Delaware Architect FAQs

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

Delaware Architect Renewal

License Renewal Deadline: January 31st of even-numbered years

Continuing Education Deadline: December 31st, annually

State Required Continuing Education: 12 hrs in HSW subjects annually, 24 HSW total per licensing cycle

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

See Delaware AIA Courses

Renewing Your License:

How do I renew my Delaware architect license?

  1. A renewal notice will be sent to your email address on file
  2. Follow instructions on the renewal notice to login to the Delaware portal
  3. Complete renewal application & pay the required fees

What are the Delaware continuing education requirements for architects?

Delaware architect continuing education requirements depend on whether it is your first renewal cycle.

If it is your first renewal cycle, you are required to complete one HSW CE unit per month of registration, beginning with the first full month following the month of issuance, through the end of the renewal cycle.

If it is not your first renewal cycle, you are required to complete 24 hours in HSW subjects during each full license renewal cycle. 12 hrs must be completed each calendar year, between January 1st and December 31st.

Who notifies Delaware of my completed architect continuing education?

Delaware does not require architects or continuing education providers notify the state of continuing education unless an audit is requested. Architects Training Institute will submit your course completions to the AIA and maintain your records for 6 years at no extra charge.

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 Delaware architect license?

Yes, as long as they are in HSW subjects.

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

If you do not complete renewal before the expiration date, your Architect license or Certificate of Authorization will expire.

You may file a late renewal application up to four months after the license deadline, a late fee will apply. You may not practice until your late renewal application has been approved and your license is deemed in active status: the late period is not a “grace period.”

If you fail to renew within four months, your license/certificate will terminate and you must apply to Delaware as a new applicant.

Getting a License:

How do I obtain an Delaware architect license?

You may apply for licensure in Delaware by one of three methods:

  1. Examination
  2. Direct Application
  3. Reciprocity

Visit the state board website to determine which method is best for your situation.

Does Delaware offer architect reciprocity?

Reciprocal licensing can be obtained in one of four ways:

  1. Have a current NCARB Certificate
  2. Have a current license good standing in another jurisdiction for at least 13 years
  3. Have a current license in good standing in another jurisdiction for at least 5 years AND have an NAAB-accredited degree
  4. Have a current license in good standing in another jurisdiction where the standards of licensure are substantially similar to those of Delaware (The Board will make this determination)

State Contact Info:

Delaware State Board of Architects
Cannon Building, Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd,
Dover, DE 19904
Phone: (302) 744-4500
Fax: (302) 739-2711

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.