Alaska Architect FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about Alaska architect licensing and continuing education

Alaska Architect Renewal

Renewal Deadline: December 31st

Renewal Cycle: Biennial (Odd-numbered years)

State Required Continuing Education: 24 hrs in HSW subjects

AIA Membership Continuing Education: 18 hrs annually, including 12 HSW

See Alaska AIA Courses

Renewing Your License:

How do I renew my Alaska architect license?

  1. Complete 24 hrs of continuing education in HSW subjects
  2. Complete and mail in the renewal application
    1. Renewal forms are no longer mailed. You will receive renewal instructions in November of odd-numbered years

What are the Alaska continuing education requirements for architects?

Alaska architects must complete a minimum of 24 professional development hours (PDHs) in each two year renewal cycle. The content of all 24 hours must be devoted to health, safety, and welfare (HSW) subjects related to the practice of architecture.

I have extra Alaska architect continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

A maximum of 12 PDHs may be carried forward into the next biennial period. The number of carry forward PDHs must be indicated on your biennial registration form.

Who notifies Alaska of my completed architect continuing education?

Submission of completed PDHs with renewal is not required. Each registrant is responsible for maintaining a list of their CE activities. All records of attendance and completion of CE should be maintained for four years for audit purposes. Architects Training Institute will maintain your records for 6 years at no extra charge.

The Alaska State Board of Registration randomly audits five percent of all renewing registrants to ensure compliance with the CE requirements.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal. Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Alaska architect license?


My Alaska architect registration has lapsed, how do I reinstate it?

Registrations are considered expired if they have lapsed for more than 5 years.

  1. Complete a Reinstatement Form for Expired Registration
    1. Forms may be found on the board website

State Contact Info:

Alaska State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors
550 W 7th Ave, STE 1500
Anchorage, AK 99501-3567
Phone: (907) 269-8160
Fax: (907) 269-8156

Once I order the course, how long before I can start?

You may begin immediately! Simply click the Login button in the upper right-hand corner on your desktop or in the upper-right menu on mobile. Once you’ve entered your login and password, you will be taken to your courses. Follow the instructions and enjoy!

Once I start an online course, will I be able to start and stop at anytime?

Our courses are available online 24/7 and you are able to log in and log out at any time during the course. If you are going to be away from your computer for more than 10-15 minutes, simply log out. When you log back in, you will be able to re-enter the lesson you were last in.

How long do your continuing education courses take to complete?

Continuing education requirements vary by state. Each course lists a minimum number of credit hours required to complete the course.

How long do I have access to the courses?

We allow up to 6 months for you to complete the courses. During the six months you have unlimited, 24/7 access. If you need additional time, please contact our offices to arrange an extension (please note: a fee may apply).

Are there tests or quizzes in the courses?

Some states do require quizzes, these will be found at the end of lessons. You cannot fail a quiz, though, as you may take it as many times as required to pass!

Once I complete a course, can I still go back and review the lessons?

You are able to review the lessons at any time during the six months you’ll have access to the courses.