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TN Architecture & Interior Design Continuing Education Requirements


Tennessee The Tennessee State Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners requires Tennessee-registered architects, engineers, landscape architects, and interior designers to complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years.

  • CE Requirement:  24 PDHs (Professional Development Hours), of which at least 13 must address health, safety and welfare issues (HSW) and/or technical competency.
  • CE Cycle: 2-year period based on original licensure date.
  • Acceptable Coursework: The Tennessee Board does NOT pre-approve courses or providers. AIA, ASLA, IDCEC-approved courses are generally acceptable but it is the registrant's responsibility to use his/her professional judgment to determine if an activity meets the Board's criteria as summarized in this post and - most importantly - as detailed on Board's website (see "Source" at the end of this post for weblink). 
  • Reporting of Credits:  Providers CANNOT report continuing education credits earned to the Tennessee Board, neither can registrants (except in case of audit - see "audit" below).
  • Tracking of Credits: Registrants are responsible for maintaining proof of successful completion of continuing education activities for at least four years. Did you know? Design Arts Seminars keeps track of the courses you take with us and provides you with access to your transcript saving you both time and money, especially in case of audit.
  • Audit: A random sample of registrants will be selected for an in-depth audit to verify compliance with continuing education requirements.
Source: Tennessee State Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners

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