Virginia Architects Continuing Education Requirements

Total State Hours: 16-Hours of Continuing Education
Total AIA Membership Hours: 18 Annually, including 12 HSW

Renewal Deadline: End of the Month of Original Licensure
Years: Every Two-Years

How do I renew my Virginia architect license?

  1. Complete 16-hours of continuing education
  2. Renew your license online by paying the renewal fee

What are Virginia's continuing education guideline requirements?

Architects in Virginia are required to complete 16-hours of continuing education every two years by the end of the original licensure month.

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 Virginia architect license?


I have extra Virginia 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 Virginia of my architect continuing education?

Virginia 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 3-years in case of said audit. Architects Training Institute will store your records for 6-years at no extra cost.

Does Virginia offer architect reciprocity?

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


Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA Board) Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233 

Licensing Section: 804-367-8506
Board Office: 804-367-8514
Fax: 866-465-6206