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What is the Current Compliance Period?

The current compliance period for Professional and Associate Members is January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017.

Does the Current Period Apply to Me?

The current compliance period applies if you became either a *Professional or *Associate Member prior to January 1, 2016. This allows you a full two years to complete the 1.0 CEU requirement. If you became a Professional or Associate Member after January 1, 2016, your first compliance period will begin January 1, 2018.

*All Professional and Associate Members (active and inactive) including Educators, IIDA Fellows and Chapter Officers, must adhere to IIDA compliance requirements.

What is a CEU?

A CEU, a continuing education unit, is a measurement of contact hours and credit assigned to an approved course. CEUs are awarded based on full-hour increments only. Thus, contact hours are rounded to the lowest full-hour number. For example, if instruction time is 6 ½ hours, the course will receive 6 contact hours, or 0.6 CEU. One contact hour of learning activity equates to 0.1 CEU. Example: One contact hour equals 0.1 CEU, 10 hours equal 1.0 CEU.

Are IIDA Compliance Requirements and State Licensing Requirements the Same?

No. IIDA’s compliance requirements are independent from individual state licensing continuing education requirements. Some, but not all, courses may qualify for both IIDA and your state continuing education requirements. Please check with your state board of licensing to verify continuing education policies and procedures.

What If the Class is Not IDCEC Approved?

If you have attended a course which was not IDCEC approved and wish to apply it towards your IIDA compliance, you may submit it for review using an NICA Submission form or NICA Conference Submission form. Information on how to complete these forms can be found on the NICA Instruction form.

The NICA forms are a unique member benefit that allows you to obtain CEU credit towards your IIDA compliance. Remember that a course approved through the NICA process may not qualify for state licensing requirements. Check with the local certification or licensing boards to ensure state or jurisdictional accreditation because there may be a separate submission process at the state level for course accreditation.

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. Learning 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.

Other Important Facts!

  • CEUs are not transferable between compliance periods. Any additional credits, above and beyond the required 1.0 CEU and/or accumulated before January 1, 2016, cannot be credited to the current compliance period.
  • The attendance date for a course is used as your completed date. 
  • Keep a copy of all CEU records including Certificates of Attendance/Completion. According to IIDA policy, Members may be requested to submit proof of course completion to IIDA Headquarters.