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:
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:
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:
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.