Most states have a requirement for continuing education units (or CEUs). The AIA requires 18 hours per year to maintain membership in good standing. I’ve found that there are a lot of “free” CEUs available that I typically find via e-mails or vendor-sponsored events. Sometimes I’ll have a question on a particular product I’m researching for a project; a lot of national manufacturers have programs they can offer which comply with AIA rules for CEUs.
I’m especially happy with the CEU programs offered by my O/E insurance carrier XL Insurance (http://www.xldp.com/ins_edu.html). First, I like that the learning sessions have real meat in them, with very useful information on how I can run my practice and projects better. Second I have found a very good “return on investment” for my time spent and the things I have learned. Third, I really like getting the premium discounts when I complete a module.
How and where do you get your CEUs? Do you find “free” ones? Do you attend local lunch/learn events? Do you purchase monographs from NCARB? Do you read articles in trade publications, take their test, and fax in for your grade and credit (for a fee of course)? What or where are the other sources of education?
—Lisa Stacholy, AIA