Washington Architect Licensing Renewal FAQs

How do I renew my Washington architect license?

  1. Complete 24 HSW hours of continuing education
  2. Renew your license online & pay the $105.50 renewal fee.

What are the Washington Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Architects in Washington are required to complete 24-hours of continuing education including 16-hours in HSW subjects every two years on the licensee's birthday.

What professional development is required of Washington architects?

Architects in Washington must complete 24 professional development hours (PDH) in each 2-year license period.

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 Washington architect license?

Yes.

Can I carry over PDH to my next renewal cycle?

If you earn more than 24 PDH in the 2nd half of your license period, up to 12 of the extra hours can be carried over to the following 2-year license period.

For example, if you earn 50 PDH in the 2nd half of your 2-year license period, only 12 of them can be carried over to the following period.

What type of activities do these courses qualify as: “Organized” or “Home Study”?

Organized: Our courses are “organized” online courses due to their built in accountability features such as quizzes and behind the scenes timing features which provide proof of your participation. Completion of the course then triggers access to the “print certificate” button to provide a certificate authenticating course hours and supplying information for your records and the State of Washington, should it be needed. This style of study has no limit for each cycle.

Home Study: Activities in “Home Study” references the hours spent in actions such as picking up a book on architecture and reading it. This style of study has a limit of 8 hours per cycle.

Who notifies Washington of my architect continuing education?

Licensees will not be required to send in proof of continuing education activities to the Department of Licensing when renewing a license. However, a licensee must maintain records of continuing education hours earned for 5 consecutive years for audit purposes. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no additional cost.

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

You may renew your license normally but you will have to pay an additional $33 late fee.

How do I contact the board with further questions?

Mailing Addresses

Forms with payments:

Washington State Board for Architects Department of Licensing

PO Box 3777
Seattle, WA 98124

Mail without payments:

Washington State Board for Architects Department of Licensing

PO Box 9012
Olympia, WA 98507

Overnight mailing (FedEx, UPS, USPS):

Washington State Board for Architects Department of Licensing

405 Black Lake Blvd
Olympia, WA 98502

Physical location:

405 Black Lake Blvd SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Phone: 360-664-1388

Email: architects@dol.wa.gov

Website: https://www.dol.wa.gov/business/architects/index.html


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Minnesota Architects License Renewal FAQs

How do I renew my Minnesota architect license?

  1. Complete 24-hours of continuing education including 2-hours of professional ethics.
  2. Renew your license online by paying the $120 renewal fee

What are the Minnesota Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Minnesota architects must complete a minimum of 24 continuing education hours including 2-hours of Professional Ethics by June 30th of even-numbered years.

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 Minnesota architect license?

Yes.

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

Yes, you may carry-over a maximum of 12 PDHs to the next two-year cycle for hours obtained above and beyond the required 24 PDH. You will still need to keep documentation of the activities you carry-over in your files in case of an audit.  If you are carrying-over PDHs for the next biennium, you will need to keep that documentation for at least two years after the cycle the hours are applied to.

I completed 4 hours of ethics training, can I carry 2 of the hours over to cover my ethics requirement for the next renewal?

No, you must obtain 2 hours of ethics training during each reporting period. However, you may use the extra 2 hours toward your 12 PDH carryover allowance.

I am exempt from continuing education for this reporting period. Can I carryover my hours to the next period?

No, if you are exempt from continuing education, you cannot carry your hours over.

Who notifies Minnesota of my architect continuing education?

Licensees are required to report the total number of hours on your renewal form – either online or paper.  Records and supporting documentation need to be kept for a period of two years after submission to the Board.  If you are selected for audit, you will be contacted and asked to submit supporting documentation of your reported activities. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no extra cost.

If I allow my license to expire, would I need to obtain continuing education hours if I am interested in reinstating my license?

Yes, in order to reinstate your license or certificate you will need to do everything you would have done had you kept your license/certificate current during the time of your lapse (i.e. pay all back fees, late fees, and provide proof of continuing education). You will need to report up to 48 hours of continuing education, including up to 4 hours of ethics, depending on how many years your license has lapsed.

