Continuing Education Program (CEP)

As an Architectural Hardware Consultant (AHC), Certified Door Consultant (CDC), Electrified Hardware Consultant (EHC), or Architectural Openings Consultant (AOC) you have proven your skills to the door and hardware industry. Your technical knowledge of this industry gives you an edge over the competition.

Participation in the Continuing Education Program increases that advantage, and participating in the Seal Program raises the profile of your certification to your customers. Use a stamp or order a seal to mark letters, hardware schedules, door schedules and drawings as a professional tool to enhance your image and add value to your work. Also, be sure to ask for the logo of your credential for your business materials and promotional efforts as well. Contact education@dhi.org for details.

Frequently Asked Questions: CEP Program

What is my commitment as a consultant?

As a consultant participating in the Continuing Education Program, you are required to earn 100 points throughout a three-year period to renew your seal. Consultants who received their credentials after Jan. 1, 2005, must participate to maintain their credentials.

You are responsible for accurately recording your accumulated points and reporting them to DHI at renewal time.

How can I have this expertise recognized and valued by my customers?

DHI has developed an easy-to-use promotional tool, which serves to visually inform the building industry of your value, high aptitude and experience. It also attests to your participation in the program and willingness to continue your education throughout your career. Those participating in the CEP can order an official seal. A corresponding "stamp" is also available to use when the seal cannot easily be used (such as on a faxed or electronically transferred document).

How does DHI support my efforts?

DHI highlights those who participate in the Continuing Education Program to end users—architects, specifiers, and the like—through advertising in industry publications, via the Find a Pro search engine and through other various marketing and promotions.

How much time do I have to register?

If you received your credentials on or after Jan. 1, 2005, you have been automatically enrolled in the program. Participation is mandatory and requires the accumulation of 100 CEP points every three years. Consultants not in the program, or whose registration has expired but who may wish to rejoin the program, have three options available. (See options listed under "How Do I Register for the CEP?" below.)

What are the requirements for the CEP?

The 80/20 Rule—Participants must acquire a total of 100 CEP points in a three-year period. Of those 100 points, a minimum of 80 points must be technical (attendance at events or other qualifying programs where generic technical information is presented), and a maximum of 20 points may be non-technical (chapter business meeting attendance or industry events where non-technical information is presented).

How do I register for the CEP Program?

If you received your credentials on or after Jan. 1, 2005, you have been automatically enrolled in the program. Participation is mandatory and requires the accumulation of 100 CEP points every three years. Consultants not in the program, or whose registration has expired but who wish to rejoin the program, have three options available:

  • Equivalency Exam: A four-hour equivalency exam consisting of a combination of approximately 200 true/false, multiple choice and problem questions must be passed, as well as the accumulation of 100 CEP points every three years. The exam costs $150/individual membership and $350/non-member. Corporate membership discount does not apply.

  • One-Year License: Earn 35 technical CEP points (points earned in the past year are eligible). Once enrolled, you must earn 35 points each year for the next three years. These 35 points shall consist of a minimum of 30 technical CEP points, with five non-technical points permitted. You must file a new renewal application each year to remain in the program.

A new seal, if desired, must be purchased each year. However, after your third single year in the seal program, you then have the opportunity to resume the seal program under a three-year period agreement, attaining 100 points in a three-year period. Enrollment is free for individual members, and $350/non-members. Corporate membership discount does not apply.

Note: Dual certification consultants need earn only 100 total points during the time period, not 100 for each certification.

Stay on Track

Participants are responsible for tracking and submitting points to DHI prior to your renewal date. Upon renewal, electronic or embossing seals and stamps may be purchased by participants.

Now What?

Download the CEP Application to join the program. If you have questions about becoming certified, or what a certified professional consultant can do for you, contact our Education Department at education@dhi.org or call 703.222.2010.