Pennsylvania Architect FAQs

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

Pennsylvania Architect Renewal

Renewal Deadline: June 30th of odd-numbered years

Renewal Cycle: Biennial

State Required Continuing Education: None

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

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Renewing Your License:

How do I renew my Pennsylvania architect license?

Renew your license online by paying the $100 renewal fee

What are the Pennsylvania continuing education requirements for architects?


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).

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

If your license has expired you should contact the Board Office either by phone 717-783-3397 or by email: to request a reactivation application.

Getting a License:

How do I obtain an Pennsylvania architect license?

Complete an application checklist or apply through reciprocity.

Does Pennsylvania offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, follow this link for more information: application checklist or apply through reciprocity.

State Contact Info:

State Architects Licensure Board  
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649  

Phone: (717) 783-3397  
Fax: (717) 705-5540

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.