome. Total “Contact Hours” must then be divided by ten (10) to obtain the number of CEUs.

CEUs must be expressed in tenths of a CEU so that would make seventeen (17) “Contact Hours” equate to 1.7 CEUs and, as another example, a three (3) “Contact Hour” offering equates to 0.3 CEU. The decimal “.2″ is rounded off to twelve (12) hours and becomes the standard for our online offering therefore, 1.2 CEU is awarded to those who satisfactorily complete the course. Satisfactory completion might be based on the satisfactory completion of all assignments, including a 70% score on the post-quiz.

Reassessment should also take place in the event of a major change to course content, method of delivery, change in equipment/software, or demographic audience. The calculation of CEUs should be consistent and accurate at all times to ensure learners are receiving the appropriate number of CEUs. It is important that the person(s) responsible in Green CulturED for calculating CEUs for learning events monitors the learning events for any changes.

Studying and preparing for inspection processes according to Standards of Practice, including capturing and storing digital images with a camera or device, making observations, evaluating conditions, deducing, formulating opinions, communicating observations in written form, attaining competency in performing inspections, and using an inspection checklist or software and other inspection tools in producing a report.

CEU Recognized Activities

A “Contact Hour” is one (1) clock hour of interaction between a learner and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), or between a learner and materials, which have been prepared to cause learning. Contact implies a connection between a learner and a learning source. The following learning activities are examples of types of activities to include when calculating “Contact Hours” for CEUs:

Class Meeting

Classroom or meeting session time led by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and/or the primary instructor. Self-Paced Learning: Learner activities in which a learner is engaged in a planned program of learning whereby the learner’s progress is monitored and the learner receives feedback. Examples include independent study; computer-assisted instruction, interactive video, and planned projects. Assessment: Learner assessment and program evaluations.

Laboratory Assignments

Tend to be an integral part of a planned program and are generally more structured than field experiences. Since the conditions for learning are rather consistent and the amount of time for assignments fairly even for all learners, the sponsor may choose to count each hour of lab time as a "Contact Hour". If there is considerable variation in lab conditions and time required for the completion of assignments by different learners, the sponsor should consider establishing a standard number of "Contact Hours" based on the average time utilized by a number of learners.

Outside Assignments

Field trips, projects, and assignments, which are an integral part of a course or program, may count toward "Contact Hours"; however, a standard number of hours should be assigned using the averaging method discussed in the self-paced offerings above. If "Contact Hours" is assigned for the purpose of calculating CEU, the sponsor has the responsibility to validate the completion of the assignment by each learner.

Field Experiences

Provide learners opportunities to gain practical and realistic experiences, which cannot be acquired in a classroom setting. Such activities may or may not be highly structured, may vary in duration from one learner and location to another, and may not be readily calculated into "Contact Hours". Sponsors often view field experiences in terms of tasks to be accomplished rather than the amount of time involved. Because of the unstructured nature of many field experiences, sponsors may choose to use some form of checklist to record the accomplishment of certain specified tasks. If the sponsor desires to count the field experience hours, the sponsor should first determine whether the field experience meets the ANSI/IACET Standard. If so, a standard number of "Contact Hours" could be determined by calculating the average time spent by several learners in different field experiences as discussed in the above section on self-paced offerings.

Non-CEU Learning Activities

The following activities are not intended to receive the CEU. While these activities may be judged as worthwhile learning experiences, they should be measured and documented by some form of measurement other than the CEU:

Acceptance of IACET CEUs for college credit is at the discretion of the college or university. Association Membership and Leadership Activities: Holding membership or serving in some leadership capacity in an association or society does not qualify for the CEU.
Participation in committee meetings and activities does not qualify for the CEU. Entertainment and Recreation: CEUs may not be awarded for attendance at cultural performances, entertainment, or recreational activities unless they are an integral part of a planned course, which meets the ANSI/IACET Standard.
CEUs may not be awarded for independent writings such as articles, books, research reports, or presentations of papers outside a planned, directly supervised continuing education experience that fulfills the CEU criteria.
Programs delivered through the mass media (e.g., television, radio, newspaper) do not qualify for CEUs unless these presentations are an integral part of a planned course, which meets the ANSI/IACET Standard.
Meetings, conventions, and exhibitions, which attract large numbers of participants, involve different activities, and are conducted primarily for information sharing purposes generally, do not qualify for the CEU. Planned learning activities within such events, which meet the ANSI/IACET Standard are eligible for CEUs.
Travel or participation in a travel study program, does not qualify for CEUs unless the educational component of travel study program meets the ANSI/IACET Standard.
Individual, self-directed study or another form of independent learning experience not planned, directed, and supervised by a sponsor does not qualify for CEUs.

On-the-Job Training (OJT) and other work experiences do not qualify for CEUs unless the work experience is structured as part of a planned and supervised continuing education experience that meets the Standard. CEUs are not to be awarded for life or previous work experiences. Youth Programs: Programs are designed primarily for ages below adulthood.

Accreditation Applications Pending

IACET

By the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) to offer CEUs for our offerings that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes the quality of CEUs. The ANSI/IACET Standard is a universal model for learning process excellence since it defines a proven model for developing effective and valuable continuing education and training (CE/T) programs by measuring a CE/T provider's training program from procedure to process to result.

ANAB

The National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a nonprofit corporation. ANAB accredits training organizations that assure learning outcomes are met for cannabis training courses, evidenced by certificates. The program is based on ANSI/ASTM E2659-18, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs. The standard requires that your program meets predefined industry requirements for the content, follows predetermined processes, includes constant feedback for quality improvement, and much more. ANAB's accreditation process follows ISO/IEC 17011, the International Standard that defines quality third-party accreditation practices. ANAB does not provide the training and certificates to individuals but accredits the organizations shown below that provide cannabis certificates. Accreditation under this program is based on "Standard Practice for Certificate Programs (ASTM D8403)" within the Cannabis and Hemp Industries. Plus there are additional states' Responsible Vendor Training (RVT) requirements that require that cannabis certificate programs adhere to specific statewide RVT requirements. Our RVT program will be accredited as a part of their cannabis certificate program accreditation since states require that cannabis handlers have a certificate from an ANAB-accredited organization.

ANSI

The cannabis plant oil extraction process can create hazardous conditions due to the use of flammable solvents, including hydrocarbons, released during processing. Testing and certification to ANSI/CAN/UL/ULC 1389, Standard for Plant Oil Extraction Equipment for Installation and Use in Ordinary (Unclassified) Locations and Hazardous (Classified) Locations, enables manufacturers to design and build new processing equipment according to a consistent set of requirements and to avoid delays in acceptance by code authorities and commissioning of extraction facilities. ANSI/CAN/UL/ULC 1389 was published as a bi-national standard for the U.S. and Canada on Nov. 25, 2019, and is used as the basis of the UL certification program for extraction equipment.

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