CEC Policy

The GPNi CEC Policies & Regulations

What Are CEC’s

Otherwise known as Continued Education Credits (CEC) or Continued Education Units (CEU), continued education and ongoing education are as crucial as certification. Whether you are a personal trainer teaching physical exercise or a sports nutritionist, being on top of the most up-to-date research is vital. Labeling yourself a professional is paramount in both safety to your clients, as an ethical responsibility.

Continuing Education Credits (CECs) are the units used to measure continuing education. CECs are allocated according to the quality and duration of an education program or event. Those that include an assessment of knowledge and skill gained will have higher CECs. A list of approved CEC courses, seminars, and other activities is listed below in the CEC table. 

Much like Medical Doctors, Pharmacists, or any primary profession, you need to ensure you have not forgotten the knowledge you have learned; also, you have been up to date with the latest research, trends, and science. Best practice, modern science, and duty of care are paramount for all professionals when dealing with your client’s health and fitness. 

Why CEC Policy Is So Strict at The GPNi®

Sadly, most fitness certification companies globally take very little care, focus, and responsibility for their CEC programs. Those in the fitness certification industry know that it’s a staggeringly low 2-5% of certified trainers are updated with their CEC’s.

At the Global Performance Nutrition Institute (GPNi®) we take this far more seriously than other international certification programs. The CEC program to the GPNi® is as important as the certification itself. The trainers who do not keep up with their CEC’s will be labeled “Unqualified” and “Inactive” on their profile.

Clients being trained by qualified GPNi® and ISSN certified trainers can rest assured that they are amongst the most professional, together with access to the most up-to-date nutrition knowledge.

The GPNi® CEC Policy

As a global leader in the fitness nutrition space, the Global Performance Nutrition Institute (GPNi®) is committed to industry standards and ongoing professional development. Continuing education helps advance your career by improving your existing skills or developing new ones.

Your continued professional development involves completing 10 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) every two years to maintain your registration. 

Students are required to obtain 10 Continued Education Credits (CEC) every 2years to remain qualified and eligible for the PNE Level-1 + SNS and PNE Level-2 Masters + CISSN international certifications.

CEC Points Policy Table


Detailed Description

CEC Points

Continued Education Course (SNC)


Sports Nutrition Coach (SNC ®) certificate continued education programs at or above 12hours in length.


Sports Nutrition Coach (SNC ®) certificate continued education programs at or above 8hours in length.


Seminars & Online Talks

On-demand seminars by the ISSN® or GPNi®.  Four hours to one full day in length – each day.


GPNi® Membership

Every active year of membership


ISSN “Live Conferences”

Online and offline seminars “live” with the ISSN® at or above 4 hours to 1 full day in length – each day.


Books & Products

Books & approved resource products


Online Tests & Exams

Online tests and exams


To submit your Continued Education approval please email to edu@gpni.fit or submit directly through your GPNi online Student Centre.

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