Washington Architects Continuing Education Requirements

Total State Hours: 24-Hours including 16-Hours in HSW subjects
Total AIA Membership Hours: 18 Annually, including 12 HSW

Renewal Deadline: Licensee's Birthday
Years: Every Two-Years

How do I renew my Washington architect license?

  1. Complete 24 HSW hours of continuing education
  2. Renew your license online & pay the $99 renewal fee.

What are the Washington Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Architects in Washington are required to complete 24-hours of continuing education including 16-hours in HSW subjects every two years on the licensee's birthday.

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 Washington architect license?

Yes.

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

Yes, if you earn more than 24 PDH in the 2nd half of your license period, up to 12 of the extra hours can be carried over to the following 2-year license period.

What type of course is this: “Organized” or “Home Study”?

Organized: Our courses are “organized” online courses due to their built in accountability features such quizzes and behind the scenes timing features which provide proof of your participation. Completion of the course then triggers access to the “print certificate” button to provide a certificate authenticating course hours and supplying information for your records and the State of Washington, should it be needed. This style of study has no limit for each cycle.

Home Study: Activities in “Home Study” references the hours spent in actions such as picking up a book on architecture and reading it. This style of study has a limit of 8 hours per cycle.

Who notifies Washington of my architect continuing education?

Licensees will not be required to send in proof of continuing education activities to the Department of Licensing when renewing a license. However, a licensee must maintain records of continuing education hours earned for 5 consecutive years for audit purposes. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no additional cost.

Does Washington offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in Washington. Follow this link to get started: http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/architects/getlicense-reciprocity.html

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

You may renew your license normally but you will have to pay an additional $33 late fee.

Washington State Board for Architects – Department of Licensing

Mailing address:
PO Box 9045
Olympia, WA 98507

Physical location:
405 Black Lake Blvd SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Website: http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/architects/architectboard.html
Phone: 360-664-1388
Fax: 360-570-7098
Email: architects@dol.wa.gov

Office hours:
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.