Iowa Architects Continuing Education Requirements

Total State Hours: 24 Hours in HSW subjects
Total AIA Membership Hours: 18 Annually, including 12 HSW

Renewal Deadline: June 30th
Years: Last Name A-K: Even-Numbered Years | Last Name L-Z: Odd-Numbered Years

What are the Iowa Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Iowa registered architects must complete a minimum of 24 continuing education hours (CEHs) every two-years by June 30th. Individuals with last names A-K must renew by June 30th of even-numbered years. Individuals with last names L-Z must renew by June 30th 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 Iowa architect license?


I have extra Iowa 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 Iowa of my architect continuing education?

It is the licensee’s responsibility to notify the state.  You must keep your records for at least 4 years. Architects Training Institute will store your records for 6-years at no extra cost.

Does Iowa offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, follow the instructions on the Iowa Architect Reciprocity page.

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

  1. Complete a reinstatement form. This form is found by logging on to the site.
  2. Pay the $200 renewal fee
  3. Pay the reinstatement fee: $100 plus $25 per month or partial month. (Maximum of $750)
  4. Submit evidence of completing 24-hours of continuing education.

Iowa Architectural Board 

200 E. Grand, Ste. 350
Des Moines, IA  50309

Lori SchraderBachar, Board Administrator: 515-725-9030
Jennifer Morrison, Licensing Specialist: 515-725-9021
Fax: 515-725-9032