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Continuing Education (CE)
Ways to Obtain AIA Continuing Education Credit

The American Institute of Architects upholds an annual continuing education (CE) requirement as part of membership to encourage constant learning and growth. Members may receive learning units from a variety of platforms and affiliates offering AIA-approved programs, many available online for your convenience.

Locally, AIA Northern Virginia lists available CE offerings on the Chapter’s homepage tri-monthly calendar. Farther afield, AIA Virginia also showcases CE programs available for credit within other the Commonwealth Chapters via their Inform calendar, or choose to directly view the AIA Virginia calendar.

AIA National offers learning units in a variety of ways, including from the AIA Trust, for topics of wide interest to members of the Institute, to the Institute’s own AIAU, offering a dynamic listing of topics. Members may browse free courses which support architects & design professionals, or which assist architecture firms prepare for the future, or review and can access all available courses. In addition, both members and non-members can obtain all their continuing education credits for the year in one place by attending the AIA Conference on Architecture. The conference includes over a hundred various seminars, tours and events and is held in a different US city each year.

Earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online, on your schedule.

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AIA Contract Documents
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AIA Trust
The AIA Trust develops webinars to assist you in your practice, with most offer learning unit credits. You may complete various self-assessment tests about AIA Trust online resources for learning unit credits.

The AIA’s magazine, Architect, partners with Hanley Wood University to present hundreds of online continuing education courses created by leading specialists. AIA | HSW & | Elective, ASLA, GBCI, IDCEC, NAHB, NARI, and NKBA credits are available.

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Continuing Education Program This NCARB Program is a collection of self-study resources by experts in the profession. By reading these courses and taking an online quiz, you can earn HSW credits. Continuum Education courses are free for NCARB Certificate holders and licensure candidates with an active NCARB Record.

International Code Council Learning Center The ICC offers a variety of online learning opportunities to keep your skills sharp and to earn continuing education credit on your own time.