Results from the AIA commissioned “Continuing Education System (CES) Needs Assessment Study” conducted by Rockbridge Associates, Inc. are in. The survey, which was conducted with AIA Associate and Licensed Architect members, shows that members are looking for Intermediate courses on most topics. With that in mind, it is the perfect time to define what makes AIA/CES courses Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced level.
The level of the course is determined by the person designing the course. The determination is based on the amount of information and at what pace the information will be presented. If the course will present less information and move at a slower pace, usually it is a beginner course. However, if the course is moving at a faster pace with more information it is considered to be a higher level course. The Intermediate level will be mid-level.
Providers are now encouraged to add the appropriate course level in the keywords field when registering courses in CES Discovery. In addition, you can also add the course level as the last sentence in the course description field.
By using course levels, Providers can further assist AIA members in finding courses to meet their continuing education needs. Once a course level has been determined, Providers have indirectly selected their target audience. Adding course levels also makes a course more searchable in CES Discovery increasing the advertising that a Provider receives. By offering courses in a variety of levels, Providers widen the scope of attendants and reach members from all levels of the profession. All-in-all, whether new professionals or content experts, all AIA members need high quality continuing education. Ensuring your course is a quality course will keep members coming back for more!