Maryland Architect FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about Maryland architect licensing and continuing education.

Maryland Architect Renewal

Continuing Education Deadline: Biennially, based on original licensure date

State Required Continuing Education: 24 HSW hours each cycle, 12 per year

License Renewal Deadline: Biennially, based on original licensure date

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

See Maryland AIA Courses

Renewing Your License:

How do I renew my Maryland architect license?

  1. Complete the required continuing education
  2. Visit the board website and follow the instructions to complete the renewal process

What are the Maryland continuing education requirements for architects?

Architects in Maryland must complete 24 hours of continuing education, 12 hours must be completed each year of the cycle. All hours must be completed in Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) subjects.

Licensees in their first renewal cycle are not required to complete continuing education.

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

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

Who notifies Maryland of my completed architect continuing education?

Maryland architects should maintain records of continuing education activities using the forms provided by the board. Records must be maintained for at least two years from the completion date of the qualifying program and must be furnished to the board in the event of a compliance audit. Architects Training Institute will submit your course completion records to the AIA and maintain your records 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 Maryland architect license?

Yes, as long as they are in HSW subjects.

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

Architects who are 30 days past their expiration date must apply for reinstatement. Continuing education must be complete, and the licensee will pay a reinstatement fee in addition to an application fee.

State Contact Info:

Maryland Board of Architects
500 N. Calvert Street, Room 308
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone: (410) 230-6261

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.