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Chapter 50-11 REGISTERED INTERIOR DESIGNER CONTINUING EDUCATION

Rule 50-11-.01 Requirements

(1) Beginning with applications for renewal of certificates of registration which expire on March 31, 2009, a registered interior designer must have completed twelve (12) hours of acceptable continuing education during the two-year period immediately preceding each biennial renewal date as a condition for registration renewal. Of these, at least six (6) hours must be in Public Protection Subjects acquired in Structured Education Activities. The remaining units may be in Related Practice Subjects acquired in Structured Educational Activities or in Public Protection. Computerized courses are accepted from Approved Programs. Certificate subjects for public protection units must indicate the course qualification for health, safety, and welfare.
(2) An applicant for registration renewal who has been initially registered in Georgia as a registered interior designer for one year, but less than two, at the date of registration expiration must have completed six (6) hours of acceptable continuing education during the period between initial registration and the expiration date as a condition for registration renewal.
(3) An applicant for registration renewal who has been initially registered in Georgia as a registered interior designer for less than one year at the date of registration expiration will not be required to complete any hours of continuing education prior to that first registration expiration date as a condition for registration renewal.
(4) All applicants for biennial registration renewal will report having completed the continuing education required in this section as part of the application for registration renewal.
(5) Failure to comply with the provisions of this section will result in non-renewal of the registered interior designer certificate of registration. Registered interior designers whose certificates of registration have expired for non-renewal are prohibited from identifying themselves as registered interior designers.

Rule 50-11-.02 Record Maintenance and Verification

(1) Responsibility for documenting the fulfillment of the continuing education requirements provided for in this section rests with the registrant, and the registrant must retain for a period of four years the evidence to support fulfillment of the requirements. Such evidence shall include evidence of completion of each course or program, a description of the contents of each course or program, and verification of the number of hours of each course or program.
(2) The Board will verify on a test basis satisfactory completion of the requirements in this section. In doing so, the Board may require registrants to submit copies of the documentation described in paragraph (1) above to the Board and may require other information as it deems necessary to decide upon the acceptability of a course or program. In cases where the Board determines that the requirements have not been met, the Board may grant an additional period of time in which the deficiencies may be corrected.

Rule 50-11-.03 Exemptions

The Board may relax or suspend the requirements of continuing education for reasons of individual hardship or health of the registrant based on the registrant's written request and accompanying supporting documentation acceptable to the Board.

Rule 50-11-.04 Approved Programs

In order to be considered acceptable continuing education, the continuing education must be programs in the study of interior design or architecture which are approved or provided by any of the following:

(a) Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC)
(b) American Institute of Architects (AIA)
(c) National Council of Architect Registration Boards (NCARB)
(d) Educational institutions approved to meet the education requirements for registration provided for in Rule 50-10-.02