I am renewing late and did not get all my continuing education prior to June 30 of the renewal period that just ended, what should I do?

If you do not have enough hours prior to June 30, you may use however many PDH that you have obtained after June 30 to reach the 24 PDH needed to renew your license for the current period. Note you must then earn 24 more PDH between now and the end of the current period in order to renew for the next period. (You can't use the same PDH hours toward two different periods.)

How do I contact the board with further questions?

Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID
85 E. 7th Place Suite 160
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 651-296-2388

Fax: 651-297-5310

Website: https://mn.gov/aelslagid/index.html


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Maryland Architect License Renewal FAQs

Renewal deadlines for Maryland architects may vary, but the licensing requirements do not. Here are a few FAQ about how and when to renew your Maryland architect license. If you are unsure of your renewal date, you can search for your license here on the Maryland Board of Architects website.

How do I renew my Maryland architect license?

  1. You will receive a renewal notice approximately 60 days before your license will expire.
  2. Complete 24-hours of continuing education
  3. Renew your license online by paying the $76 renewal fee
  4. Enter your registration number exactly as it appears on your data card.

What are the Maryland continuing education requirements?

Licensees must have 12 hours of health, safety, and welfare (HSW) continuing education learning units during each calendar year that precedes each license term, 24 in total. Licensees renewing for the first time after receiving their initial license are exempt. You can find detailed information on the state of Maryland Board of Architects Continuing Professional Competency webpage.

What are Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) Credits?

AIA defines HSW credits as topics that relate to the structural integrity and soundness of a building or a building site. Course content must focus on protecting the general public.
Health – Aspects of architecture that have beneficial or salutary effects on occupants and users of buildings or sites and address environmental concerns

Safety – Aspects of architecture intended to limit or prevent accidental injury or death of occupants and users of buildings or sites.

Welfare – Aspects of architecture that engender demonstrable positive emotional responses from, or enable access by, users of buildings.

How much is my annual renewal fee?

$76.00

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

Yes, and if you are a member of the AIA, we have a package that will fulfill both your state and AIA CE credit requirements.

Do I have to turn in my AIA transcript of LU certificates?

You do not need to send us your transcript unless you have been notified that you are being audited. If you are selected for audit you will receive additional instructions for sending in your documentation.

My license has expired. How do I get it reinstated?

Architects who are 30 days past their expiration date must apply for reinstatement. Reinstatement fees are $100.00 plus the $76.00 application fee. LUs must be completed to apply for reinstatement.

I completed more than 24 hours this licensing term. Can I apply the excess hours that I earned to my next licensing term?

No. LUs earned in excess of the 12 annual units required for a license renewal may not be carried forward.


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South Dakota Architect License Renewal FAQ’s

How do I renew my South Dakota architect license?

Paper Notices sent via US Mail 30 days prior to renewal.

Do I have to complete South Dakota architect continuing education?

Yes, architects in South Dakota are required to complete 30-hours including 20-hours of Technical Subjects relating to Architecture and only 10-hours in professional management. (HSW courses will satisfy this requirement.)

Who notifies the state of my South Dakota architect continued education?

The licensee must notify the state at the time of renewal. Architects Training Institute provides printable certificates upon course completion.

I have extra South Dakota architect continuing education hours; can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

Yes, you may carry over up to 15 hours of continued education.

I am licensed as a South Dakota Engineer as well as an Architect, how many hours of Continued Education must I complete?

Same for both.    

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?

Yes

Who do I contact from the state with questions about my South Dakota architect license?

SD Board of Technical Professions

2525 W. Main St. Suite 211
Rapid City, SD 57702-2447

Phone: 605-394-2510
Fax: 605-394-2509
Email: sdbtp@state.sd.us


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New Hampshire Architect License Renewal FAQ’s

How do I renew my New Hampshire architect license?

  1. Complete 24-hours of continuing education (12-hours per year)
  2. Renew your license online by paying the $150 renewal fee

What are the New Hampshire Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

New Hampshire architects must complete a minimum of 24 continuing education hours including 8-hours of HSW and 4-hours of Sustainable Design by the last day of their birth month every two years.

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 New Hampshire architect license?

Yes.

