Rhode Island Architect Licensing FAQ’s

Rhode Island Architect Continuing Education

If you are a licensed architect in the state of Rhode Island, your license renewal deadline is fast approaching. Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions about architecture licensing and renewals in Rhode Island!

How do I renew my Rhode Island architect license?

  1. Complete 24-hours of continuing education
  2. Renew your license online or with a Paper Application and pay the $120 renewal fee

What are the Rhode Island Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Rhode Island architects must complete a minimum of 12 continuing education hours each calendar year all of which must be in HSW subjects, for a total of 24 CEHs in a two year period (ending December 31st of odd numbered years).

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 Rhode Island architect license?


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

No, as of the 2016 rule change CEHs may not be credited to a future calendar year.

Who notifies Rhode Island of my architect continuing education?

Rhode Island 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 2-years in case of an audit. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education for 6-years at no extra cost.

Does Rhode Island offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in Rhode Island.

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

You may renew your license as usual but you will have to pay a $60 late renewal fee.

Who do I contact at the state with further questions about my license?

Board of Examination and Registration of Architects
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Building #68-2
Cranston, RI 02920

Phone: 401-462-9594
Fax: 401-462-9532