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What is “CEPH”?
Continuing Education Program Hour (CEPH). Each hour of Structured Course Study shall address one or more Approved Subject Areas and at least 45 minutes of every hour of CEPH shall directly relate to Health, Safety, or Welfare.
What is “Approved Subject Areas and Health Safety and Welfare”?
The definitions from these terms have been developed based on industry standards in continuing education. The definitions for these terms can be found in the Board rules for Registered Interior Designers.
What is “HSW”?
IDCEC defines a health safety and welfare (HSW) designated CEU as one where a minimum of 75% of the CEU content covers knowledge and practice of interior design that is focused on protection of the public and the environment.
Barrier free is the design of a building or a facility or the design of an alteration of a building or a facility, which complies with the Texas Accessibility Standards, the American with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines, or similarly accepted standards for accessible design.
What is “Energy-Efficient Design”?
Energy-efficient design is the design of a project and the specification of materials that minimize the consumption of energy in the use of the project. The term includes energy efficiency strategies by design as well as the incorporation of alternative energy systems.
What is “Sustainable Design”?
Sustainable design is an integrative approach to the process of design which seeks to avoid depletion of energy, water, and raw material resources; prevent environmental degradation caused by facility and infrastructure developments during their implementation and over their life cycle; and create environments that are livable and promote health, safety, and well-being. Sustainability is the concept of meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
What is “Structured Course Study”?
Structured Course Study refers to activity that is in a classroom or classroom equivalent setting. Structured courses of study are relevant to the profession, taught or otherwise provided by qualified individuals or organizations, and delivered by direct, in-person contact or through distance learning methods, the completion of which results in the issuance of a certificate or other record of attendance to the registrant by the provider. Structured Course Study must address one or more Approved Subject Areas and directly relate to Health, Safety, or Welfare.
What is “Self-Directed Study”?

Self-directed study relates to time spent developing knowledge and skills relevant to the profession that relates to Health, Safety or Welfare but does not qualify as Structured Course Study. Many activities may count toward credit for self-directed study, such as:

Reading written material or reviewing audio, video, or digital media that develops knowledge and skills relevant to your profession but does not qualify as Structured Course Study.

Time spent in professional research for publication or formal presentation to the profession or public.

Time spent in professional service to the general public that draws upon your professional expertise, such as serving on planning commissions, building code advisory boards, urban renewal boards, code study committees, or educational outreach activities.

Time spent preparing to teach or teaching professional courses. A design professional may not claim credit for preparing for or teaching the same course more than once.

One CEPH may be claimed for attendance at one full-day session of a meeting of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.

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