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Frequently Asked Questions


Does the CEU requirement apply to me?

Every practitioner member of ASID must participate in continuing education. This includes every active ASID member in the Allied, Professional, and Associate membership categories. Note that members in the following categories are not required to fulfill the continuing education requirement: Professional Inactive, Professional Life member, Professional Retired, Allied Retired, Industry Partner, and Student member.


Why is continuing education important?

Enacted by the ASID Board of Directors in April 2007, the Society requires practitioner members (Professional, Allied, and Associate members) to engage in regular, ongoing continuing education. This member requirement is based on a belief that professional development strengthens the interior design profession and the Society by improving individual member attitudes, competencies, knowledge, and skills in subject areas essential to the growth and success of the industry.


What if there are special circumstances that prevent me from earning my CEUs?

ASID may grant an adjustment to the requirement for 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 no less than three months (by September 30) before the end of the current reporting period. Please contact ASID by email at education@asid.org or by phone at 202-675-2341.


How much continuing education must I take?

The current policy requires successful completion of at least 1.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), equal to 10 contact hours of approved continuing education coursework, during each two-year reporting period.


May I rollover continuing education hours into the next reporting period?

Members may not “bank” CEUs from one reporting period to the next. You may only count those hours taken during the specified two-year reporting period. For the current reporting period, only CEUs earned between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017 will fulfill the requirement.


I just joined ASID as a Professional, Allied, or Associate member and am in my first reporting period. Do I immediately need to begin taking continuing education?

Yes; however, the number of CEUs required during your first reporting period will vary, depending on the time of year your membership status changed.

  • 18 - 24 Months before the end of the reporting period = 1.0 CEUs required  (Earlier than May 31, 2016)
  • 7 - 17 Months before the end of the reporting period = 0.5 CEUs required  (June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017)
  • 0 - 6 Months before the end of the reporting period = No CEUs required (June 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017)

Join Date

 

CEUs Required

 

Members Required

 

May 31, 2016 or Before

 

1.0 (10 Hours) CEUs

 

Professional, Allied, Associate

 

June 1, 2016-May 31, 2017

 

0.5 (5 Hours) CEUs

 

Professional, Allied, Associate

 

June 1, 2017-December 31,2017

 

None

 

Professional, Allied, Associate

 

Who are approved CEU providers?

ASID will recognize continuing education coursework (courses, workshops, distance learning programs, telecourses, conferences, seminars, etc.) as successfully fulfilling your CEU requirements only if the coursework is “approved” by one of the following entities:

  • IDCEC Approval System
  • State Regulatory Board 
  • Approved Industry Relevant Organizations (e.g. AIA, GBCI, NKBA, and IFMA)
  • Colleges, universities, and other degree-granting institutions offering degrees (e.g., B.S., M.S., Ph.D.) and credit-bearing certificate and diploma programs in interior design that are accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA, formerly FIDER).  Courses taken for college credit towards a degree program do not count as CEU credit.

Is there any limitation on the subject matter of the courses I take?

No. ASID does not impose any CEU mandates for health, safety and welfare coursework at this time. We encourage you to select coursework that supports your own professional development plan and advances your professionalism as an interior designer.


What records will I have to keep?

ASID members are to utilize the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) registry to warehouse CEUs. Every ASID member has a unique IDCEC number to login into the website (your IDCEC number is different than your ASID 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. It is recommended that ASID practitioner members maintain personal files documenting successful completion of continuing education coursework. The documentation/file for each course or program should be kept for four years from the date of course completion. If you are selected for an audit, ASID will request verification of attendance or the completion certificate for all coursework.


Do I have to submit my records for each continuing education course to ASID?

No. CEU compliance is a required condition of membership. Paying your dues indicates that you agree to remain in compliance. ASID receives regular reports from IDCEC indicating how many CEUs each member has attained. If the report indicates you have not fulfilled your CEU requirement, you will be subject to an audit, in which case more detailed records will be requested. The IDCEC website allows you to upload your certificate of completion immediately after you successfully complete your CEU, and will store this record for you under your account.


What will I have to provide if there is an audit of my continuing education records?

If you are selected for an audit, you must present ASID with a copy of the certificate of completion or a letter of verification that was issued by the sponsor of each continuing education course completed during the reporting period being audited. Please note that a summary report of your continuing education activities provided by NCIDQ or your state’s regulatory board is also acceptable. The new features of the IDCEC website allow you to upload your certificate of completion immediately after you complete your CEU, and will store this record for you under your account.


What if a course I’ve taken was not IDCEC approved (other than those accepted by ASID) and I want to use it to fulfill my requirement?

If the course is not IDCEC approved (other than those accepted by ASID), you may submit the course for evaluation using the Self Reporting Submission Form, and ASID will review the course to see if it can count towards the requirement. If the course is approved, you will receive confirmation in approximately 20 business days of receipt. If the course is not approved, you will also be notified. This approval is based on the information received and reviewed and is valid towards your ASID education membership requirement. All such decisions are final.

Please note, ASID accepts all courses approved by AIA, GBCI, IFMA and NKBA. Certificates of completion for these courses may be added directly to your IDCEC registry.


What if I fail to complete the required number of continuing education hours or CEUs by the end of the reporting period?

ASID, at its discretion, may issue you a conditional extension (probationary period) during which you will be required to remedy the continuing education deficiency. If the requirement remains unmet during the next reporting period, your membership in ASID will be subject to suspension in accordance with the requirements of the ASID Bylaws.


Where can I find Continuing Education events in my area?

ASID members can access and attend continuing education opportunities through a number of resources, including but not limited to the ASID Academy, ASID Chapters, IDCEC and ASID events ASID industry partner members.


