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Understanding Continuing Education Requirements for Architects, Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects

Georgia Interior Design Continuing Education Requirements


The Georgia State Board of Architects and Interior Designers requires Georgia-registered interior designers to complete twelve (12) hours of continuing education every two years.
  • CE Requirement:  Twelve (12) PDUs (Professional Development Units), of which at least six (6) must be in public protection subjects (HSW). The remaining six (6) credits may be earned in related practice subjects (non HSW).
  • CE Cycle: Two-year period running from April 1 of odd-numbered years through March 31 of the following odd-numbered year (e.g. April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2013).
  • Acceptable Coursework: Continuing education hours must be AIA and/or IDCEC-approved and acquired via stuctured educational activities (i.e. seminar, internet or correspondence course). Use your professional judgment to determine if an activity meets the Board's criteria as summarized in this post and - most importantly - as detailed on Board's website (see "Source" at the end of this post for weblink). 
  • Reporting of Credits:  Providers CANNOT report continuing education credits earned to the Georgia Board, neither can registrants (except in case of audit - see "audit" below).
  • Tracking of Credits: Registrants are responsible for maintaining proof of successful completion of continuing education activities for at least four years. Did you know? Design Arts Seminars keeps track of the courses you take with us and provides you with online access to your transcript saving you both time and money, especially in case of audit.
  • Audit: A random sample of registrants will be selected for an in-depth audit to verify compliance with continuing education requirements.
Source: Georgia State Board of Architects and Interior Designers

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Georgia Architecture Continuing Education Requirements


The Georgia State Board of Architects and Interior Designers requires Georgia-registered architects to complete twenty-four (24) hours of continuing education every two years.
  • CE Requirement:  Twenty-four (24) PDUs (Professional Development Units), of which sixteen (16) must be in public protection subjects (HSW) and acquired via stuctured educational activities (i.e. seminar, internet or correspondence course). The remaining eight (8) credits may be earned in related practice subjects (non-HSW) via stuctured educational activities and/or earned in public protection subjects (HSW) via individually planned education activities (activity related to the registrant's profession but not designed and systematically presented as a continuing education activity e.g. publication of an article or book, making a professional or technical presentation, being an active member or officer of professional organization, teaching, etc).
  • CE Cycle: Two-year period running from July 1 of odd-numbered years through June 30 of the following odd-numbered year (e.g. July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2011 then July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013).
  • Acceptable Coursework: Use your professional judgment to determine if an activity meets the Board's criteria as summarized in this post and - most importantly - as detailed on Board's website (see "Source" at the end of this post for weblink). 
  • Reporting of Credits:  Providers CANNOT report continuing education credits earned to the Georgia Board, neither can registrants (except in case of audit - see "audit" below).
  • Tracking of Credits: Registrants are responsible for maintaining proof of successful completion of continuing education activities for at least four years. Did you know? Design Arts Seminars keeps track of the courses you take with us and provides you with online access to your transcript saving you both time and money, especially in case of audit.
  • Audit: A random sample of registrants will be selected for an in-depth audit to verify compliance with continuing education requirements.
Source: Georgia State Board of Architects and Interior Designers

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Alabama Architecture Continuing Education Requirements


The Alabama Board of Architects requires Alabama-registered architects to complete  12 (twelve) hours of continuing education every year.
  • CE Requirement:  Twelve (12) CEHs (Continuing Education Hours) annually (see "CE Cycle" below). All twelve (12) CEHs must qualify as Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) credits. 
  • CE Cycle: Annual - from October 1 to September 30.
  • Acceptable Coursework: At least eight (8) of the twelve (12) hours must be earned structured study (i.e. seminar, internet or correspondence course) and a maximum of four (4) hours may be earned in self-directed setting (activity related to the registrant's profession but not designed and systematically presented as a continuing education activity e.g. publication of an article or book, making a professional or technical presentation, being an active member or officer of professional organization, teaching, etc.). The Alabama Board does not pre-approve providers of continuing education. Choose continuing education activities for which you will receive a certificate of completion showing verifiable course information (AIA, USGBC course number, etc). Use your professional judgment to determine if an activity meets the Board's criteria as summarized in this post and - most importantly - as detailed on Board's website (see "Source" at the end of this post for weblink). 
  • Reporting of Credits:  Providers CANNOT report continuing education credits earned to the Alabama Board. However, registrants - as part of the annual renewal process - MUST complete the Continuing Education Annual Report Form attesting to the fulfillment of all continuing education requirements. 
  • Tracking of Credits: Members are responsible for maintaining proof of successful completion of continuing education activities for at least one year from the renewal date for which they were claimed. Did you know? Design Arts Seminars keeps track of the courses you take with us and provides you with online access to your transcript saving you both time and money, especially in case of audit.
  • Audit: A random sample of registrants will be selected for an in-depth audit to verify compliance with continuing education requirements.
Source: Alabama Board of Architects

