Hello Carrie Winningham,
Good thinking on your part. Generally, we need 20 hours to recertify, so divide your CEC requirement by 20, or multiply. For example: 0.10 CEC X 20 = 2.0. If you are not sure, I would contact my certifying agency for a definitive answer.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
different organizations award different CECs even for the same class / course. And one hour of classroom time does not necessarily equate to one contact hour. If you need to pay quite a bit of money for some CECs, I would contact your PT organization to make sure what they will grant you.
All organizations I know also have a process by which you can apply for approval of your CECs (against a fee, of course). However, some are very stingy in what they are giving you in terms of CECs. For example, I was renewing my water aerobics certification with AEA, and they will only grant 10.0 CECs no matter what you apply for. Personally, I (almost) thought it was hilarious that my NASM CES certification was not sufficient to renew a water aerobics cert!
Each organization credits CECs in different ways. Most do take the contact hours into consideration and then give that a numeric value.
ACE 1 hour = .1 CEC
ACSM 1 hour = 1 CEC
ACE requires 2.0 CECs every two years to renew. That is 20 contact hours according to their system. (I get 20 contact hours about every 3 months, but I love to learn.)
ACSM requires 40 contact hours over 3 years.
I haven’t checked NASM, NSCA, etc. lately, but they all very similar in renewal CECs. Some de-value CECs obtained from sources not approved of by their organizaiton. Usually you have to submit non-approved CEC courses for them to give you a value.