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

If you exceed the 24 continuing education units required in any biennial period up to 12 CEU’s may be carried forward into the subsequent renewal period. 

Who notifies New Hampshire of my architect continuing education?

It is the licensee’s responsibility to notify the State. Records must be retained for 4 years. Architects Training Institute will store your records for 6-years at no extra cost.

Does New Hampshire offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in New Hampshire. Follow this link to proceed: https://www.oplc.nh.gov/architects/documents/architect-application.pdf

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

If your license lapsed for less than 12 months you can renew by paying a $30 late fee for each month/fraction of a month you are late. If your license has been expired more than 12 months you must complete a Reinstatement Application and pay a $30 late fee for each month/fraction of a month you are late.

Who do I contact with questions about my New Hampshire architect license?

New Hampshire Board of Architects

121 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301-8518

Phone: 603-271-2152
Fax: 603-271-6990

Licensing References

New Hampshire Board of Architects – Administrative Rules
New Hampshire Board of Architects – Continuing Education FAQs


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Idaho Architect License Renewal FAQ’s

How do I renew my Idaho architect license?

Applications to renew your license must be made before your expiration date each year in order for your license to remain valid.  License renewal applications are mailed approximately six (6) weeks before the license expiration date. This renewal notice is sent to your mailing address on record. If you do not receive a renewal notice, you may contact the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses to confirm your address and have a duplicate notice sent to you.   The Board will conduct random continuing education audits on a continual basis.

What are the Idaho Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Idaho architects must complete a minimum of 12 continuing education hours (CEHs) by their birthdate every year. The content of all 12 hours must be devoted to health, safety, and welfare (HSW) subjects related to the practice of architecture.

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 Idaho architect license?

Yes.

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

Yes, a licensee may carry over a maximum of 6-hours of continuing education to meet the following year's continuing education requirement.

Who notifies Idaho of my architect continuing education?

The licensee must notify the state of their continuing education. Proof of completion must be maintained for 5 years in case of a state audit. Architects Training Institute will store your records for 6-years at no additional charge.

Does Idaho offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, first you must complete an application for licensure by endorsement. Once completed this application must be mailed to the state with a $100 application fee and a $150 licensure fee along with the supporting documents outlined in the application.

Who do I contact at the state level with questions about my Idaho architect license?

Idaho Board of Architectural Examiners

Physical Address:
700 West State Street
Boise, ID 83702

Mailing Address:
PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0063

Phone: 208-334-3233
Fax: 208-334-3945
E-mail: ibol@ibol.idaho.gov


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Nevada Architect License Renewal FAQ’s

How do I renew my Nevada architect license?

  1. Complete 8-hours of continuing education
  2. Renew your license online  or complete the Paper Renewal Form
  3. Pay the $150 renewal fee

What are the Nevada continuing education guideline requirements?

Nevada architects must complete a minimum of 8 HSW continuing education hours including 2-hours of code courses each calendar year (January 1 through December 31).

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 Nevada architect license?

Yes.

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

Yes, you may carry over up to 4-hours of continuing education.

Who notifies Nevada of my architect continuing education?

It is the licensee’s responsibility to notify the State.  Registrants must keep records of claimed CEUs for a minimum of three years after the end of the registration period for which the credit is claimed.  Architects Training Institute will store your continuing educaiton records for 6-years at no additional cost.

Does Nevada offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in Nevada. Follow this link to proceed: http://nsbaidrd.state.nv.us/architects/

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

You must complete all of the continuing education you missed. For example, if your license was lapsed for 3 years you must complete 24-hours of continuing education. You will have to pay a $300 late renewal fee in addition to the the $150 renewal fee.

Who do I contact with questions about my Nevada architect license?

Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design

2080 E. Flamingo Rd., Suite 120
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Phone: (702) 486-7300
Fax: (702) 486-7304
Email: nsbaidrd@nsbaidrd.nv.gov


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Nebraska Architect Renewal FAQ’s

How do I renew my Nebraska architect license?

