June 5 - June 11, 2016

What’s your attitude toward continuing education requirements?

Answers Votes
They are a good idea, but the current system needs work. 43%
They are worthwhile; I actively participate to learn new skills. 27%
They are a waste; I attend because I need the box checked. 24%
They don’t apply to me. 6%

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Comment from Jesse Melton, (6/6/2016, 7:50 AM)

CE programs are for the benefit of the accreditation organizations and program providers. If you've never explored the IACET website it's worthwhile as it provides a great window into what CE is really all about. It isn't about end user education, that's for sure. Underneath the hood of the clunky machine built by lobbyists there is very little substance. If the instructors have actually worked in industry during this century, or as anything other than a trainer, you're lucky. Even worse, now that CE "experiences" are so often online you don't even get to travel to a big party where meeting new clients, products or partners is at least a possibility. Now you end up staring at a Polycom station wondering if they realize the newer flat designs are dust magnets that look really awful if the cleaning people don't stay on top of them.

Comment from Eric Murrell, (6/8/2016, 7:58 AM)

I've never heard of a court case where it was implied that the design professional didn't know something because it was developed after he left school. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but the CE industry appears to be a solution for which there was no problem. I too think its more about professional organizations maintaining relevance as well as generating income.

Comment from Phil Kabza, (6/9/2016, 9:30 AM)

Architect's continuing education programs are built upon the three most popular types of program delivery: vendor-sponsored lunch presentations; convention seminars; and a variety of online presentations. Experienced practitioners find that very few passive education programs (you talk, we listed) end up having a worthwhile impact on their ability to practice. Vendor programs seldom target architect knowledge needs. Convention programs result in education overloads on interesting topics that don't affect immediate practice issues and subsequently fade away; online programs are largely tedious and a last resort. What architects learn from is practicing architecture, and doing spot research to solve the problems they encounter along the way. Education programs modeled after that process may be beneficial; the rest are just a waste of time.

Comment from M. Halliwell, (6/10/2016, 10:36 AM)

My engineering association has a continuing education requirement. It takes into account professional practice (something Eric Murrell hints at)...if you're using it, chances are you're picking stuff up "on the job". It also allows for formal (classes) and informal (seminars, lunch and learn, webinars) learning. I also like that it allows for some volunteering and sharing (i.e. presentations, research) opportunities too. CE doesn't need to be complex or arduous to do...the right program can encourage learning without overloading or becoming a burden.

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