Tennessee Architects Continuing Education Requirements

Total State Hours:

1st Renewal - 12-hours including 7-hours in HSW.
Subsequent renewals - 24-hours including 13-hours in HSW

Total AIA Membership Hours: 18 Annually, including 12 HSW

Renewal Deadline: The end of the month of initial licensure
Years: Every Two-Years

How do I renew my Tennessee architect license?

  1. Complete the appropriate continuing education
  2. Renew your license online by paying the $140 renewal fee

What are the Tennessee Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

1st Renewal: Tennessee architects must complete a minimum of 12 continuing education hours including 7-hours of HSW by the end of the month two-years after licensure.
Subsequent Renewals: Tennessee architects must complete a minimum of 24-hours of continuing education including 13-hours of HSW by the end of the month two-years after licensure.

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 Tennessee architect license?


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

Yes, you may carry over up to 12 hours of continued education. 

Who notifies Tennessee of my architect continuing education?

Tennessee 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 4-years in case of an audit. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no extra cost.

Does Tennessee offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in Tennessee. Follow the instructions found under Registration by Comity to proceed.


Tennessee Board of Architectural & Engineering Examiners

Physical Address:
710 James Robertson Pkwy, 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Mailing Address:
500 James Robertson Pkwy
Nashville, TN 37243-1142

Phone: 615-741-3221
Toll-Free: 1-800-256-5758
Fax: 615-532-9410
Website:  http://www.tn.gov/regboards/ae/index.shtml