New York Architecture Continuing Education Requirements
Cindy Grant, January 3, 2018
The New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board of Architecture requires New York State-registered architects to complete 36 hours of continuing education every three years.
- CE Requirement: 36 Continuing Education hours for every three-year registration period (see CE cycle below).
- All 36 CE Hours must be taken from an approved provider and in an acceptable subject area. AIA-approved providers are considered approved providers. For a list of acceptable subject areas, please read the answer to question 15 on the Board's FAQ page available here.
- Regarding the type of credit, a minimum of 24 of the 36 CE hours must qualify as HSW (Health, Safety & Welfare) credits.
- Regarding the delivery method (regardless of type of credit), at least half of the required credits must be obtained in-person by completing what the Board refers to as "courses of learning" and defines as activities in which the student has the opportunity for immediate interaction with an instructor/presenter, (e.g. a seminar, lecture, workshop). The remaining credits (a maximum of 18 CE hours) may be earned via distance learning by participating in what the Board refers to as "educational activities", which include self-study programs with a quiz and passing score (e.g. on-demand webinars, home studies), teaching a course, or giving a technical presentation.
- Renewal Date: Registrations expire on the last day of the registrant's birth month on the third year after the initial or last date of registration. Registrations must be renewed by the expiration date of the registration.
- CE Cycle: Credits must be earned within the 3-year period immediately preceding your registration renewal deadline.
- Tracking of Credits: Registrants are responsible for keeping record of successful completion of continuing education activities for at least 6 years from date of completion.
- Reporting of Credits: Providers CANNOT report continuing education credits earned to the New York Board, neither can registrants (except in case of audit). Registrants attest to having met the required continuing education requirements on the registration renewal form.
- Audit: A random sample of registrants will be audited to verify compliance with continuing education requirements. If audited (and only if audited), registrants will be asked to provide record of completion for each continuing education course or educational activity. AIA transcripts are considered acceptable documentation.
- Carry-over credits: Not permitted
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