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Alabama Interior Design Continuing Education Requirements


The Alabama Board for Registered Interior Designers requires Alabama-registered interior designers to complete ten (10) hours of continuing education every year.
  • CE Requirement:  Ten (10) CEUs (Continuing Education Units) annually (see "CE Cycle" below). All ten (10) CEUs must qualify as Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) credits. At least four (4) of the ten (10) credits must be related to codes and standards (i.e. ADA, ANSI, BOCA, ICC, LEED, etc). 
  • CE Cycle: Annual - from October 1 to September 30.
  • Acceptable CourseworkAt least six (6) of the ten (10) hours must be earned via in-person study (i.e. face-to-face seminars and presentations) and a maximum of four (4) hours may be earned in self-directed setting (i.e. home study, online, correspondence, etc). The Alabama Board does not pre-approve providers of continuing education. Choose continuing education activities for which you will receive a certificate of completion showing verifiable course information (AIA, ASID, IIDA, IDCEC, USGBC, etc. course number). Use your professional judgment to determine if an activity meets the Board's criteria as summarized in this post and - most importantly - as detailed on Board's website (see "Source" at the end of this post for weblink). Registrants have the option to request prior written approval of a proposed CEU at least 6 weeks in advance of the scheduled activity.
  • Reporting of Credits:  Providers CANNOT report continuing education credits earned to the Alabama Board. However, registrants - as part of the annual renewal process - MUST complete the continuing education section of the annual renewal form attesting to the fulfillment of all continuing education requirements. 
  • Tracking of Credits: Members are responsible for maintaining proof of successful completion of continuing education activities for at least two years from the renewal date for which they were claimed. Did you know? Design Arts Seminars keeps track of the courses you take with us and provides you with online access to your transcript saving you both time and money, especially in case of audit.
  • Audit: A random sample of registrants may be selected for an in-depth audit to verify compliance with continuing education requirements.
Source: Alabama Board for Registered Interior Designers

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Texas Interior Design, Architecture & Landscape Architecture Continuing Education Requirements

The Texas Board of Architectural Examiners requires Texas-registered interior designers, archtiects and landscape architects to complete 12  (twelve) hours of continuing education every year.
  • CE Requirement:  Twelve (12) CEPHs (Continuing Education Program Hours) annually (see "CE Cycle" below). All twelve (12) CEPHs must qualify as Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) credits. At least one (1) of the twelve hours must be related to barrier-free design () and at least one (1) must be related to sustainable or energy-efficient design ()
  • CE Cycle: Calendar year
  • Acceptable Coursework: The Texas Board does not pre-approve courses or providers of continuing education. Use your professional judgment to determine if an activity meets the Board's criteria as summarized in this post and - most importantly - as detailed on Board's website (see "Source" at the end of this post for weblink).
  • Reporting of Credits:  Providers CANNOT report continuing education credits earned to the Texas Board, neither can registrants (except in case of audit - see "audit" below).
  • Tracking of Credits: Members are responsible for maintaining proof of successful completion of continuing education activities for at least five years from date of completion. Did you know? Design Arts Seminars keeps track of the courses you take with us and provides you with online access to your transcript saving you both time and money, especially in case of audit.
  • Audit: A random sample of registrants will be audited. If audited (and only if audited), registrants will be asked to produce proof of compliance in the form of a CEPH log and corresponding certificate of continuing education or transcript showing courses completed.

Source: Texas Board of Architectural Examiners

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Florida Interior Design & Architecture Continuing Education Requirements

The Florida Board of Interior Design and Architecture requires licensees to meet mandatory continuing education requirements every two years.

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5 Steps to Attracting More Clients

As mentioned in an earlier tweet, I (and 400 others) attended a conference call with Nika Stewart and Sydni Craig-Hart. During the hour-long call, the two successful businesswomen outlined five steps design professionals should take to attract more clients.

Here we go (my favorite is under # 4 but you need to implement all 5 to reap the benefits of the synergy):

1) Discover Your True Value

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Continuing Education: What's The Point?

Let's face it; I rarely get to hear how wonderful continuing education is. I don't take it personally and I don't think anyone else at Design Arts Seminars does either. For the most part, it simply has nothing to do with the quality of the continuing education opportunities available. There are many quality programs available out there to fit any schedule and any budget (okay, there are also some very bad ones but you know what they are so they can easily be avoided). For one thing, I like to think that we offer quality continuing education programs in a variety of delivery formats for a reasonable fee. I am biased on that one but the evaluations our attendees turn in seem to prove me right but that's not the point. So what is the issue with continuing education? Why is it perceived as a costly, time-consuming inconvenience rather than as the opportunity it really is? 

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