Professional Development is a crucial component of Membership

Professional Development is a crucial component of Membership

As of June 1st, 2021, the Association has moved into a new Professional Development cycle which runs until June 30th, 2023.

Professional Development is an important component of our work collectively as a registered profession and individually as members of ARIDO. Like members of many other professions, such as architects, lawyers, and doctors, interior designers have an ongoing commitment in the public interest to keep our knowledge and expertise up to date with the current standards and practises in the field. This continuous growth and development in our professional body of knowledge is one of the most critical distinctions that sets ARIDO members apart from unqualified individuals who are not held to any professional standard and have no requirements for professional development whatsoever.

ARIDO provides many opportunities to complete structured learning CEUs during the Ontario Summit and ARIDO AGM, as well as the CEU listings via ARIDO Access, and at local ARIDO Chapter events.

The ARIDO AGM taking place March 29, 30, 31 will offer several opportunities to complete up to 9 PD credits, 2 of which are HS. You are encouraged to attend or review the sessions after the event.
This new cycle also introduces the recognition of equity, diversity, and inclusion as General Education learning topics available to members, in accordance with our Equity, Diversity, Advancement, and Accessibility Strategic Pillar. By intentionally continuing the dialogue through these recognized General Education topics, we are able to focus on building an association that advances equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion in the interior design profession and in our communities through the work that we complete.

As we continue this journey together, we welcome our members to join in the dialogue and participate in the many opportunities to develop our individual and collective understanding of these important issues. ARIDO will recognize a wide array of topic areas such as recognizing unconscious bias, creating an equitable workplace, reconciliation, designing more accessible and inclusive spaces, leadership development, and building a culture of inclusion, as examples. You will also see new programming in this area of education from ARIDO throughout 2022.

I encourage you to view your professional development credits as an extension of your ongoing professional practice and use the opportunity to deepen your understanding of a niche or developing component of the field that is important to you and/or your practice. You are also strongly encouraged to complete and report your professional development throughout the cycle to prevent missing out on great learning and growth opportunities and to avoid rushing at the eleventh hour for credits. 

Each of us has chosen this profession because of our passion for designing spaces with the end-user in mind. Our field is constantly developing and there are always new insights to learn from other professionals and to better serve those individuals who use the spaces we design.

The Professional Development page in ARIDOaccess provides all the information you need about completing credits, learning topics, and resources where you can find credits to complete PD in subjects which interest you.

Throughout this cycle, Jose Tanabe (jtanabe@arido.ca), Regulatory Coordinator is available to answer your questions about completing and reporting Professional Development, and ARIDO has also produced a short video that explains how to report. 

Sincerely, Nadia Kuhni

ARIDO President 2021/22

ARIDO PD Cycle Ending: What you need to know

ARIDO Professional Development Cycle Ending June 30, 2021

A reminder to all Registered, Educator, and Intern Members that the Professional Development Cycle is ending June 30, 2021. In order to support members with compliance, ARIDO has compiled the following information on the PD program.

Required Hours/Credits

Members are required to complete 12 credits in total, of which, at least 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.)

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How to Report

IMPORTANT: You have the option to report your credits to the ARIDO Dashboard OR to the IDCEC system, reporting to BOTH is not required. Your options are:

  • ARIDO PD Dashboard – we recommend reporting your credits to the ARIDO PD Dashboard in the Membership Gateway. The PD Dashboard tracks what you have reported and indicates which credits are outstanding. It was created to provide a straightforward to report PD credits. Reporting is simple and should only take a few minutes. If you are audited at the end of the cycle, ARIDO has access to view your reported credits and can help if required.

OR

IDCEC system – to report to the IDCEC, you must be a member of IDC. ARIDO has not had access to the IDCEC reporting system to view/edit reported credits since 2018. ARIDO does not require you to be an IDC member, if you choose to report to the IDCEC and you are audited, you will be required to send ARIDO a copy of your transcripts AND a copy of all your certificates/attachments.

Types of PD

Please consult the ARIDO PD Guide for the acceptance criteria for each category. Keep in mind 1 hour = 1 credit and activities such as mentorship, research, writing, and volunteering are all eligible. Structured learning is just one type of activity that is possible to complete.

  • Structured Learning
  • Instruction/Teaching
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Presenting
  • Volunteering
  • Mentorship as a Mentor or Mentee

Need Additional Credits?

Professional, business, technological, management, and other personal development courses that directly relate to your genre of interior design practice are accepted regardless of accreditation or providers. Follow the acceptance criteria on page 2 of the PD guide. Do not follow the criteria from the course/seminar providers.

What no longer qualifies? Association membership, attending trade-shows, self-guided tours. ARIDO no longer requires IDCEC approved courses.

ARIDO has several resources for members to complete CEUs. Make sure to check they meet the acceptance criteria on page 2 of the ARIDO PD Guide.

Compliance Audit

In June, ARIDO will audit a random percentage of members at the end of the 2019-2021 PD cycle. We will notify selected members. We can review the credits and attachments of members who have reported their Professional Development to the ARIDO PD Dashboard.

If you have reported your credits to IDCEC, you will need to provide the transcript AND copies of certificates or proof. The certificates are required as proof of completion/attendance. Audited members who are not in compliance may be subjected to termination of their membership due to non-compliance.

If you have any questions about the PD program, please contact compliance@arido.ca.