AIA Continuing Education Requirements

Micène Fontaine, August 16, 2019

AIA CES Registered Provider

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) requires members to complete
18 Learning Units (LUs) of continuing education every year to retain their membership.
  • CE Requirement:  18 hours of Continuing education total, of which 12 must be on the topics of Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW). One hour of continuing education equals 1 LU.
  • Renewal Date:  December 31 every year.
  • Reporting Cycle:  Annual - Licensees are required to complete the continuing education within the calendar year preceding the renewal date. (i.e. LUs obtained between January 1 to December 31, 2021 count towards 2022 license renewal).
  • Reporting of Credits:  AIA CES Registered Providers must report credits to the AIA for inclusion on a member's transcript. Self-reporting by members is only allowed for non-HSW credits earned via courses offered by providers outside of the AIA CES Provider network.
  • Acceptable Credits:  HSW LUs may only be earned by completing courses offered by an AIA CES Registered Provider, who is responsible for reporting earned credits directly to the AIA. 
  • Tracking of Credits:  Credits earned by AIA members are recorded on members' transcripts. 
  • Audit:  Non-compliant members of AIA are subject to audit and upon written request will need to provide documentation to support the credits claimed at renewal.
  • Carry-over Credits: The AIA allows members to rollover up to 18 LUs, including up to 12 HSW LUs. Hours may not be carried over past the one year limit.
  • What state are you an licensed as an architect in? Check out the Architecture Continuing Education Requirements
  • Maintaining another professional membership? Check out the continuing education requirements for ASID and IIDA.
  • Have any questions? Post comments or questions on this blog or contact Design Arts Seminars, Inc.
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