What are the different Industry Partner membership categories?

In order to accommodate how a company goes to market and what the desired level of engagement is with the ASID network of chapters, there are 4 different types of IP memberships:  Local, Regional, National and International.  The primary difference between these categories is the number of chapter membership positons their membership provides:  Local comes with 1, Regional with 2 and National with 49. International IP membership provides 2 membership positions and is only for non-US based companies for whom the local chapter experience is not applicable.


How do I apply for membership?

You can apply by downloading a membership application or by applying online here at asid.org! Have questions?  Please call the ASID Customer Service Department at (202) 675-4456.


Who should I list as the main representative of the company?

The main representative of the company can be anyone from the general manager of the company to the president. The main representative is responsible for the company's membership dues and has administrative rights on the account for any additions or changes made to that membership roster.


When do I send membership dues?

Membership dues should accompany your application for the first 12 months of membership.  Dues are renewed on the annual anniversary of your join date, after your 12 months have passed you will receive an invoice for the next year.


What are additional representatives?

Additional representatives are members added to a company's existing membership category.  Note: Local Industry Partner members may only have one representative on their membership.


How much does it cost to add an additional representative?

The annual membership fee for an additional representative is $175 per person.


Where do I send the application for processing?

All completed applications and checks for membership should come directly to ASID headquarters and NOT to the chapter offices. You can fax your application with credit card payment to (202) 546-3240 or mail applications with payment to

    ASID
    Attention: Customer Service
    1152 15th St. NW, Suite 910
    Washington, DC 20005


How long does it take to process an application?

It takes from two to three weeks to process the application once it is received at ASID headquarters.


How long does it take to receive my new member kit?

It takes about two weeks after the approval date to receive your new member kit.


Once I am a member, how do I get involved with my local Chapter?

Your chapter will contact you shortly after you receive your new member kit. However, please do not hesitate to initiate the contact as soon as you receive notification of membership acceptance. Contact information for all ASID chapters is available on the chapter locator page.


Do you sell your mailing or email list?

For our members’ privacy, ASID does not share or sell our members’ contact information. Please note that our local chapters may allow you to purchase usage of their local chapter members’ email and/or postal mailing list. Allowing outreach to local chapter members is at the discretion of the local chapter, and pricing and policies may vary. Please note that if a local chapter does sell usage of their email list, the email will be facilitated through your local chapter. If the local chapter allows usage of their postal mailing list, that mailing will be facilitated through the Society’s preferred mail house. If you’re interested in connecting with your local chapter on their pricing and policies, please visit our Chapter Locator for contact information for all of our 47 chapters.

National Industry Partners (NIPs) may work with ASID National to purchase rental of the full ASID member email or postal list. Facilitation of those emails will be conducted by ASID and facilitation of postal mailings will be conducted by the Society’s preferred 3rd party mail house or the NIPs. Please note that National Industry Partnership comes with one free rental of the full ASID postal mailing list; additional postal mailing uses are $2.5k per rental, and email blasts are $5K per rental. A maximum of one email and four postal mailings may be sent per year per partner a la carte, access to additional usage is only available through bundled sponsorship packages. If you have any additional questions on pricing or policy specific to National Industry Partners, please contact us at industrypartners@asid.org.


What is the difference between membership and sponsorship?

Membership is paid with annual dues and allows Industry Partners to take part in the chapter experience. IPs can connect representatives to our network of 47 chapters, and as members, can attend local chapter meetings, participate in various chapter leadership opportunities, and get involved with volunteer activities. Membership also includes access to the latest ASID research and an annual subscription to ASID ICON.

Sponsorship, offers an optional opportunity to increase visibility through additional marketing, branding, special access, or deeper engagement with an audience, and is typically offered at a fee in addition to annual membership dues. Sponsorship is often used to underwrite programs and events, but can also include other brand awareness, messaging, and promotional activities. Sponsorship opportunities are available on both the local and national level. Locally, the chapter can set their own guidelines and offer advertising and outreach opportunities that are specific to each chapter website and market. To augment local sponsorship, ASID headquarters also offers the ability to align exposure, in-person contact, marketing activities, and touches with the ASID design community via sponsorship of our various national platforms and events. If you have any questions, please reach out to industrypartners@asid.org.


How can I add/delete representatives on my membership roster?

The designated Main Rep has administrative rights to make changes to an account.  Login to your ASID Account by visiting ASID.org and clicking "log-in" in the upper right hand corner. Hover over "My Account" in the upper right hand corner, hover over "Admin" and a drop down menu, near the bottom of that menu select "Maintain my Company and Related Rep Profile". You'll be directed to a new page where you'll see your company name, company description, products and services offered etc. Below that you'll find the link to add an additional representative or amend existing representatives. If you would like to add a representative, click the link and follow the prompts to complete the addition.   If you have any representatives on your roster that are no longer with your company you may delete them using the "Delete" button. If you have an existing representative for whom you'd like to change contact information you may do so by clicking on their name (will be in blue, followed by their ID#). If you'd like to update an existing representative’s chapter affiliation you will see a link to update that as well. 


How do I get my CEUs considered for ASID Chapter programming?

Contact the local chapters where you have member representation to inquire about their calendar openings and process. Each chapter operates autonomously and can advise of their opportunities.


How do I get my CEUs considered for ASID National programming?

ASID seeks to identify new and unique presentations for programming at national conferences and industry events via an RFQ process. Tha call for proposals is coming soon. All completed submissions will be peer reviewed by ASID and volunteers for content, quality and applicability to target audiences. If you have any questions on the RFP or review process, please contact ASID at education@asid.org.