New Jersey Architecture Continuing Education Requirements

Cindy Grant, July 9, 2019

New Jersey The New Jersey State Board of Architects requires that New Jersey-licensed architects complete 24 hours of Continuing Education each biennial period.

  • CE Requirement:  24 CE hours every two year period prior to the biennium renewal date of July 31 of odd-numbered years. At least 16 of the 24 CE hours must qualify as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) credits. No more than 6 CE hours may be earned in one calendar-day. 
  • CE Reporting Cycle: Credits must be earned between August 1 of odd-numbered years and July 31 of the next odd numbered year (for example, August 1 2017 - July 31 2019). 
  • Acceptable Coursework: The New Jersey Board of Architects does NOT pre-approve courses or providers. 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: Licensees are required to attest that they are in compliance with the Board’s CE requirements on the biennial renewal application.
  • Tracking of Credits: Records of successful completion of continuing education should be kept for at least five years following the license renewal for which credits were claimed.
  • Audit: All architects licensed in New Jersey are subject to audit by the Board and upon written request will need to provide documentation to support the CE hours claimed at renewal.
  • Carry-over Credits:  A maximum of 12 CE hours, including up to 8 HSW CE hours may be carried over to the next renewal period as long as they were earned in the last six months of the biennial renewal period.

Source: New Jersey State Board of Architects

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