As we are likely well aware, the CEC requirements represent a minimum hourly requirement.
When I am looking to fulfill cec requirements I try my best to support a continuing education provider who really demonstrates to me that he/she values education as I do. When I find a provider of that caliber, the cost is less important as opposed to what I will gain in terms of intellectual growth.
Each certification agency has its own CEU requirements and so it varies as to the answer to your question. In general, I think that most agencies require an adequate amount of CEU work. As Joanne correctly points our, the CEU requirements in most instances are “minimum requirements.” I would encourage every trainer to pursue enhancing their knowledge and hands-on skills at every opportunity.
I spend money every year on continuing ed in the form of certifications or workshops. I agree with Dale that reading magazines is not as beneficial as attending a conference or course. When I go to an actual in person workshop I always come back with so much knowledge, practice and excitement that in turn feeds my clients. With that being said, I feel that trainers/instructors should do more than the minimum to keep their certs. In some cases, some slip through the cracks with no certifications or expired certifications. It’s understandable that the economy is tough right now, but that doesn’t keep the motivated trainer/instructor from going to workshops and other educational events. It definitely pays off in the end when you bring back knowledge, practice, and excitement which in turn leads to retention of your clientele and even new clientele based on what you are able to offer through your education.