Hawaii Architect FAQs

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

Hawaii Architect Renewal

License Renewal Deadline: April 30th of even-numbered years

State Required Continuing Education: 16 hrs in HSW subjects

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

See Hawaii AIA Courses

Renewing Your License:

How do I renew my Hawaii architect license?

  1. A postcard renewal reminder will be sent to your address of record approximately 60 days prior to the renewal date
  2. Ensure you have completed the required continuing education
  3. Complete your renewal application online, or request a hardcopy renewal form from the board
  4. Submit completed application and appropriate fees to the board

What are the Hawaii continuing education requirements for architects?

The number of continuing education hours required is dependent upon when in the licensing cycle you became licensed.

By April 30th of each even-numbered year:

  • Architects licensed for the entire two year renewal cycle:
    • 16 hrs in public protection (HSW) subjects
  • Architects licensed for more than one year but less than two:
    • 8 hrs in public protection (HSW) subjects
  • Architects licensed for less than one year:
    • No CE is required

Who notifies Hawaii of my completed architect continuing education?

Continuing education documentation is not required to be submitted with your renewal application. Licensees are responsible for maintaining course completion records for themselves for a period of four years, to be furnished to the board in the event of a request for audit. Architects Training Institute will submit your course completions to the AIA and maintain your course completion certificates for 6 years free of 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 Hawaii architect license?

Yes, provided that they are in Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) subjects.

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

  1. Complete a restoration application either online or request a hardcopy from the board
  2. Submit the completed application and fees to the board by the restoration deadline determined by the board

Failure to restore a forfeited license within 2 years after the license expiration date will result in the termination of the license. In this case the person must apply as a new applicant and meet current licensing requirements

State Contact Info:

State of Hawaii
Board of Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors & Landscape Architects
PO Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
Phone: (808) 586-3000

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.