Maintaining Your PACE Certification

Read on for ways to maintain your PACE certification.


PACE holders will need to keep their certification current by completing a required amount of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). To complete the recertification process, PACE holders must earn 2.4 CEUs every two years. This can be accomplished by completing 24 hours of education or training, logging them, and paying the $75 recertification fee every two years.

Read through our Recertification Guide to learn more about:

  • What qualifies as a CEU
  • Examples of CEUs
  • How to track and manage CEUs 
  • Recertification fee

Download Recertification Guide


Members pay a $75.00 fee for each two-year recertification cycle. (Please Note: This fee is for recertification only. To enroll in the PACE Certification program, click here.) You can pay the fee in your E-Learning Center, once you have earned 2.4 CEUs, within 30 days of your certification expiration date.

Recertification deadline

Your recertification deadline date is the anniversary date of your PACE certification.

What qualifies?

ASAP awards CEUs through the national credentialing body, the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. To be eligible for CEUs, training activities or classes must offer a minimum of 60 continuous minutes of education. Training topics must be directly relevant to skills and knowledge necessary for administrative professionals’ and executive assistants’ success, and content must be related to the four PACE proficiency modules that were tested on the PACE exam:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Task and Project Management
  • Management Skills
  • Computer and Internet Technology

Examples of appropriate and relevant ways to earn PACE CEU credits:

  • Conferences
    • Attending the annual Administrative Professionals Conference (APC) will earn between .5 and 1.8 CEUs, depending on that year’s program and what you select. It is possible to earn a year’s worth of CEUs by attending APC. For example, APC 2024 attendees will earn 1.2 CEUs (12 hours) with the Base Pass or 1.8 CEUs (18 hours) with the Premium Pass.
    • Attending EA Ignite will earn 1.4 CEUs (14 hours).
  • Webinars and online on-demand training
  • College or university courses
    • Completing college courses – directly related to your profession and to PACE competencies – will earn 1.0 CEUs per completed course awarded a C+ passing grade or higher.
  • Training classes through your company or a local provider will earn .1 CEU per hour. Role-specific training that advances the admin’s expertise and relates to a PACE proficiency counts; organization-specific training, e.g., company orientation or company policies and procedures, does NOT count.
  • Adult education classes provided in your local community that are directly relevant to your profession and to PACE competencies earn .1 CEU per hour. Example topics include Excel, PowerPoint, Communication Skills, or Business Writing.
  • Successfully achieving another professional certification during the renewal period and after achieving your PACE
    • MOS Master or Expert= .5 CEUs per certification.
    • CAP = 1.6 CEUs. Please contact us for other certifications.

What will not count?

  • Anything completed outside the two-year renewal period
  • Networking, receptions, lunch periods, or breaks
  • Training or education under one hour or a partial hour
  • Partial Hours: For our certifying body, training has to be in modules; so, unfortunately, partial hours do not qualify. Example: If you attend a webinar that is 1 hour and 15 minutes long, you may submit for .1 CEU (or 1 clock hour).
  • Classes, courses, sessions, or motivational speeches that lack educational content OR that are not relevant to the profession or to PACE competencies do not qualify.

Contact Training Team

American Society of Administrative Professionals

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APC  EA Ignite