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Course Reviewer’s Corner by Michael Tamara

Continuing Education Programs: Meet the Manager

Greetings! I am the Manager of Continuing Education Programs here at AIA, and this is the first article in a regularly occurring column that will appear in Provider Connection. I would like to take this initial opportunity not only to formally introduce myself, but also to give some explanation of what I do and how I hope to strengthen the relationship between AIA Continuing Education Services and our valued providers.

Professionally, I hold a master’s degree in architecture and am currently studying for the Architect Registration Examination. This, combined with working inside the AIA, presents a unique opportunity to help build a bridge of improved understanding and better communication between practitioners, educators, product manufacturers, and the professional organization. One of my primary functions is to review courses submitted by providers for content clarity and credit designation accuracy. This responsibility is not to be taken lightly, especially because, in cases where HSW and HSW|SD learning is involved, a member’s license can be directly impacted.

The AIA, our providers, and our members all have different roles to play within the industry; yet we all share the basic mission of advancing the common good through a pleasing, edifying, and healthy built environment. Our continuing education programs constitute an indispensable ingredient in the furthering of this mission, by not only maintaining current knowledge, but providing a way to keep up with the constant stream of new knowledge generated by the ever-changing world in which we live.

Naturally, then, we want to ensure that the materials offered through AIA are of the highest quality available. To this end, I will be fostering many initiatives to help improve the quality of content and the efficiency of the submission process.

The first such initiative is a webinar scheduled for Thursday, August 18th at 1:00 PM, called “In the Mind of the Reviewer: What CES Looks for in a Course Submission”. The first half will provide a refresher in the essentials of the CES Provider Manual through a PowerPoint presentation. All information that providers need to have ready before submitting will be simplified into a content checklist; and a procedural checklist will cover all of the technical steps in the submission process. In the second half, this knowledge will then be applied through an actual demonstration of the basic course review process, in which five mock course submissions will be reviewed.

I highly encourage providers to attend, as it is based on questions and comments we commonly receive that are related to the submission process. To find out more information and to register, please visit

I very much look forward to working with you to help provide the best continuing education experience possible.


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