Maintaining Your PACE Certification


PACE holders will need to keep their certification current by completing a required amount Continuing Education Units (CEUs). To complete the recertification process, PACE holders must earn 2.4 Continuing Education Units (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

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Recertification Fee

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 credit:

  • Conferences and workshops
    • Attending the annual Administrative Professionals Conference (APC) and/or Executive Assistants’ Summit will earn between .5 and 1.6 credits depending on that year’s program and what you select. It is possible to earn a year’s worth of CEU’s by attending the APC.
    • Attending the Pre and Post Conference Workshops at the APC will earn .3 credits for a half-day and .6 credits for full day
  • Webinars and online on-demand training
    • ASAP live AND on-demand webinars earn .1 credits for each webinar
    • Lorman live and on-demand PACE-credited webinars earn .1 credits per full hour
  • 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 credits per hour. Industry-specific training that advances the admin’s expertise (and relates to a PACE proficiency count; organization-specific training e.g. company orientation or company policies and procedures do NOT count.
  • Adult education classes provided in your local community – directly relevant to your profession and to PACE competencies—earns .1 credits per hour. Example topics would 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 per certification.
    • CAP = 1.6 CEU. 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 an hour or a partial hour.
  • Partial Hours: for our certifying body, training has to be in 60 minute modules so unfortunately partial hours don't qualify. Example: if you attend a webinar that is 1 hour and 15 minutes, 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.

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