The Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) Launches First Phase of New Website
Toronto, ON – April 16, 2012 —The Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), along with its core funding members ASID (American Society for Interior Designers), IDC (Interior Designers of Canada) and IIDA (International Interior Design Association) are pleased to announce the first of a two-phase launch for its new, online centralized continuing education registration and reporting website. The new system supports each association’s efforts to provide quality, lifelong learning to more than 35,000 interior design professionals across North America.
Phase one of the launch enables professional learners to search through all IDCEC approved courses in one convenient location – a shift from the previous model where only the individual associations listed opportunities available within their area. Currently, IDCEC lists more than 1,400 courses in its calendar and once registered, users can search for offerings anywhere in North America. The levels and types of courses being offered are also now more easily identified.
“For the first time in the history of IDCEC learners will be able to search and report IDCEC and non-IDCEC credits using the new system and can obtain an official transcript for their records,” says IDCEC’s executive director, Brynell D’Mello about the Council’s new website.
Providers of continuing education will be the biggest beneficiaries of the phase one launch. IDCEC has streamlined the process by allowing providers to create an account and submit course materials for approval electronically. “Providers were sending us hard-copy submissions,” explains D’Mello. “This led to longer approval turn-around times – up to 10 weeks – and huge amounts of paper.” Approval times have been reduced to just three-to-four weeks and the new submission process is entirely green and paperless. In addition, providers can schedule their approved course anywhere in North America, report attendance and manage accounts quickly and easily through the system’s secured access.
The second phase of the website launch will come in June 2012 and will give learners access to a continuing education registry where they can fill out course reviews and obtain official transcripts for their professional development activities, allowing IDCEC to easily and accurately validate attendance and more easily track activity for compliance auditing purposes.
“Our mission now,” adds D’Mello, “is to train learners and providers alike to use the IDCEC online system as a valuable resource for searching available professional development opportunities and manage their record keeping associated with their learning.” IDCEC has webinar tutorials to help familiarize users with the new online applications. To access the new online system, visit idcec.org.
Established in 1983, the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) serves as the premier advocate for continuing education in the advancement of the interior design profession. IDCEC strives to inspire and guide providers of continuing education programs to deliver high-quality, lifelong learning activities for interior design practitioners. In 2011 IDCEC became an independent entity with the help of the core members, ASID, IDC and IIDA. For more information on IDCEC, visit www.idcec.org.
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. www.asid.org
IDC is the professional association for interior designers in Canada. IDC’s mandate is to advance the profession of interior design across Canada as well as internationally. It does so through advocacy with government and the public, and by providing continuing education opportunities and business practice support services to members. For more information on IDC, please visit idcanada.org.
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is a professional networking and educational association with more than 13,000 Members practicing worldwide in more than 50 countries. IIDA is committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in Interior Design and advancing Interior Design through knowledge, value and community. IIDA advocates for Interior Design excellence; nurtures a global Interior Design community; maintains high educational standards; and supports its Members and the Profession with visionary leadership. For more than 37 years, IIDA has helped reveal new Design talent through a variety of education initiatives and Interior Design/Architecture competitions honoring local talent, including the Interior Design Competition, Global Excellence Awards and Sustainable Leadership Awards. www.iida.org.