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What is a Speaker?

Nikitia Forest, MA Manager, Continuing Education Quality Programs

A Speaker** is defined as an individual who speaks, presents, moderates or delivers the AIA/CES approved educational course material. The speaker acts as an orator and speaks formally before the attendees in the AIA/CES course. This individual should be deemed an expert on the subject matter and not serve as a salesperson to promote products, goods or services. Also, speakers should never pay a Provider for rights to speak or present an AIA/CES course. According to AIA/CES Approved Provider policy, all speakers delivering AIA/CES approved courses are required to sign a Speaker Agreement. The agreement outlines the AIA/CES standards and expectations of the speaker.

    **The words speaker and presenter are used interchangeably by AIA/CES and the expectations and requirements are the same regardless which word is used.

Speaker Tips

Speakers for AIA/CES Approved Courses should:

      Deliver the registered course, as approved by AIA/CES, without endorsement, bias, marketing or sales orientation.

      Ensure that the company (an approved CES Provider) logos, product name, and branding are limited to the first and last slides only of any presentation. Recognize that any information and handouts distributed are done with the intent to reinforce the learning objectives.

      Defer product and proprietary specific questions for discussion either before or after the education portion of the course has concluded.

      Deliver the course as it relates to the learning objectives.

      Strive to make presentation and materials as accurate, appropriate and interesting as possible within the timeframe for which the course was registered.

      Ensure that the Quality Assurance slides are included and reviewed with participants during all PowerPoint presentations. (If not a PowerPoint, quality assurance statement, course description, and learning objectives must be included in course materials/handouts and reviewed with participants orally.)

      Collect course attendance and evaluations. Submit collected documents to POC for attendance reporting in the CES Discovery System within 10 business days of the course and filing for 6 years.

      Speakers will abide by the Ethics of the AIA/CES Registered Provider System.

For additional tips and policies, please see pages 52-53 in the Provider Manual.

Note: AIA/CES Providers are responsible for all activity under their Provider number. This includes registered courses and the activities of speakers.


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