Iowa Architecture Continuing Education Requirements

Micène Fontaine, July 10, 2019

IowaThe Iowa Architectural Examining Board requires Iowa-registered architects to complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years.

  • CE Requirement:  24 HSW (Public Protection / Health, Safety, and Welfare) Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) prior to the biennium renewal date of June 30 of odd-numbered years.
  • CE Reporting Cycle: From July 1 of odd-numbered years until June 30 of the next odd-numbered year (for example, from July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2019).
  • Acceptable Coursework: The Iowa Architectural Examining Board does NOT pre-approve courses or providers. However, AIA-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. Final discretion is up to the board.
  • Reporting of Credits / Audit:  Providers CANNOT report continuing education credits earned to the Board. However, when they renew, registrants are required to report and attest to the completion of mandatory continuing education. Reports are subject to an in-depth audit by the Board to verify compliance with continuing education requirements. 
  • Tracking of Credits: Registrants are responsible for maintaining proof of successful completion of continuing education activities for at least two years following the registration renewal for which credits were claimed.
  • Carry-over Credits:  Not permitted.
Source: Iowa Architectural Examining Board

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