Clock Hour and CEU Calculation Policy for Online Courses

 

InterNACHI® CE

InterNACHI® requires its certified inspectors to complete 24.0 hours of Continuing Education annually to maintain their InterNACHI® certification. Visit the InterNACHI® Continuing Education Policy. 

InterNACHI® follows the national standards of the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and the CEU standards developed by The International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) that ensures colleges and universities provide high-quality education following the ACCET Standards for Accreditation and the ANSI/IACET 1-2018 Standard for Continuing Education and Training. InterNACHI's Clock Hour and CEU Calculation Policy for Online Courses describe the institution's applied methodologies based on the ACCET and IACET standards for providing effective and valuable education to the InterNACHI® membership. 


InterNACHI® School

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI®) is a federally tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit membership trade organization headquartered in Colorado, USA (View Tax-Exempt Status and State Exemption Letter). InterNACHI® provides free online education courses and a Home Inspector Certificate Program exclusively to its membership through InterNACHI® School, which operates as a division within the membership trade organization. InterNACHI® School is accredited by a national accrediting agency (ACCET.org) recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Our tuition-free courses are provided by our accredited college at internachi.edu.

InterNACHI® members may complete online e-learning courses and the certificate program at their own pace. The InterNACHI® School offers asynchronous online courses delivered through computerized electronic technologies, allowing students flexibility in achieving their continuing education goals. The courses require attendance, participation, interaction with instruction, academic engagement, direct communication, and learning activity to meet the course and program objectives and achieve intended learning outcomes. InterNACHI's e-learning courses compare with similar training offered in a traditional face-to-face class and on-site instruction and comply with time-on-task analysis completed by the curriculum publishers. The online courses mirror their in-person/on-site classes closely, requiring the same components, covering the same topics, and setting the same goals and objectives.

InterNACHI® School does not require onsite attendance, and students do not attend an in-residence program. 

Please read the InterNACHI® Student Catalog to view the courses and program details and enroll in the courses provided by our college by visiting www.nachi.org/catalog.


Clock Hour & CEU

ACCET defines clock hours and CEUs, which are calculated in part by comparing InterNACHI's e-learning courses with similar and comparable in-person, on-site classes offered in a traditional face-to-face delivery mode and applying a time-on-task analysis completed by the curriculum publishers. InterNACHI® documents its implementation and application of policies and procedures for determining clock hours and the Continuing Education Units (CEUs) awarded for its courses and programs. 

A clock hour is defined as 50 to 60 minutes in a 60-minute period of the student’s attendance, participation, interaction with instruction, academic engagement, direct communication, and learning activity in an e-learning asynchronous course where there are measurable and documented times of the student:

  • attendance1,
  • participation2, 9, 13
  • interactivity3
  • academic engagement4, 5, 6,
  • direct communication between the instructor and students or students with other students7, 10, 11, and 
  • learning activities8, 12

* Refer to the enumerated notations below.

CEU is the number of clock hours of a student’s attendance, participation, interaction with instruction, academic engagement, direct communication, and learning activity divided by 10. For example, if a course is 10.0 clock hours, then the course is also worth 1.0 CEU. 

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is in the public domain and is commonly recognized as a standard unit of measure for continuing education and training, particularly as it applies to the professional development of adult learners in a formalized college-level educational setting.


ATTENDANCE, PARTICIPATION, INTERACTIVITY, ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT, COMMUNICATION, AND LEARNING 

InterNACHI® School monitors and measures each student's work, including attendance, participation, interaction with instruction, academic engagement, direct communication, and learning activity in 50 out of 60 minutes for each clock hour. The following time factors may be used to calculate the total clock hours and credits of any InterNACHI® course: 

