Washington D.C. Architects Continuing Education Requirements

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

Renewal Deadline: April 30th
Years: Even-Numbered Years

How do I renew my Washington D.C. architect license?

At least sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of a license, you will be sent a renewal application by first class mail to the holder of a license at the licensee’s known address on record with the Board.

What are the Washington D.C. Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Architects in Washington D.C. are required to complete 24-hours HSW of continuing education by April 3oth of even-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 Washington D.C. architect license?


I have extra Washington D.C. 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 Washington D.C. of my architect continuing education?

Architects in Washington D.C. must submit their own continuing education certificates. Architects Training Institute provides printable certificates upon course completion and stores your continuing education records for 6-years at no additional cost.

District of Columbia Board of Architecture and Interior Design

1100 4th Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

Phone: 202-442-4320
Fax: 202-698-4329
Website:  http://www.vue.com/dc/arch_intdes/

Program Liaison: Leon W. Lewis, Leon.Lewis@dc.gov
Board Administrator: Jason Sockwell, Jason.Sockwell@dc.gov