What are the Different Types of Mandatory Continuing Education?

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There are quite a few different types of mandatory continuing education, though in general they are connected to different types of careers. One common type of ongoing education is continued education for teachers who often have to either be working on a higher level educational degree or continuing learning about different teaching methods. Another common form of mandatory education pertains to nurses and doctors, who are often required to continue learning about different medical treatments and medications. There are also forms of mandatory continuing education that are not necessarily required to maintain a professional license, but are required by someone’s employer.

Mandatory continuing education refers to a form of ongoing education that occurs after someone completes a certain level of education, such as a degree required to work in a certain field. This education must be completed after the person gains employment in order for him or her to maintain employment. In general, there are a few major types of mandatory continuing education, which typically break down into those that are required by a licensing board for certain professions and those required by an employer.


One of the most common forms of mandatory continuing education required for licensure is ongoing education for teachers. Teachers typically must continue toward a higher level degree, often from a bachelor’s degree to a master’s degree, or continue taking courses on different teaching pedagogies and educational methodology. This education can be required at a regional level in some countries or at a federal level in other countries. School districts can also impose a certain amount of mandatory continuing education on teachers who are employed within the district.

Doctors and other medical professionals are also often required to take mandatory continuing education courses to maintain their licenses. These courses are often about new forms of treatment, diagnosis, and medication that are developed each year. Failure to complete such programs can cause a doctor to lose his or her job or medical license.

There are also forms of mandatory continuing education that are not involved in any form of professional licensure, but are instead required solely by an employer. Managers in a company may be required to attend seminars in managing techniques or attend classes in business practices to maintain their positions within a company. Someone looking to move up into a management position may also be required to attain a college degree or take certain classes to qualify for such a position. This type of ongoing education will not disqualify a person from working in his or her chosen industry, but may result in termination or loss of promotion within a particular company.


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