Wisconsin Architecture Continuing Education Requirements

Cindy Grant, July 15, 2020

The Wisconsin Examining Board of Architects requires Wisconsin-licensed architects to complete 24 Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECHs) every biennium, of which 16 must be in Health, Safety, and Welfare topics.

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  • CE Requirement: 24 Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECHs), of which 16 must qualify as Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW). 
  • Renewal Deadline: July 31 of even-numbered years.
  • CE Reporting Cycle: Biennial. Architects must earn the required credits in the two years preceding the license renewal. That is to say between August 1 of even-numbered years and July 31 of the next even-numbered year (e.g. between August 1, 2018, and July 31, 2020, for the July 31, 2020 renewal).  
  • Acceptable Coursework: The Board does NOT pre-approve courses or providers. Courses approved by AIA under the HSW designation are generally acceptable in Wisconsin (and, if you are an AIA member, also count toward your AIA Continuing Education Requirements). It is up to the licensee to determine whether the activity meets the Board’s requirements. As always, final discretion is up to the Board. 
  • Reporting of Credits: Licensees certify compliance with the biennial continuing education requirement on their application for license renewal. 
  • Tracking of Credits: Licensed Architects are responsible for maintaining proof of successful completion of continuing education activities for at least four years from the date of the completion. 
  • Audits: If it appears an applicant failed to meet the CE requirements, the Board may send notification and request submission of evidence of compliance and/or may require appearance for an interview to address any deficiencies.
  • Carry-Over: A maximum of 8 Continuing Education Contact Hours may be carried over into the next biennium.

Sources: Wisconsin Examining Board of Architects
Wisconsin Legislative Rules and Laws - Board of Architects

:Wisconsin Examining Board of Architects


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