  1. Attendance or "Seat Time": The student receives credit for attending the course, which begins when the course is started, is measured while the student is interactively engaged with instruction and academic activities, and ends when the final exam is passed. Participation, interactivity, reading, engagement, communication, video learning, reinforcement, and assignments are included. The time is quantified and documented by the school's computerized electronic technologies. The "seat time" clock hour credit for attendance or "seat time" is the number of minutes of student attendance / 50.
  2. Participation: Students are required to participate or actively engage in all learning activities. Student participation is required and monitored through the learning management system. Students demonstrate substantive participation through frequent and active interaction with reading and writing assignments, writing essays, submitting essays, uploading images, taking review quizzes and final exams, and engagement in other academic activities. The learning management system provides a time-out default mechanism for inactivity and, thereby, will not mark, calculate, and award clock minutes or clock hours for the time when students are not actively participating. The clock hour credit for student participation is the number of minutes of online student participation / 50.
  3. Interactivity: For the Home Inspector Certificate Program and online courses, students may use the online InterNACHI Inspection Community Forum to directly communicate and interact with their peers, members, other students, or a mentor who can help guide them and provide informal tutoring. The clock hour credit for interactivity is the number of minutes of student interactivity / 50.
  4. Reading the Course Text: The student receives credit for reading the instructional material in text, tables, illustrations, and images within the course. The clock hour credit for reading is the number of words in the course / 100 wpm / 50.
  5. Reading the Course Textbook: The student receives credit for reading, scanning, reviewing, and studying the companion student coursebook. The clock hour credit for reading the textbook is the number of words in the book / 100 / 50 (maximum).
  6. Academic Engagement: The student receives credit for the student's work in reviewing and studying the instructional course material in addition to reading the text. This includes additional technical information and text, tables and charts, technical illustrations, and inspection images with captions or alternative text. This clock hour credit for academic engagement is the number of words in the course / 100 / 50 (maximum). 
  7. Direct Communication: The student receives credit for direct academic-oriented communication with other students, the instructor, a mentor, or an Education Team Member with questions, feedback, or requests related to an academic task, assignment, or topic of a course, if it is timed and documented by the learning management system. The clock hour credit for timed communication is the number of minutes of direct communication / 50.
  8. Instructional Video Learning Activity: The student receives credit for watching and listening to instructional video. The clock hour credit for the video is the number of minutes of the video / 50. 
  9. Reinforcement Questions and Answers: The student receives credit for participating in review reinforcement question and answer sessions placed throughout the course at sufficient intervals to allow the student to evaluate the material that needs to be studied more. The clock hour credit for reinforcement review is the number of quiz questions X 1.85 mpq / 50. 
  10. Writing Assignment of the Inspection: The student receives credit for the student's work related to writing and submitting the assignment related to performing an inspection on a house system or component chosen by the student and meeting the writing assignment criteria. The clock hour credit for the inspection writing assignment is a maximum of 4.0 hours per assignment.
  11. Writing Assignment of the Research: The student receives credit for the student's work on researching a course topic related to a house system or component chosen by the student and meeting the writing assignment criteria. The clock hour credit for the research writing assignment is a maximum of 4.0 hours per assignment.
  12. Academic Activities for an Inspection: The student receives credit for the participation in studying and preparing for the on-site inspection and report writing process according to a Standards of Practice that is required in an "inspection & writing assignment," including studying, learning, preparing, and practicing how to: (a) to capture, transfer, save, label, size, and archive digital images with a camera or device; (b) make observations in an inspection process; (c) evaluate conditions observed; (d) deduce, draw conclusions, and formulate opinions; (e) communicate observations in written form; (f) follow and abide by a Standards of Practice (g) use an inspection checklist or software and other inspection tools while performing an inspection; and (h) publish an inspection report. The clock hour credit for the learning inspection activities is a maximum of 8.0 hours for each inspection assignment.
  13. Performing an Inspection: The student receives credit for participating in a directed and independent inspection study performed according to a Standards of Practice, including but not limited to performing an actual inspection on a dwelling, using visual-only inspection techniques, taking digital inspection images with a device or camera, uploading an inspection image, and developing and writing an inspection report using a checklist. The clock hour credit for performing an inspection is a maximum of 8.0 hours for each inspection.

