New York Architects Continuing Education Requirements

Total State Hours: 36-hours including 24-hours in HSW subjects. Only 18-hours can be completed online.
Total AIA Membership Hours: 18 Annually, including 12 HSW

Renewal Deadline: Last day of the month preceding their birthday.
Years: Every Three-Years

How do I renew my New York architect license?

  1. Complete 36-hours of continuing education
  2. If you have less than 5 months left in your current registration period, you can pay with a Visa, MasterCard or Amercian Express Card and you have the seven character PIN you can Renew your license online
    If you do not meet the above qualifications you must request a paper renewal form by emailing Include your profession and license number.
  3. Pay the $242 renewal fee at the time of renewal.

What are the New York Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Architects in New York must complete 36-hours of continuing education including 24-hours of HSW every three years by the end of the month preceding their birthday. A maximum of 18-hours of continuing education may be completed online each renewal cycle.

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 New York architect license?


I have extra New York 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 New York of my architect continuing education?

It is the licensee’s responsibility to notify the State. You must maintain your continuing education records for 6-years. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no additional cost.

NY State Education Department Office of the Professions State Board for Architecture

89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000

Phone: 518-474-3817, ext. 1110
Fax: 518-486-2981

Business Hours: 8:30 am – 4:45 pm EST, Monday – Friday