Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Knowledge Forum - FAQs About CEUs

Emily M Johnson
FAQ's About CEU's

forum: - IIDA Georgia Knowledge Forum
submitted by:  Emily Johnson , Novatuer Design Solutions
additional links:  IIDA Colorado website (

Continuing Education is an important need for both registered and non-registered designers. Having a better understanding about  the value of continuing education has been the mainstay of IIDA since its inception. Educated practitioners make informed, safe, and creative decisions, which affect us all. Educational programs serve as a creative outlet to promote awareness regarding pertinent issues within the practice of interior design. Here are a few FAQ's to help you know how to maintain your CEU's.
What constitutes a CEU?
A CEU, a continuing education unit, is a measurement of contact hours and credit assigned to an approved course. CEUs are awarded based on full-hour increments only. Thus, contact hours are rounded to the lowest full-hour number. For example, if instruction time
is 6 ½ hours, the course will receive 6 contact hours, or 0.6 CEU. One contact hour of learning activity equates to 0.1 CEU. Example: One contact hour equals 0.1 CEU, 10 hours equal 1.0 CEU.
What is the Current Compliance Period?
The current compliance period for Professional and Associate Members is January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011.
How Many CEU's a year do I need to maintain my professional registration?
The state of Georgia requires 12 hours per biennium
What Continuing Education Options are Available?
CEU courses are available in many venues and formats to enable Members to fulfill their continuing education requirements. Learning options include:
    * Courses sponsored by local IIDA/ASID Chapters
    * IIDA independent study courses (available in hard copy or electronic format)
    * Courses approved through IDCEC (IDCEC Member Organizations include: ASID, IDC, IDEC, IIDA)
    * Structured Travel / Study tours led by qualified instructors (self-guided tours are not acceptable)
    * Educational tracks at industry-wide conferences and symposia
    * College courses (not toward a degree)
    * Educational courses at museums and other cultural institutions led by qualified instructors
       Self-study courses available on the Internet, trade publications and Perspective magazine.
       Many manufacturers/Sales Reps offer CEU Lunch N Learns or CEU opportunities at their showrooms

Can I transfer my credits to the next  year?
No, CEUs are not transferable between compliance periods. Any additional credits, above and beyond the required 1.0 CEU and/or accumulated before January 1, 2010, cannot be credited to the current compliance period.

How are CEU credits registered? CEU credits are registered through NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification), the official clearinghouse for all professional interior design organizations offering CEU courses. Attendees may register credits on site if the course is an IDCEC approved course, or register the credits through the IIDA Education Department via the Individual Approval Reporting Form (IARF) if the course is not pre-approved. Be aware that submission of the IARF does not guarantee approval and that the IARF is unique to IIDA as a member benefit to procure CEU credit for compliance. CEUs earned via the IARF may not qualify for state licensing requirements, since the course is not IDCEC approved. Therefore, IIDA recommends contacting your state licensing board regarding state submission policies and HSW qualifications.

Who do I call to request a transcript of my continuing education activity?
To request a transcript of registered courses, you may contact NCIDQ at 202.721.0220, or via e-mail at The address for NCIDQ is: 1602 L St., NW, Ste. 200, Washington, DC 20036.

b.o.b. Forum Design Awards ~ Save the Date

Get ready for February 22, 2012! Each Year the IIDA Georgia Chapter proudly hosts the b.o.b. Forum Design Awards. The b.o.b. (Best of the Best) Forum Design Awards is the highest honor that IIDA Georgia can bestow in recognition of design excellence and promotion of creativity which strives to continuously to push boundaries and exceed expectations. The competition is open to any IIDA member or student in the state of Georgia for projects completed during the specified time frame. Membership must be current or pending. Prior publication does not affect eligibility. The location for the event will be at Opera as in the past.  Please check back frequently for more information on the IIDA Georgia website regarding details for the upcoming b.o.b. Forum Design Awards Event.  It's going to be "totally rad."

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Trash-2-Treasure is Almost Here...Get Your Tickets Now!!!

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President's "Stamp of Approval"

It’s my honor to serve as President of this dynamic organization and, in association with President-Elect, Cynthia Hovorka, to guide a truly remarkable and passionate team of design professionals and industry leaders.

. . . no longer the big fish in the small pond . . .

This past year IIDA HQ announced our promotion to a “Large Chapter”.  As the newly dubbed ‘little fish’ in this new ‘big pond’, we’re making strides for you - our Members, our Partners, our Sponsors, our A+D Community, our Friends.  In just the 1st of a number of exciting developments our new BLOG ‘Designed & Delivered’ will keep you informed and connected.

Here’s a sneak-peak of a few other things planned: Industry Exchange -- a new quarterly discussion forum.  January 2012 will unveil the re-Branding of IIDA Georgia and our brands (old and new); the chapter will also present an informative CEU (developed by IIDA Georgia) vis-à-vis Professional Interior Design Registration (RID).  Look for the launch our new Website in April 2012. 

2012 also marks our 40th Anniversary*, which we’ll celebrate during our Annual Meeting in June; and lastly, the chapter will launch the inauguration of the IIDA Georgia Leader’s Breakfast (in collaboration with IIDA HQ and Herman Miller) in November of 2012.

As we collectively progress forward and work on your behalf to bring meaningful programming, education, resources, networking, philanthropic activities, advocacy, mentoring, professional development, leadership opportunities and so much more…we welcome our Members, Partners, Sponsors and Friends along with the entire A+D Community to embark on this exciting journey with us!

Michele Lyden, IIDA Georgia Chapter President, 2011-12

*IIDA Georgia has deep roots, beginning with Institute of Business Designers (IBD), IIDA was founded in 1994; the result of a merger between Institute of Business Designers (IBD); the International Society of Interior Designers (ISID); and the Council of Federal Interior Designers (CFID).

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