South Carolina 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: Odd-Numbered Years

How do I renew my South Carolina architect license?

  1. Complete 24-hours of continuing education
  2. Renew your license online by paying the $115 renewal fee

What are the South Carolina Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

South Carolina architects must complete a minimum of 24 HSW continuing education hours 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 South Carolina architect license?


I have extra South 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 South Carolina of my architect continuing education?

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

Does South Carolina offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in South Carolina. Follow this link to proceed:

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


The state will provide a late renewal application after the renewal deadline has passed. You will have to pay a varying late fee depending on when your license expired.

SC State Board of Architectural Examiners

Synergy Business Park
Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr
Columbia, SC 29210

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Phone: 803-896-4300