CEU FAQs

1. What do all these acronyms mean?
2. When is the start and end of the current reporting cycle?
3. How do I obtain an IDCEC number?
4. I joined IDIBC in the middle of the three-year cycle. How many CEUs do I need?
5. Do I need to earn a certain number of CEUs per year?
6. What if I earn more CEUs than I need? Can they be carried over to the next reporting cycle?
7. What is an IDCEC-approved CEU?
8. What is a non-IDCEC-approved CEU?
9. What constitutes an HSW CEU?
10. How many hours are one CEU?
11. If a seminar or activity is 1.5 hours, is that counted as 1.5 CEUs?
12. Who logs my CEUs?
13. How do I prove that I attended a course or activity?
14. Can I take a university or college course and get CEUs?
15. How do I log a non-approved course that is over 8 hours?
16. How can I correct a mistake when I log my CEUs?
17. Can I get a CEU for attending the Buildex trade show itself?
18. If I volunteer at the IDIBC trade show booth or other IDIBC event, can I get a CEU?
19. Where can I find more information on the IDCEC?
20. Where can I find my IDCEC number?
21. How many CEUs can I get for taking the BCIT Building Code course?
1. What do all these acronyms mean?

CEU: Continuing education unit

HSW: Health, safety and welfare

IDCEC: Interior Design Continuing Education Council. The IDCEC administers IDIBC’s CEU tracking system on its website and reviews IDCEC-approved seminars to ensure quality and relevance.

2. When is the start and end of the current reporting cycle?

January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2021 (3-year cycle).

3. 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 the IDIBC.

5. Do I need to earn a certain number of CEUs per year?

No. CEU requirements are spread over a three-year period.

6. 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 extra IDCEC-approved CEUs and insufficient non-IDCEC-approved CEUs, you may count the former toward your total requirement.

7. What is an IDCEC-approved CEU?

It’s a CEU that has been reviewed and approved by the IDCEC.  For a list of IDCEC-approved courses, please go to the IDCEC Course Search webpage.

8. What is a non-IDCEC-approved CEU?

A seminar or activity that hasn’t been approved by the IDCEC is considered a non-IDCEC-approved CEU. Seminar subject matter must be generic and non-proprietary. Examples of activities include volunteering, attending the IDIBC AGM, etc.

For a complete list of non-IDCEC approved CEU activities, refer to this document.

 

9. What constitutes an HSW CEU?

The IDIBC will accept as health, safety and welfare (HSW) CEUs any courses designated as such by IDCEC. Also, the IDIBC 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 access, and energy compliance (HVAC, water, acoustics, electrical, etc.).

Additionally, courses designated as HSW by the following organizations will be accepted by IDIBC as such. Registrants must 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 the IDIBC if you think a provider should be added to this list.

Building code and accessibility courses and seminars may also count as HSW CEUs. These courses must have local relevance (e.g., 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, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (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.

10. How many hours are one CEU?

1 CEU = 1 hour. Some events may advertise the CEU as .1 CEU. This also equals 1 hour.

11. 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.

12. Who logs my CEUs?
a. Use the IDCEC online registry to self-report CEUs if you have attended:
  • an IDCEC-approved conference such as Buildex or IDS Vancouver. 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.
  • a non-IDCEC-approved conference such as the Home and Garden Show or conferences held by IFMA, IESNA, etc.
  • a non-IDCEC-approved course or activity
b. 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.

13. How do I prove that I attended a course or activity?

All self-reported education and activity must be submitted with proof of attendance to be accepted for credit. Examples of proof include a certificate of completion, conference card, transcript or letter from the organizer. The document must include your name, date of the activity, duration of activity, and content or duty performed. Upload the document when you log your CEU online.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. How can I correct a mistake when I log my CEUs?

On your dashboard on the IDCEC website, you have the opportunity to delete an entry.

17. Can I get a CEU for attending the Buildex trade show itself?

Yes. One non-approved CEU per day. Use activity code 510. This can be logged as a non-IDCEC-approved conference.

18. If I volunteer at the IDIBC trade show booth or other IDIBC event, can I get a CEU?

Yes. One non-IDCEC approved CEU per day. Use activity code 600.

19. Where can I find more information on the IDCEC?

For more information and FAQs on the IDCEC and its registry, please download the IDCEC FAQ for Learners.

20. 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 the IDCEC directly if you cannot find your account. Please contact us at info@idibc.org.

21. How many CEUs can I get for taking the BCIT Building Code course?

By passing a 36 hour building code course at BCIT, you earn 15 non-IDCEC approved CEUs, eight of which are HSW. Upload your transcript as proof of completion.

Reporting CEUs

Upon acceptance of membership to IDIBC, each Registered and Intern 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.

Note: do not register for a number online as you will be charged and then create a second identity for yourself in addition to what IDCEC has already created for you as a member of a professional association.

Supporting documents

For further information, please contact the Continuing Education Committee at ceu.chair@idibc.org.

For details about current IDC CEU events click here.

For details about current IDIBC CEU events visit our events calendar.

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