Continuing education is a requirement for AIA architect membership. It enables the architect to keep current, master new knowledge and skills, plan for the future, and responsibly meet the role society entrusts to a professional.
Continuing education is now required by the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as Maryland and the District of Columbia. AIA credits are accepted in all jurisdictions requiring continuing education. For more information about Virginia licensure, visit the DPOR Website.
CES Discovery is AIA National's online continuing education system. Members can log in to access transcripts, find upcoming seminars, learn about self-reported activities and check state licensing requirements throughout the US and Canada.
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All architect members are required to complete 18 total Continuing Education Hours (CEH) per calendar year. Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW). Of these 12 HSW hours, at least 4 hours must be about a Sustainable Design (SD) topic. CES courses listed on AIA Discovery and on this site that satisfy the Health, Safety and Welfare and/or Sustainable Design requirements will be indicated as HSW/SD.
New first-time members of the AIA are not required to complete the annual 18 hours the year that they first join. Associate and emeritus members are exempt but encouraged to particpate.
A member who exceeds the annual requirement in a given year may carry up to 18 CEHs (including 12 hours of HSW) into the next year. Members' CEH carryover credits allow only as many hours as needed to fulfill the annual requirement. A member who fails to meet the annual requirement will be given 9 months to earn the deficient CEHs and meet the current annual requirements of 18 LUs. Members who do not complete their CES requirements are subject to an audit and risk losing their AIA status for non-compliance.