Plants at Work Educates

September 2, 2005 - 09:06

Plants at Work and the PLANET Interior Advisory Group recently announced that their curricula has been selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to its membership. All active AIA members must successfully complete 18 learning unit (LU) hours each year, with at least eight of the 18 LU hours relating to health, safety and/or welfare (HSW). Plants at Work will soon be publishing a training schedule and fee details for investors to learn the approved program.

Since 1857, the AIA has represented the professional interests of America’s architects. AIA members, more than 74,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals and allied partners express their commitment to excellence in design and livability in the nation’s buildings and communities. Plants at Work is the interiorscape entity to be approved by the AIA as a national Continuing Education System (CES) provider.

“The accepted content, like Plants at Work itself, focuses only on the vital benefits of plants in the workplace,” states McRae Anderson, director of Plants at Work, president of McCaren Designs and the point of contact (POC) for the AIA/Plants at Work provider registration. “This is an ideal platform to lock in the relationship between interior landscaping, green design and the quality of life in the workplace,” added Anderson.

Plants at Work can officially offer the AIA/CES program throughout the following nine regions: New England, Middle Atlantic, East North Central, West North Central, South Atlantic, East South Central, West South Central, Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest.

“Plants at Work-sponsored companies that graduate from the required AIA program training will be permitted to use the Plants at Work AIA/CES Registered Provider number,” Anderson said. “It is an obligation to the industry as a whole that each participating company demonstrate a solid understanding of the approved content, policies, procedures and guidelines set forth to keep this important opportunity,” he continued. “As a Plants at Work representative, each firm will be completely responsible for the quality of any session reported under our provider number. In addition to a detailed documentation retention system, every session will be subject to audit, and if any one of us are, in any way, non-compliant, the entire national Plants at Work program will be promptly removed from the AIA system (forfeiting our paid fees),” said Anderson.

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