Understanding the value of continuing education and research has been the mainstay of IIDA since its inception. Educated practitioners make informed, safe, and creative decisions which affect us all. Educational programs serve as a creative outlet to promote awareness regarding pertinent issues within the practice of Interior Design.
IIDA MID AMERICA chapter is launching our 5th year of the Leading the Way mentorship program.
This one-to-one mentorship program is designed to highlight IIDA’s emphasis on career growth.
This program is geared for designers who are on their way to becoming the next generation of leaders within the design community.
Successful practicing design professionals in interior design and related fields have volunteered to serve as mentors and catalysts for enhancing professional development to selected mentees. Participation is limited a maximum of 12 interior designers who are actively employed within the field. Participants are selected on the basis of their written application and employer recommendations.
Once selected, a one-year commitment is required with a minimum of 6 interactions with their assigned mentor and participants must be involved in the quarterly events planned for the entire group.
IIDA CEU’s available online: http://www.iida.org/content.cfm/professional-development
IIDA Mid America CEU’s: refer to calendar of events
The IDCEC CE Registry is a benefit (free) for members of IIDA, ASID and IDC. Members should have received their IDCEC information directly from IDCEC. A Member mailing occurred in June of 2012. Those joining after this date would have received email notifications. If a Member does not have their IDCEC number they can search the IDCEC site using their first name, last name and/or association membership number. Search IDCEC Number Using their IIDA Member number is the best practice as there may be multiple person with the same name, i.e., John Smith. Passwords can be resent by the learner clicking on the “Forgotten Password” button at the main login page. Please note, an email with a temporary password will be sent to the email address listed in the IIDA Member database.
Only IDCEC approved courses and those approved by IIDA through the individual review process (NICA Form) will be used to determine Members’ compliance. View our Helpful Hints for reporting information.
If you have any questions or would like a step by step on how to navigate the IDCEC website, once you log in there is a link to instruction manual on the initial Dashboard page.
Missouri Coalition for Interior Design (MCID)
MCID is a “privately funded, self-sustaining, non-profit corporation dedicated to inform, educate, and provide ongoing advocacy on the behalf of the interior design professional as qualified by or through education, experience and examination to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.” From http://www.missouricoaltionforinteriordesign.org
The state of Missouri has what is called a “Title Act” (Kansas does not have any laws that recognize interior design as a regulated profession). It allows a designer to call themselves a “Registered Interior Designer” after an application process. MCID is the coalition that speaks on the behalf of interior designers that work in Missouri and provides support to lobbyists that represent our interests in Jefferson City. Interior design legislation allows qualified designers to be recognized as professionals who concern themselves with the health, safety and welfare of the public. This in turn helps consumers select the most appropriate professional for their projects.
NCIDQ Study Sessions
IIDA Mid America chapter hosts a series of study sessions to cover material on the NCIDQ exam twice a year. During the sessions we answer questions, provide additional resources and reading material and provide opportunities for hands-on demonstrations from the experts on many of the important topics covered in the exam. The sessions are located in Kansas City, however a video/phone conference is available for our Wichita City center to participate. The study sessions are free for IIDA members and $50 for non-members.
Some of the exciting hands-on demonstrations include an informational walk around a local flooring show room, samples of different stages of carpet production and an electrical engineer presenting how lighting can affect the space. New to the study sessions this spring is a previous code reviewer’s presentation on various aspects of the building code and barrier free design the participants will need to know for the exam. We have received positive feedback and the participants love the hands on applications.
IIDA NCIDQ Study Materials Library
IIDA Mid America Chapter has made a commitment to provide valuable resources to its members who are preparing to take the NCIDQ exam. In addition to hosting NCIDQ study sessions twice a year, an NCIDQ Study Materials Library has been set up to allow members to check out books and other study materials. Please use the links below to review the NCIDQ Study Materials Guidelines and download the Library List and Check-Out form.
You can contact Amy Ward, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
To view potential job openings please visit the link below for a full list of opportunities.
Being a member of IIDA has been a great experience both professionally and personally. The Mid America Chapter offers fantastic educational forums, exciting social networking events, and encourages involvement in the local design community beyond architecture and interior design. The current board members have so much passion for the interior design profession and they continue to outdo themselves every year. It really is an exciting time to be a member of IIDA!
Kim Crane, IIDA
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