wpm = words per minute
mpq = minutes per question


REFERENCES

Calculating and awarding clock hour credit for student work, including the student’s attendance, participation, interaction with instruction, academic engagement, direct communication, and learning activity, are based upon but not limited to the following factors, references to accredited institutions and government resources:

  • Attendance or "Seat Time" can be calculated as the number of minutes a student should be in attendance and interactively engaged with instruction and academic activities. The time is quantified and documented by the school's computerized electronic technologies, including automatic time-out. Attendance is not taken for asynchronous e-learning courses that do not require any attendance to in-person classes or on-site training. Participation is required in relation to calculating "seat time." Seat time is a poor method of calculating clock hours and CE, because a student can sit and not learn anything. Not all courses have "seat time" requirements.
  • Participation is when a student substantively participates in all academic activities. Student participation is required and monitored by InterNACHI® through the learning management system and by staff. Students demonstrate substantive participation through frequent and active interaction with reading and writing assignments, quizzes, final exams, online discussions, and engagement in other academic activities. Students are required to participate in the inspection and writing assignments. Students must progress through each course to complete successfully within the academic term. Students can participate in educational discussions with peers, students, inspectors, and mentors to gain further insights into the subject matter. The learning management system tracks and ensures students complete all of the course requirements, including participation. For example, every keystroke, link click, or page turn from a student in an InterNACHI® course is documented.
  • Interactivity is achieved by students through the online InterNACHI® Inspection Community Forum, where they can regularly interact with their peers, members, other students, home inspectors, or mentors (Mentoring Program nachi.org/mentoring) who can help guide and oversee their academic work. Online interactivity by our students is documented. 
  • Academic engagement is when a student is assigned a task to conduct on their own but directed and timed by the course instructor or learning management platform for the purpose of completing an assignment. For example, completing an "Inspection & Writing Assignment" in one of our online courses is the academic engagement of a student that is documented.
  • One clock hour is equivalent to 50 minutes of attendance, participation, instruction, academic engagement, or learning activity within a 60-minute period. InterNACHI® divides the total minutes of student attendance, participation, instruction, academic engagement, or learning activity in a course by 50 to convert minutes into clock hours. 
  • The average reading rate for advanced technical material is 75 words per minute, and the reading speed for memorizing technical material is lower than 100 wpm. [Reading Speed Statistics, November 8, 2021. https://wordsrated.com/reading-speed-statistics.] The average adult reading for learning is 100-200 words per minute for advanced, technical, non-fiction text. [Smith, Brenda D. "Breaking Through: College Reading" 7th Ed. Longman, 2004]. A sixth-grade student, on average, reads about 90-180 words per minute. [NAEP - Percentage of Students, Average Number of Words Per Minute, Grade 4. NCES.ed.gov. https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pubs/studies/2006469.aspx]. InterNACHI® uses 100 words per minute and 50 minutes per hour to calculate the time for a student to read the text words of the course, text within instructional illustrations, and text within the student's textbook that accompanies the online course. 
  • Assuming 100 words per minute, clock hours for reading equals the number of words divided by 100 words divided by 50 minutes (assuming 50 minutes of instructional reading and a 10-minute break per 60-minute hour). Therefore, reading time in clock hours = total number of words / 100 / 50. [Syracuse University Policies http://supolicies.syr.edu/studs/class_scheduling.htm] 
  • InterNACHI® writing assignments have a writing minimum of 4th-grade level criteria. https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/studies/ors/rateperminute.
  • Watching, listening, reading, and learning from instructional videos within the course is timed on a 1:1 ratio. For example, 50 minutes of instructional video required by the course equals 50 minutes of student academic engagement. [AICPA and NASBA Continuing Professional Education Program Standard #14, Method 2, Prescribed Word Count Formula, 2011].
  • The time for participating in the review reinforcement question and answer sessions is calculated by multiplying the number of questions by a factor 1.85 to calculate the total number of minutes of student work. For example, the time for taking a 10-question quiz is 18.5 minutes (10 questions x 1.85) or 0.3 hours of academic engagement. [AICPA and NASBA Continuing Professional Education Program Standard #14, Method 2, Prescribed Word Count Formula, 2011].
  • Clock hour time is provided for a student to study and review questions and other reinforcement tools placed throughout the course in sufficient intervals to allow the student to evaluate the material that needs to be re-studied. [U.S. Department of Education: Guidance to Institutions and Accrediting Agencies Regarding a Credit Hour as Defined in the Final Regulations Published on October 19, 2010].
  • Clock hour time is provided for a student to complete an assignment of reading content on the online discussion forums, making responses, posting images, and writing a short essay is calculated to be an average of 2.0 to 4.0 hours per writing assignment. [U.S. Department of Education: Guidance to Institutions and Accrediting Agencies Regarding a Credit Hour as Defined in the Final Regulations Published on October 19, 2010].
  • Cock hour time is provided for a student to study and prepare for the inspection processes according to a Standards of Practice, including but not limited to capturing and storing digital images with a camera or device, making observations during an inspection, evaluating conditions observed, arriving at a fact or conclusion, formulating opinions, communicating observations in written form, attaining competency in actual performance of inspections, and using an inspection checklist or software and other communication tools with the intent of producing a written report for completing a course assignment. [The national average time to complete a home inspection by a professional inspector is an entire 8-hour workday, and a student is provided 8.0 clock hours of credit.] 
  • Hours are rounded. If the tenth decimal number is 5 or greater, then the hour is rounded up to the next whole number. Otherwise, it is rounded down. For example, 12.5 calculated clock hours would be rounded to 13.0. Minutes are also rounded to the tenth of a digit. For example, 40 minutes is equal to 0.67 hours (40 min / 60 min), which is equal to 0.7 clock hours.
  • InterNACHI® follows the national standards of the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and the CEU standards developed by The International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) that ensures colleges and universities provide high-quality education following the ACCET Standards for Accreditation and the ANSI/IACET 1-2018 Standard for Continuing Education and Training. InterNACHI's Clock Hour and CEU Calculation Policy for Online Courses describe the institution's applied methodologies based on the ACCET and IACET standards for providing effective and valuable education to the InterNACHI® membership. 


