Massachusetts Architect FAQs

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

Massachusetts Architect Renewal

Renewal Deadline: August 31st, annually

State Required Continuing Education: 12 hours in HSW subjects

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

See Massachusetts AIA Courses

Renewing Your License:

How do I renew my Massachusetts architect license?

  1. The board will mail you a notification for renewal, generally around May 1st of each year
  2. Ensure you have completed the required continuing education
  3. Follow the instructions in the notice to complete the renewal process

What are the Massachusetts continuing education requirements for architects?

Massachusetts architects are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education annually, all in Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) topics. Hours must be completed by August 31st.

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

No, credits must be completed in their respective cycle.

Who notifies Massachusetts of my completed architect continuing education?

When completing the license renewal form, licensees will attest to having completed the required continuing education. Massachusetts does not require architects or continuing education providers notify the state of continuing education unless they perform an audit. Architects Training Institute will submit your courses 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 Massachusetts architect license?

Yes, provided they are in HSW topics.

State Contact Info:

Board of Registration of Architects
1000 Washington Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 701-8690
Fax: (617) 727-9932

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.