Professional Development Cycle 2021-2023

Registered, Intern, and Educator members are required to complete 12 credits per Professional Development cycle.

4 credits must be Health and Safety and up to 8 credits may be General Education to comply with regulations mandated by ARIDO. If you joined ARIDO partway through the cycle, the requirements are pro-rated based on your membership effective date.

ARIDO members must complete 12 PD credits per cycle, 8 General education, and 4 health and safety.

Learning Topics

The topics listed below are grouped by ARIDO's mandated Professional Development program in General Education or Health & Safety. To determine if a course, seminar, or self-directed activity qualifies as Health & Safety or General Education compare it with the information below.

Health and Safety credits for ARIDO are topics related to the Building Code and the health and safety areas that impact the interior environment and the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

General Education (GE)



  • General design
  • Sector specific related design (e.g. healthcare, hospitality, retail, institutional, design for the aging population, etc)
  • Colour and lighting
  • Acoustics
  • Ergonomics
  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
  • Mechanical systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Building systems
  • Technology
  • Construction Drawing techniques
  • Design related software (e.g. AutoCAD, Revit, 3D rendering)

Business Management

  • Finance
  • Business operations
  • Human resources
  • Succession planning
  • How to sell your business
  • Risk management
  • Public relations
  • Marketing
  • Branding
  • Customer service/relationship management

Professional Practices

  • Budgeting/scheduling
  • Contract administration
  • Construction management
  • Construction law
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Procurement practices
  • Real estate
  • Facility management

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

  • Recognizing unconscious bias
  • Creating an equitable workplace
  • Reconciliation
  • Designing more accessible and inclusive spaces
  • Leadership development
  • Building a culture of inclusion

Health & Safety (HS)


Building Code Specific

  • Accessibility and Barrier-Free requirements
  • Building Code (provincial or national)
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Building Code Identification Number (BCIN)
  • Sustainability
  • WELL-Building Standards
  • Occupational Safety and Health administration
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point
  • Universal Design

Other Health and Safety

  • Any other education that covers health and safety areas that impact the interior environment and the health, safety and welfare of the public

IMPORTANT: Course providers offering Health & Safety education will not necessarily qualify for ARIDO’s Health & Safety requirement, e.g. ergonomics.

Eligible Activities

Eligible Activities - Click to view the complete list

Structured Learning - Completing a course or seminar, either in-person or distance learning, in one of the learning topics. Courses taken at a college or university that are not related to meeting the minimum education requirement will qualify. (1 hour of education = 1 CEU Unit)

All of the following credits may be claimed 1 credit claimed per year / Maximum of 2 credits per cycle:

Instructing / Teaching - Development of a course or seminar, either in-person or distance learning, on one of the learning topics.

Research - Conduct research or write a research paper on a topic related to one of the learning topics or a topic related to the profession.

Writing - Writing articles or books related to one of the learning topics or a topic related to the profession. (Including for BLOG//ARIDO)* Interns and Educator members may contact to submit content.

Presenting - Development of a presentation related to one of the learning topics or a topic related to the profession.

Volunteering - Committee and/or Board participation that furthers the profession of interior design or in the area related to one of the learning topics. This includes work as part of an ARIDO Standing Committee or for your local ARIDO Chapter.

Mentorship - Serving as a mentor, sharing sessions with new designers, co-op student training in-studio.

Mentee - Participate in a mentorship program where you are mentored by a Registered member. Hours cannot be applied toward the supervised work experience hours needed to become a registered member.

Reporting your Professional Development Credits

ARIDO recommends members report their credits to the ARIDO PD Dashboard via the Membership Gateway.

We have access to view your reported credits and we are able to assist you if needed. You have to option to report to the IDCEC. ARIDO no longer has access to view or assist with the IDCEC. If you report to the IDCEC and you are selected for an audit you will be required to complete a form detailing your credits and provide a copy of all your certificates.

IMPORTANT: An IDCEC transcript alone will not be accepted.

How to Report your Hours in the PD Dashboard

You must report your education activities via the ARIDO reporting system in the Membership Gateway or the IDCEC system.

For questions about the ARIDO reporting system or PD requirements, please contact Jose Tanabe, ARIDO Regulatory Coordinator.

What is the timeline for completion?

Members must complete 12 hours in total over two years. Only courses/seminars taken from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023, are valid to report as credits. Any courses/seminars taken before July 1, 2021, or after June 30, 2023, are not valid.

Carryover courses/credits are not allowed.

A certificate or proof of attendance/completion is required for every credit.

What no longer applies?

  • Work experience or internships to meet ARIDO membership requirements or to completed education programs. Studying/preparing for the NCIDQ exams.
  • Visits to tradeshows shows, self-guided tours, or showroom tours do not count as research. Shows like IDS, IDEX, etc.
  • Association membership

Other activities such as volunteering, mentoring, teaching, research, etc. have a limit of 2 credits per PD 2-year cycle and a document/proof is required to report the credit. See Eligible CEU activities above.

Where to find CEU credits?

CEU Listings - Latest Posts

ARIDO provides an opportunity to CEU providers to advertise their events and offerings to the ARIDO Membership via the CEU Listings. These listings are submitted by CEU providers and may be a scheduled event or a virtual offering. They are reviewed by ARIDO for content, and are available for 30 days after the post is published.

Continuing Education Resources

Ontario Summit and ARIDO AGM Recordings - 2023

The recordings of the Ontario Summit sessions, Member Townhall, and ARIDO AGM have now been added to ARIDOaccess to the Ontario Summit Session Recordings + CEU Reporting Page.

Women in Design and Construction (1 GE credit)

Ontario Black History (1 GE credit)

True Accessible Design: A Deep Dive (1 HS credit)

Request your proof for these recordings or the 2023 Ontario Summit on this page.

Ontario Summit and ARIDO AGM Recordings - 2022

Ontario Summit + ARIDO AGM

Find the recordings of the Ontario Summit 2022 sessions, Member Townhall, and ARIDO AGM on this page Ontario Summit Session Recordings + CEU Reporting.

Increasing Diversity within Post-Secondary Design Schools (1 GE credit)

Unconscious and Implicit Biases in Design (Diversity in Design) (1 GE credit)

Tokenism vs Diversity vs Representation in the Workplace (1 GE credit)

Accessibility in Design: Understanding the Legal Risks (1 HS credit)

Request your proof for these recordings or the 2022 Ontario Summit on this page.


The Power of Colour Sessions

The Power of Colour Being Black in Design Panel Discussion
The Power of Colour Being Black in Design Panel Discussion

Members can watch the two Power of Colour Sessions on the Equity, Diversity, Advancement and Accessibility Resources page.

Other CEUs

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AEC Daily Online learning centre - source of free continuing education courses for designers, architects, and engineers

The Building Code Tutor The Building Code Tutor is a web-based instructional program developed by Muniak Enterprises Inc. that provides practical and interactive training in the fire and life safety requirements of Part 3 of the Building Codes used across Canada.
[note: ARIDO members get a 15% discount using the code IDCBCT]

GreenCE Sustainable Design Continuing Education - Affiliate of Ron Blank & Associates, Inc.

Interiors & Sources Source of free continuing education
[note: registration required to view available CEU articles]

Wallcoverings Association Non-profit trade association offers continuing education via in-person and distance-learning format