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?


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


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.