CEU Filing Policy

Filing Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Effective January 1, 2015, IDS Professional members must earn a minimum of 0.4 (4 hours) approved continuing education units (CEU) each year. The current reporting period is from January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016.
IDS bylaws and policies require Professional members to meet the continuing education requirement. The IDS continuing education requirement is separate from any mandated continuing education requirement in your local jurisdiction. Check with your state regulatory board for requirements.
For more information, please contact us at education@interiordesignsociety.org or by phone at 336-884-4437 ext. 223.

The number of continuing education units required during your first membership reporting period varies, depending on when you joined IDS or when your membership status changed:

  • 6 - 12 months before the end of the reporting period = 0.4 (4 hours) CEUs required (Before May 31)
  • 0 - 6 months before the end of the reporting period = 0.2 (2 hours) CEUs required (June 1 to Dec. 31)

Filing CEUs
IDS members must utilize the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) registry to file CEUs. Each IDS member must create a free account through IDCEC. Once you have created your IDCEC account, you will receive a unique IDCEC number to login into the IDCEC website (your IDCEC number is different than your IDS member number). The IDCEC user registry allows you to upload and track your continuing education activity as well as store a record for you under your account. Check your IDCEC account regularly to ensure your records are up-to-date. At the end of each CEU cycle, you will be required to submit your IDCEC report to the IDS National office to verify that you have fulfilled your CEU requirement.

Special Circumstances 
IDS may grant an adjustment to the requirement for individuals experiencing poor health, certified by a physician; a specific physical or mental disability, certified by an appropriate health care professional; extended duty with the armed forces; or for extreme hardship, which, in the board’s judgment, makes it impossible for the member to comply. Requests for an adjustment to the continuing education requirement must be made at least two months (by October 30) prior to the end of the current reporting period.

At the end of a reporting period, members who have failed to meet the CEU requirements will be subject to a non-compliance fee ($10 per CEU). Any member who fails to comply with the continuing education requirement, including payment of the noncompliance fee, may be subject to devaluation of Professional membership.

Click here to create your free IDCEC account.

If you are experiencing difficulty creating your free IDCEC account, click here to watch a tutorial video.
Click here to watch a tutorial on how the use the CE Registry once you have created and logged in to your IDCEC account.