Professional Development

What is the current compliance period?

The current compliance period runs from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013.

IIDA Professional and Associate Members are required to complete and report 1.0 CEU (10 hours) of Continuing Education prior to December 31, 2013. All Professional and Associate Members (active and inactive) including Educators, IIDA Fellows and Chapter Officers must adhere to IIDA compliance requirements.

The current compliance period applies if you became a Professional or an Associate Member prior to January 1, 2012. This allows you two years to complete the 1.0 CEU requirements. If you became a Professional or Associate Member after January 1, 2012 your first compliance period begins January 1, 2014.

IIDA accepts all IDCEC (Interior Design Continuing Education Council) approved courses. It is the responsibility of each Member to maintain their own records

What is a CEU?

CEU – Continuing Education Unit. A CEU is a measurement of contact hours and credit assigned to an approved course.
Example: 1 contact hour = 0.1 CEU

Registering your CEUs

All learners who belong to ASID, IIDA or IDC and are required to fulfill the continuing education requirement are assigned a unique IDCEC number.

To get your unique number you need to contact:
Ely Padilla
Director of Continuing Education

You can then use the central online registry to report attendance and obtain an official transcript of their CEU activity. Use of this registry is free for all learners who belong to ASID, IIDA and IDC.

There is a downloadable instruction booklet once you click on the tab “Register your CEUs”

All courses approved for CEU credit by IDCEC is automatically accepted by ASID, IIDA and IDC. In addition, many regulatory jurisdictions recognize IDCEC approval, in total or in part, for state/provincial CEU requirements related to licensure.

If you should need a transcript the cost to for an official IDCEC one is $15. An unofficial transcript is free of cost. Which you can access once you have registered.

What continuing education options are available to IIDA Members?

CEU courses are available in many venues and formats to enable Members to fulfill their continuing education requirements. Some options include:

  • Courses sponsored by IIDA Chapters, City Centers and Forums
  • 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.

How can I get my “Lunch and Learn” presentation certified for CEU credit?

Again, go to click the tab CE Providers. There is a wealth of information there to help you.

How do I receive credit for a non-IDCEC Approved Course

You may receive CEU credit for certain programs that were not previously approved by the IDCEC Review Board.

Receiving Credit for non-IDCEC Approved Courses

The Individual Approval Reporting Form is a unique member benefit that allows you to obtain CEU credit towards IIDA membership compliance. Check with your local certification or licensing board to ensure state or jurisdictional accreditation as there may be a separate submission process at the state level.

Reporting a CEU Course

If you have attended a course which was not IDCEC-approved and you want to apply it towards your IIDA compliance requirement:

Submit a completed IARF (Individual  Approval Reporting Form).
Submit an IARF for each course or one per conference.

Include official verification of your attendance that includes the hours of instruction (i.e. an official certificate of completion or a transcript from an accredited university or college). If this is not available, submit the following:

  • An official class syllabus/outline with lecture time quantified
  • A copy of course materials/handouts
  • Biography of speaker/instructor

You must submit proof of attendance verification.  Payment receipts are not acceptable forms of verification.  Complete instructions are available by clicking here IARF Instructions.

For more information about what is acceptable to submit & what is not go to: