As part of our commitment to lifelong learning and the professionalism of our members, the IDIBC has offered a continuing education program for more than a decade.

In 2002, IDIBC introduced a mandatory continuing education program for all registered members. This was an important step in our developement as a regulatory body for professional interior designers in addition to our ongoing pursuit of a practice act in the province of BC. Many professions, including medicine, law, and architecture have mandatory programs.

UPDATE Nov. 2018:
A correction was made to the number of required HSW CEUs on the prorated chart for new members joining mid-cycle. Click here to see revised chart.

The 2016-2018 CEU cycle ends on Dec. 31, 2018. For a refresher on logging CEUs, click here.

BC members have just passed the halfway point in the 2016-2018 CEU cycle. However a recently completed review shows that 2/3 of the membership have not logged even half of their required CEUs.

IDIBC is looking for an RID who to volunteer as Chair for the CEU Audit committee. The committee will become active in Fall 2018. Contact (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for further info.

The Policies and Procedures Committee has developed the IDIBC Policy & Procedure Bulletin: CEU Reporting Requirements & Penalties. This document contains information on the following;

  1. Obtaining an IDCEC Identification Number
  2. Maintenance of Membership Status
  3. Reporting
  4. Compliance
  5. Additional Information


In the spring of 2012 IDIBC along with the seven other provincial member associations of IDC (Interior Designers of Canada) adopted a harmonized CEU model for professional development. This strengthens the profession nationally by ensuring all interior design professionals across Canada receive the same number and quantity of continuing education and professional development credits on an annual basis. In addition, it enables all members who are required to report their learning to IDIBC access to the new IDCEC (Interior Design Continuing Education Council) online CEU tracking system. By using common language and hourly systems, the new IDCEC system becomes much more universal and easier for both the member and the provincial administrator or registrar. CEU requirements for each 3 year reporting cycle are comprised of both IDCEC and non-IDCEC courses.

Effective January 1st, 2013 the following professional development requirements apply to all Provisional and Register Professional members of IDIBC:

Registered Professional Members (per three year reporting cycle January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018)*:
Minimum of 30 CEUs. Of those, a minimum of 15 must be IDCEC approved CEUs and a maximum of 15 can be non-IDCEC approved CEUs. Eight must be Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) CEUs: they can be either IDCEC or non-IDCEC approved.

Intern Members (per three year reporting cycle January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018)*:
Minimum of 20 CEUs. Of those, a minimum of 5 must be IDCEC approved CEUs and a maximum of 15 can be non-IDCEC approved CEUs. Five must be Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) CEUs: they can be either IDCEC or non-IDCEC approved.

Upon acceptance of membership to IDIBC, each Provisional and Registered member will automatically be enrolled in the IDCEC database and receive by mail a personal IDCEC identification number. This number provides access to the IDCEC online recording system.


* prorated according to membership admission year.

Click here for 2016 – 2018 CEU requirement chart including prorated information for members joining mid-cycle.

Click here for Non-IDCEC CEU Activity Chart – cycle 2, 2016 – 2018.

Click here for 2019-2021 CEU requirement chart including prorated information for members joining mid-cycle, and inactive members returning to active membership.

Click here for Non-IDCEC CEU Activity Chart - cycle 3, 2019-2021.

For further information, please contact the IDIBC CEU committee at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


For details about current CEU events click here.


What do all these acronyms mean?
CEU: Continuing Education Unit
HSW: Health Safety Welfare
IDCEC: Interior Design Continuing Education Council. IDCEC administers IDIBC’s CEU tracking system on their website and they review IDCEC approved seminars to ensure quality and relevance.

When is start/end of the current reporting cycle?
January 1st, 2016 to December 31st, 2018 (3 year cycle)

How do I obtain an IDCEC number?
If you are an IDIBC member you should have received your IDCEC card in the mail. If you haven’t received your number, please contact IDIBC. Refer to the “contact us” tab.

I joined IDIBC in the middle of the three year cycle. How many CEUs do I need?
You need a prorated number of IDCEC approved CEUs, and non-approved CEUs. Click here for CEU requirement chart including prorated information for members joining mid-cycle.

Do I need to earn a certain number of CEUs per year?
No. CEU requirements are spread over a three year period.

What if I earn more CEUs than I need? Can they be carried over to the next reporting cycle?
CEUs cannot be carried over into the next reporting cycle. However, if at the end of the cycle you have excessive IDCEC-approved CEUs, and insufficient non-IDCEC-approved CEUs, you may can count these towards your total requirement.

What is an IDCEC-approved CEU?
It’s a CEU that has been reviewed and approved by IDCEC. For a list of IDCEC approved courses, please see IDCEC Course Search

What is a non-IDCEC-approved CEU?
A seminar or activity that hasn’t been approved by IDCEC is considered a non IDCEC approved CEU. Seminar subject matter must be generic and non-proprietary. Examples of activities include volunteering, attending IDIBC AGM, etc. For a complete list of activities and how to log them, please refer to IDCEC website (requires member login).

What constitutes an HSW CEU?
IDIBC will accept as health safety and welfare (HSW) CEUs any courses that have been designated as such by IDCEC. Also, we will accept those courses where a minimum of 75% of the CEU content covers knowledge and practice of interior design that is focused on protection of the public and the environment. The subject of these CEUs can include, but is not limited to, codes, fire and life safety systems, sustainability, barrier free, energy compliance (HVAC, water, acoustics, electrical, etc.).

Additionally, courses designated as HSW by the following organizations will be accepted by IDIBC as such. Registrants shall obtain certificates of completion with verifiable course information as proof of participation. Self-directed learning does not qualify for HSW CEUs at this time. Please notify IDIBC if you think a provider should be added to this list.

AIA – American Institute of Architects
ASID – American Society of Interior Designers
CaGBC – Canada Green Building Council
CSI – Construction Specifications Institute
GBCI – Green Building Certification Institute
GBRI – Green building Research Institute
IDEC – Interior Design Educators Council
IESNA - Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
IALD – International Association of Lighting Designers
IIDA – International Interior Design Association
NCIDQ – National Council for Interior Design Qualification
NKBA – National Kitchen and Bath Association
USGBC – US Green Building Council

Building code and accessibility courses and seminars may also count as HSW CEUs. These courses must have local relevance, i.e. Vancouver Building By-Law, BC Building Code, National Building Code, Canadian Electrical Code, National Plumbing Code, National Fire Code, etc. Similarly, energy compliance courses offered by organizations such as BC Hydro, ASHRAE and the National Research Council of Canada may be considered as HSW CEUs. Please review the definition stated above and contact us if you require further clarification.

How many hours are one CEU?
1 CEU = 1 hour. Some events may advertise the CEU as .1 CEU. This also equals 1 hour.

If a seminar or activity is 1.5 hours, is that counted as 1.5 CEUs?
Some specific IDCEC approved CEUs will be counted as 1.5 CEUs. Otherwise,CEUs are only counted in full increments.

Who logs my CEUs?

  1. Use the IDCEC online registry to self-report if you have attended:
    • IDCEC-approved conference such as Buildex or IDS West. Note: IDCEC events that offer a variety of optional CEUs are also considered conferences, such as the Phillips Get Enlightened Lighting series held in Vancouver in 2014.
    • Non-IDCEC-approved conference such as Home and Garden Show or conferences held by IFMA, IESNA, etc.
    • Non-IDCEC-approved course or activity.
  2. IDCEC-approved-courses should be reported by the presenter. Do not self-report attendance for an IDCEC course if you have provided your IDCEC number to the presenter of the course. Providers will report attendance within 5-7 business days. If you have not received attendance within 7 business days please contact the provider of the course. If they don’t report your attendance you may have to self-report.

How do I prove that I attended a course or activity?
All self-reported education and activity must be submitted with proof of attendance in order to be accepted for credit, such as a certificate of completion, conference card, transcript or letter from organizer. Document must include your name, date of activity, duration, and content or duty performed.  Upload the document when you register your CEU online.

Can I take a university or college course and get CEUs?
Yes, if the course subject matter is related to interior design. Examples of relevant topics would be marketing, business practices, computer skills, building systems, building code, graphic design, etc. The CEUs would be logged as non-IDCEC-approved.

How do I log a non-approved course that is over 8 hours?
The online registry only allows you to log 8 CEUs per activity, so if your course is longer than 8 hours, break it into sections of up to 8 hours each, and log them separately.

Can I log my LEED CEUs for IDCEC too?
Yes, GBCI CEUs can be counted as non-approved CEUs.

How can I correct a mistake when I log my CEUs?
On your ‘dashboard’ on IDCEC website, you have the opportunity to delete an entry.

Can I get a CEU for attending the Buildex tradeshow itself?
Yes. One non approved CEU per day. Use activity code 510. These can be logged as an IDCEC-approved conference.

I volunteered at the tradeshow. Can I get a CEU?
Yes. One non approved CEU per day. Use activity code 600.

Where can I find more information on IDCEC?
For more information and FAQ on IDCEC and their registry, please go to: IDCEC FAQ for Learners (pdf)

Where can I find my IDCEC number?
If you are an IDIBC member and have been issued an IDCEC number but can’t remember what it is, you can search for it here. Do not create an account with IDCEC directly if you cannot find your account. Please contact us at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).