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Serving community care administrators & professionals in seeking their own continuing education as well as that of their employees.

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Essential to Community Care Professionals

We provide courses on topics relevant to residential care and the continuum of community care models in California.

Essential CEU Institute Courses

Explore all the ways to earn continuing education credits with Essential CEU Institute. It's now easier than ever to meet requirements and grow professionally with our wide range of learning resources!

The Essential CEU Institute Platform

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Essential Features

  • PDF certificates for printing

  • California state approved

  • Nationally approved courses

  • Unlimited hours

  • 24/7 access

  • Train on your schedule

  • Up-to-date courses

  • Instant access

  • Caregiver & employee training

  • Invite team members

  • Track staff participation

  • Affordable for teams

Team Management Features

With ever-changing requirements on certifications and new staff for your facilities, let us take care of making sure you are up-to-date on the latest CEUs.

  • Manage Staff Dashboard

    Invite team members & track participation through the admin dashboard with our robust caregiver & employee training tools.

  • National & state approved courses

    Instant, 24/7 access to DSS-Certified courses & up-to-date content relevant to multiple roles. Train on your schedule with no limitations or time commitments.

  • Course history

    Track your online certifications, download them or print certificates at anytime.

  • Flexible Plans

    From individuals to large facilities, we scale with you and your team.

Essential CEU Pricing

All plans provide unlimited access to our full library of course content.

Single Administrator

Quickly complete recertification requirements or boost your skills over time!

  • Month-to-month Plan

    Single Administrator

    $ 99 /mo
    • Cancel Anytime

    • Unlimited Course Access

    • Unlimited CEUs

  • Annual Plan

    Single Administrator

    $ 299 /yr
    • 66% Discount

    • Unlimited Course Access

    • Unlimited CEUs

Team & Staff Training

Powerful continuing education features for you and your entire team. As your team grows, you can upgrade to a larger plan at any time!

  • Annual Plan

    Small Team

    1 Admin + up to 5 Staff
    *12 payments of
    $ 98 /mo
    or $1,048 prepaid
    • Invite Team Members

    • Staff Activity Reports

    • Unlimited Course Access

    • Unlimited CEUs

  • Annual Plan

    Medium Team

    1 Admin + up to 15 Staff
    *12 payments of
    $ 165 /mo
    or $1,798 prepaid
    • Invite Team Members

    • Staff Activity Reports

    • Unlimited Course Access

    • Unlimited CEUs

  • Annual Plan

    Large Team

    2 Admin + up to 25 Staff
    *12 payments of
    $ 248 /mo
    or $2,698 prepaid
    • Invite Team Members

    • Staff Activity Reports

    • Unlimited Course Access

    • Unlimited CEUs

  • Annual Plan


    3 Admin + up to 50 Staff
    *12 payments of
    $ 450 /mo
    or $4,798 prepaid
    • Invite Team Members

    • Staff Activity Reports

    • Unlimited Course Access

    • Unlimited CEUs

Not seeing a plan that fits your team's needs? Contact Us and we will create a custom plan for you within 48 hours!

*Team Plans with a monthly payment schedule require an annual contract. Please refer to our Terms of Service for more information.

For more information about the difference between Admin and Staff certificates, please view our Frequently Asked Questions

Where We Started

Essential CEU Institute is a certified provider of continuing education through the California Department of Social Services, ACS division. We are just like you — busy professionals with many simultaneous demands to address. From the midnight calls to the holiday season audits, we understand both the pressures and opportunities for providers across the continuum of care. We have invested our time and integrated over 25 years of experience to share what we know. Finding a resource like ours is the perfect solution in these changing times.

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ARF Administrator

Have Questions? We Have Answers.

First, when you invite staff on the Manage Staff page, you will be able to view and monitor their course completions. This is a wonderful way to view all of your team’s performance in one place and to avoid having to log on numerous times.

Second, agency owners are able to pay for a subscription in a pack; this method is less expensive than paying for each individual subscription.

First, ask the staff member to check their spam/junk mail folder on their email inbox. It’s possible that the email invitation went there.

Second, it is possible for you to manually add an employee on the Manage Staff screen. We recommend asking the employees for their preferred email and password, then signing them up manually. You can then give them their login credentials in writing and send them to to start taking courses. Voila!

Thereafter, the individual is welcome to change their password and further customize their user account.

Our membership pricing can be located at Please review carefully for the number of administrators and general staff per account. Administrators get a different type of certificate than general staff.

If you have a small team but need more than one administrator on the account, please contact us and we will be happy to collaborate with you to further customize your subscription.

Unfortunately not. The direct support certificates are a fantastic, affordable way to benefit from the same content as CA DSS-certified Administrators, RNs, BBS licensees, and school psychologists. However, they do not contain the requisite codes. This becomes frustrating for all involved, and the licensing agencies usually end up calling us to verify the certificate.

With that said, we are happy to assist any individual with upgrading their membership to include what we call “Admin level certificates”. However, please understand that this would be modified from the date of the upgraded

Please feel free to contact our team at for assistance in bringing that individual into your team.

Note that we will be able to assist with the team migration, but that any fees that the individual has committed to (or paid) will be upheld for the applicable term.

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  • Lastly, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for support. Our support team is here and ready to assist – either with recorded tutorials or with scheduled support to guide you through.

Yes. The quiz can be repeated until a correct response is achieved. We recommend repeating as soon as possible in order to increase the likelihood of longer term memory on the topic(s) discussed.

Our “Admin level” certificates (example below on the left) have full codes on them. For example, many of our courses count for DSS-certified ARF, RCFE and Group Home Administrators, as well as California RNs, BBS licensees, etc. All applicable codes are listed on those certificates. Please see course descriptions for full details.

Our “direct support level” certificates (example below on the right) have the participant name, course name, number of credit hours and our agency name on the certificate. There are no codes, and so these types of certificates are not appropriate to submit for administrator recertification or outside renewals. Instead, direct support level certificates are typically used to show topic training for paraprofessionals or non-certified team members. These are wonderful certificates to be placed in staff files. Individuals are referred to any applicable licensing or other agencies to ensure that specific requirements are met.

Absolutely! We are eager to meet agency needs and are willing to develop custom or requested courses. Please get in touch with us at to share your ideas for additional content.

Most definitely. This is a strength of our course model at Essential CEU Institute. We know that your time is precious, and often scarce. With that in mind, we have designed courses so that you can pause them and resume once you become available.

Yes, yes, yes! We love that some agencies use our courses for repetition. Some agencies prefer to take courses annually; others prefer to train initially and then revisit courses following incidents or once continued support needs are identified.

Because our courses require at least 80% correct scores to complete, team leaders have the opportunity to identify those staff who may require additional opportunities to master content.

It is the user’s responsibility to ensure that courses are taken at the frequency needed for their specialty or work environment, as well as to ensure that courses that they choose to repeat will meet their recertification needs. For example, it is quite routine for direct support staff to repeat courses frequently, but less frequently for certified or licensed professionals to repeat a course more than once in a two-year period.

Great question! No, they do not. This means that one can even take the same course online and then again in live classrooms and receive separate certificates.

This question seems most relevant to certified and licensed professionals who are turning in their certificates for recertification and/or re-licensure.

Only those units completed through Essential CEU Institute’s online program are available for tracking. For your convenience, we offer enough units to meet all of the internet-based learning for each annual or bi-annual cycle.

Live course participation is documented on separate certificates and are not reflected in our online accounts.

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Essential CEU Institute
PO Box 157
Capitola, CA 95010

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