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Welcome to the world of acronyms. CEU, LU, CES,
NCIDQ, IDCEC, and that’s only the beginning! Here is a
short primer on what it all means to you.
CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit. It is a measure of credit. Professional organizations for interior
design and most state regulatory boards (including
Canada) that oversee licensing require a certain number of CEU credits over a specific time period. These
organizations and state boards may use NCIDQ
(National Council for Interior Design Qualification) as
verification of course completion. NCIDQ tracks the
courses and records the attendee’s participation.
AIA (The American Institute of Architects) uses LU’s or
Learning Units in the same way for architects maintaining their licensing requirements. AIA’s program for continuing education or professional development is called
CES (Continuing Education Systems).
approved through the AIA are registered CES Providers.
CEU programs are overseen and approved by IDCEC for
all of it’s sponsoring organizations; ASID, IIDA, NKBA,
IDC, and IDEC. NEWH is an associate member of IDCEC
and we attend their biannual meetings and participate in
policy discussions. IDCEC does not have reciprocity
with AIA. Therefore CES programs only count for CEU
credit if they have been reviewed and approved by
IDCEC. Check this out before you advertise.
Another item to check out before you advertise is any
state requirements for credit. Some states and AIA
have stringent requirements as to the subject matter of
the course. For example AIA requires a certain number
and some states require all credits be in the category
of Health Safety and Welfare. Individual designers and
architects are responsible for ensuring their own compliance for licensure but each NEWH chapter offering to
host a CEU can help by complying and advertising their
course correctly. Currently IDCEC is reviewing standard
designations that will help to easily identify courses
Options for CEU’s abound. Nearly every manufacturer
has a program already in place to offer a continuing
education course relative to their product or service.
NEWH challenges each chapter to go beyond what the
manufacturers have to offer. We encourage every chapter preparing to offer a CEU to make their program hospitality specific and relevant to our industry. The interest in the design community for topics such as lighting
by: Anita Degen, IIDA
NEWH CEU, Director
for hotels and resorts, specifying for senior living facilities, or developing restaurant concepts is enormous.
We have the access to the top manufacturers of hospitality products, the brightest designers in our business
and the sharpest hospitality executives. Capitalize on
our network and use your resources to offer something
unique that will set us apart from the many other venues for continuing education. Although a CEU must be
directed to the practice of interior design it’s relevance
to hospitality will expand the appeal of the program
beyond the design community and draw in a broader
Believe it or not offering a CEU through your chapter
can be easy and rewarding. Understanding the process
and the parameters is the key. Every NEWH Chapter
must meet a consistent level of quality, uphold our commitment to education and our commitment to the hospitality industry in all of their programming. We have
guidelines in place through the IDCEC (Interior Design
Continuing Education Council) which outline the standards for all continuing education programs.
If your chapter is interested in offering a CEU contact me
via email for a submission form. It will outline all of the
necessary information needed for approval of your program. If your program is being submitted for the first
time it should be submitted as a one-time use CEU.
Please allow three weeks for approval of your CEU program and remember, if your submission is incomplete it
may take longer. Your program must be approved before
you can advertise it. If you would like your program
approved for multi-use and it has been successfully
given as a one-time CEU, again contact me via email and
you will receive the full submission packet.
We hope this primer and the following FAQ’s are helpful
in simplifying CEU’s for you. We welcome all feedback
and ideas. Let us know about your experiences with
continuing education and help us build a strong program that will benefit both the design and hospitality
“CEU stands for Continuing Education
Unit. ...Professional organizations for
interior design and most state regulatory
boards (including Canada) that oversee
licensing require a certain number of CEU
credits over a specific time period.”
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NEWH - November 2003
NEWH - November 2003
Letter From the Editor
On the Road Again... IHM&RS Show
Tips on Specs... Guestroom Lighting
Spotlight on the UK
Spotlight on Greater New York
Random Thoughts... Designing Today’s Boutique
Boutique Chain – Is It an Oxymoron?
Developing Boutique Hotels in Historic Structures
Unique Boutiques... The Story of Watertown
Approaching the Design of a Boutique Hotel
What Sets a Boutique Apart from the Rest?
Small Business Advice
Industry Partner Education
Sources & Credits
NEWH - November 2003