Michigan Architect FAQs

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

Michigan Architect Renewal

License Renewal Deadline: October 31st, biennially

State Required Continuing Education: 24 hrs in HSW subjects, 12 hrs each year

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

See Michigan AIA Courses

Renewing Your License:

How do I renew my Michigan architect license?

  1. A renewal notice will be sent approximately 90 days prior to the renewal date
  2. Complete the required continuing education
  3. Complete an online application for renewal and pay the required fees

What are the Michigan continuing education requirements for architects?

Michigan architects are required to complete 24 hours of continuing education in each biennial period, all in Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) subjects.

Architects who have been licensed for less than 12 months in their first renewal cycle do not need to complete continuing education.

Who notifies Michigan of my completed architect continuing education?

Michigan architects are required to attest to having completed their continuing education upon renewal of their license. Documentation of continuing education activities is required to be maintained by the licensee for a period of 4 years. Architects Training Institute will submit your course completions 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 Michigan architect license?

Yes, as long as they are in HSW topics.

State Contact Info:

Bureau of Professional Licensing
PO Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 241-0199

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.