Example Table of Clock Hour & CEU 

Every InterNACHI® online course includes a description page that describes the course, its goals and objectives, and the topics the student will learn. Also on the description page is a table that outlines the calculated clock hours and CEU for the course in relation to the student's work, including attendance, participation, interaction with instruction, academic engagement, direct communication, and learning activity. The following is an example table. 

InterNACHI® Course Example
Course #555, Student Catalog
www.nachi.org/internachi-course-example-555



Student WorkTime CalculationEstimated Clock Hour Time for the Average Student
Attendance for "Seat Time" 1# of minutes of student attendance / 5010.2
Participation in Learning Activities 2# of minutes of online student participation / 501.0
Interactivity 3# of minutes of student interactivity / 500.5
Reading the Course Text 4# of words in the course / 100 words per minute / 503.0
Reading the Course Textbook 5# of words in the book / 100 words per minute / 501.5
Academic Engagement 6# of words in the course / 100 / 501.0
Direct Communication 7# of minutes of communication / 500.5
Instructional Video Learning 8# of minutes of video / 501.0
Reinforcement Q & A  9# of questions X 1.85 / 501.7
Writing Assignment of the Inspection  102.0 hours per assignment2.0
Writing Assignment of the Research  114.0 hours per assignment4.0
Academic Activities for an Inspection  126.0 hours for each inspection assignment6.0
Performing an Inspection  138.0 hours for each inspection8.0
* nachi.org/catalog-credit-hour-calculation
30.2
Total clock hours
30.0 clock hours
30.0 InterNACHI CE credit hours
3.0 CEU


According to the institution's policies and procedures, the Clock Hour and CEU Calculation Policy is reviewed and revised when necessary by the Chief Academic Officer and Education Team during regular curriculum reviews and meetings. 

If any errors or discrepancies are found in any course, course description, clock hours, certificate of completion, or other areas of the NACHI.ORG website, please email education@internachi.org

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