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Changes to AIA Mandatory Continuing Education Requirements (MCER)


The AIA (American Institute of Architects) requires members to complete eighteen (18) hours of continuing education (CEHs) every year to retain their membership.

  • Requirement: Eighteen (18) hours total, of which twelve (12) - was eight (8) until 2011 - must be HSW (Health, Safety & Welfare) credits. Of the twelve (12) HSW credits, at least four (4) must be SD (Sustainable Design) credits. 
  • Cycle: Annual (calendar year). 
  • Acceptable Credits: HSW and SD credits may only be earned by completing courses offered by an AIA CES Registered Provider, who is responsible for reporting HSW and SD credits to the AIA. General (non-HSW) credits may be earned via courses offered by providers outside of the AIA CES Registered Provider network, in which case the member is responsible for self-reporting credits to the AIA. Note: Design Arts Seminars, Inc. is an AIA CES Registered Passport Provider.AIA CES Registered Provider
  • 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.
  • Tracking of Credits: Credits earned by AIA members are recorded on members' transcripts (see "Reporting of Credits" section above). Did you know? Design Arts Seminars also keeps track of the courses you take with us and provides you with online access to your transcript.
  • Audit: The AIA performs an annual non-compliance member audit. 

Source: American Institute of Architects

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