North Carolina Architect FAQs

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

North Carolina Architect Renewal

Continuing Education Deadline: December 31st, annually

License Renewal Deadline: June 30th, annually

State Required Continuing Education: 12 hrs in HSW subjects

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

See North Carolina AIA Courses

Renewing Your License:

How do I renew my North Carolina architect license?

The Board of Architecture sends individual renewals and other Official Board Correspondence via email.  To renew your license you must show that you obtained your continued education hours during the previous calendar year. A calendar year is January to December. (For example, to renew for 2019-2020 you must obtain CE during the calendar year 2018.) The hours are reported on your individual renewal.  You do not have to send your log unless you are specifically audited but you must keep your records for a period of 6 years in case you are audited.

What are the North Carolina continuing education requirements for architects?

North Carolina architects must complete a minimum of 12 HSW continuing education hours each calendar year (January 1 through December 31) and renew their license by June 30th of the following year.

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

No, learning units must be completed in their respective cycle.

Who notifies North Carolina of my completed architect continuing education?

North Carolina does not require architects or continuing education providers notify the state of continuing education unless they perform an audit. Architects must maintain continuing education records for 6-year and furnished to the Board in response to an audit. Architects Training Institute will maintain your continuing education 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 North Carolina architect license?


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

You must renew your license as normal and pay an additional $50 late fee for every month you are expired.

Getting a License:

How do I obtain a North Carolina architect license?

You may obtain licensure through examination or reciprocity. Visit this site for details:

Does North Carolina offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in North Carolina. You must contact NCARB to send your record to the North Carolina Board of Architecture and complete an Online Application or a Paper Application.

State Contact Info:

North Carolina Board of Architecture
127 W. Hargett Street, Suite 304
Raleigh, NC 27601

Phone: (984) 328-1161
Business Hours: 8:30 am – 4:45 pm EST, Monday – Friday (excluding holidays)

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.