It’s hard to believe that “back to school” time is here! Even though it seems like the academic year just ended, students, teachers and parents are preparing for yet another year of learning experiences with excitement and anticipation … and maybe a bit of sadness that the end of summer is near.
Experience tells us that education is truly a life-long process — and the interior design profession is no different. As our work continues to evolve and interior environments become more complex, it is critical that we remain engaged in educational endeavors. Our ability to execute creative, effective and human-centric design solutions is built upon a foundation of learning that evolves over time. The culmination of knowledge, technology and information-sharing required in today’s world of practice demands a 24/7 approach to learning.
Leading through demonstrated knowledge is one way to advance the profession. As the core of the design network, ASID believes in educating our members. To encourage a life-long learning philosophy, the ASID Board of Directors voted this past spring to increase the CEU requirement from 0.6 to 1.0 CEUs, over a two-year reporting period beginning in January 2014. For 2013, ASID members are required to obtain and register 0.6 CEUs by Dec. 31, 2013, in order to maintain ASID membership status. The process of reporting is facilitated through the IDCEC Registry, ensuring a seamless integration of courses taken and conferences attended that fulfill the CEU requirement. In addition to the courses listed, others may be eligible for credit as well. For more information on the CEU requirement and how easy it is to earn and record credits, click here.
Continuing education is the perfect opportunity to focus on sharpening a skill, acquiring technical knowledge or developing expertise in an area of design that interests you — and serves your professional growth! What do you need to build or expand your business today and into the future? It might be the ASID Business Strategies series, the REGREEN workshop or a class on how to use social media. Whatever your needs, ASID supports them through a variety of educational initiatives to advance the profession. I encourage you to take a big bite out of the “fruit of knowledge” and be the CORE of the design network!
Barbara S. Marini, FASID, IDEC
ASID National President