The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) regards education as a crucial aspect of its mission to advance the art, science, and practice of illumination. Educational courses are important to new and experienced members alike in order to stay current with the latest developments, skills, and new technologies within the lighting field.

The Philadelphia Section offers formal lighting courses designed to meet the needs of the design community including architectural, engineering, space planning, landscape planning and construction at two levels. Contact our Education Chair for details.


This course provides comprehensive instruction on state-of-the-art lighting practices. In a basic straightforward manner, the course modules provide up to date material on systems, equipment, calculation procedures, and terminology. This seven week course is ideal for individuals relatively new to the lighting industry, having only a basic awareness of lighting, and for professionals who want a thorough overview of the field.

The course offers 2.0 CEU, 20 Health Safety Welfare AIA Learning Units and 20 NCIDQ continuing education units. Instructional time is 20 hours total.


Below is the updated class schedule.

Feb 8     History, Professional Practice, Defining Lighting, Vision, Color, Light & Health

Feb 15   Electric Light Sources & Auxiliary Devices

Feb 22   Daylighting

March 1  Luminaires

March 8     Controls

March 22     Photometry, Metrics & Computer Calculations

March 29   Codes & Standards, Economics

April 5   Lighting Design Process & Techniques, Sustainability & Commissioning

April 12 – Lighting for Interiors

April 19 – Lighting for Exteriors


This course is designed as the next experience for designers and specifiers in the lighting community who have gained basic knowledge in other educational programs (courses in academia or industry), to further explore the art and science of lighting design at greater depth than the Fundamentals of Lighting. The course covers areas generally of use to those intending to take the NCQLP exam.

Please note, the course content is not specifically related to the content of the NCQLP examinations, nor is it specifically sanctioned by the NCQLP. Completion of this course must not be considered as a guarantee of passing the NCQLP examination

This course is ordinarily offered in the fall if we receive interest from the public via email and is scheduled to end before the fall NCQLP exams. The course offers 24 CEUs/ AIA HSW LUs.


Have a group of ten or more? IES Philadelphia will conduct the course of your choice at your place of business at a discounted rate. Contact our Education Chair for details.