  1. Complete 24-hours of continuing education including 16-hours of HSW & 1-hour of professional ethics
  2. A renew form will be sent you in October of your renew year
  3. Complete the paper renew form or renew online.
  4. Pay the $80 renewal fee

What are the Nebraska Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Nebraska architects must complete a minimum of 24 continuing education hours including 16-hours of HSW & 1-hour of professional ethics by December 31st. Architects with last names A-K will renew during odd-numbered years. Architects with last names L-Z will renew during even-numbered years.

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 Nebraska architect license?

Yes.

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

You can carry over any excess that you previously did not use, up to one-half of the previous biennial requirement.

Who notifies Nebraska of my architect continuing education?

It is the licensee’s responsibility to notify the State. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no additional cost.

Does Nebraska offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in Nebraska. Follow this link to proceed: https://ea.nebraska.gov/architect-comity

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

  1. Complete an Architect License Application
  2. Submit documentation of continuing education
  3. Complete a Reinstatement Affidavit.
  4. Pay the $150 reinstatement fee

State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects

Physical Address:
215 Centennial Mall South, Ste. 400
Lincoln, NE 68508

MAILING ADDRESS:
P.O. Box 95165
Lincoln, NE 68509-5165

Phone: 402-471-2021
Fax: 402-471-0787


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Everything You Need To Know To Renew Your West Virginia Architect License

How do I renew my West Virginia architect license?

  1. Complete 12 HSW hours of continuing education
  2. Use the electronic notification sent to you by June 1st to renew or use the Paper Renewal Form
    You must pay a $75 renewal fee.

What are the West Virginia Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Architects in West Virginia are required to complete 12-hours HSW of continuing education by December 31st annually. Licenses are renewed by June 30th annually.

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 West Virginia architect license?

Yes.

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

No.

Who notifies West Virginia of my architect continuing education?

Licensees will not be required to send in proof of continuing education activities to the Department when renewing a license. However, a licensee must maintain records of continuing education hours earned for audit purposes. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no additional cost.

Does West Virginia offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in West Virginia. Follow this link to get started.

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

You may renew your license normally but you will have to pay an additional late fee.

  • $150 if your license has been expired less than 6 months
  • $250 if your license has been expired more than 6 months

West Virginia Board of Architects

P.O. Box 9125
Huntington, WV 25704-0125
Website: West Virginia Board of Architects
Phone: 304-528-5825

Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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Texas Architect Renewal FAQ

How do I renew my Texas architect license?

  1. Complete 12-hours of continuing education
  2. Renew your license online or by mail and pay the appropriate renewal fee
    $108 for residents | $200 for non-residents

What are the Texas Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Texas architects must complete a minimum of 12 HSW continuing education hours including 1-hour of Sustainable Design and 1-hour of Accessibility Standards each calendar year (January 1 through December 31). Licenses must be renewed the following June every year.

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 Texas architect license?

Yes.

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

Up to 12 hours not used for the current period may be carried over to the next period.  Hours may not be carried forward more than one year.

Can I take the same course that I took last year for this year’s CEPH requirement?  What about a self-directed study?

No. You cannot repeat anything you have taken in the last 3 years except for the Texas Accessibility Academy or another similar course offered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

Who notifies Texas of my architect continuing education?

Texas does not require architects or continuing education providers notify the state of continuing education unless they perform an audit. Architects must maintain continuing education records for 5-years in case of an audit. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no extra cost.

Other documentation of continuing education includes but are not limited to: AIA transcripts, certificates of completion issued by the course provider, “sign-in” log provided directly by the course provider, and other correspondence or documentation provided directly by the course provider.

Does Texas offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in Texas. Follow this link to proceed:  http://www.tbae.state.tx.us/HowToApply/Architects_RegByReciprocity

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

You may renew your license normally by paying a late fee.

  • 1-90 days late: Residents-$160 | Non-residents-$300
  • 91 days-2 years late: Residents-$213 | Non-residents-$400
  • More than 2 years late: You must reapply for licensure

Texas Board of Architectural Examiners

Physical Address:
333 Guadalupe Street
Suite 2-350
Austin, TX 78701-3942

Mailing Address:
PO Box 12337-2337
Austin, TX 78711-2337

Phone:  512-305-9000
Fax:  512-305-8900
Website: http://www.tbae.state.tx.us/Registrants/CEFAQs


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