AIA Continuing Education Requirements and Transcript

The AIA recognizes that continuing education in architecture is crucial to advancing and improving the profession. Architects need continuing education to maintain competency, to prepare for the future, to fulfill the continuing education requirements for AIA membership, and to register to practice architecture in New York State.

AIA measures continuing education in Learning Units (LUs). One hour of continuing education earns one LU. AIA Architect and International Associate members are required to complete 18 LUs from registered AIA/CES providers each year. Of the 18 LUs, 12 must be in the topic areas of health, safety, and welfare (HSW).

Architect Emeritus members are required to complete 1 LU annually. Associate members are not required to meet a minimum number of hours but are encouraged to take continuing education courses to advance in their careers and the profession. 

Look for AIA-approved providers to earn LUs that apply to your AIA requirements. When you take a course, provide your AIA member number and we’ll automatically update your AIA member transcript.

Most state licensing boards accept the AIA transcript as verification that you have completed continuing education courses. Check with the New York State state licensing board for any specific requirements for license renewal.

AIA members who take a course from an AIA Continuing Education provider will see credits reflected in their transcript within 10 business days of learning program completion.

Not a member?

For courses you’ve completed since the new interface was launched in November 2017, you can retrieve your completion certificate from the page where you completed the course materials. For courses completed prior to Nov. 20, 2017, visit the “My courses” page to download a certificate of completion. Or, join the AIA to get your free online member transcript, and we’ll update it automatically each time you take an AIA course.