Massachusetts Architect License Renewal – COVID-19 Update & FAQ’s

Normally, Massachusetts architects must renew their licenses annually by August 31st. But, with Massachusetts still in a state of emergency due to COVID-19, that deadline is extended to 90 days after the state of emergency is lifted. No matter the deadline, here are answers to your frequently asked questions about architect license renewal in your state.


When does my Massachusetts architect license expire?

Licenses expire on August 31st every year

In March 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed an executive order that changed the renewal deadline. With Massachusetts still in a state of emergency due to COVID-19, the new deadline is extended to 90 days after the state of emergency is lifted.

How do I renew my Massachusetts architect license?

The state sends renewal notices prior to expiration. Your license renewal form will have a check-off required which certifies that the renewing architect has met the CE requirements. A random audit will be performed after the renewals are received.

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 Massachusetts architect license?

Yes.

What are the Massachusetts architect continuing education requirements?

Massachusetts architects must complete:

  • Total State Hours: 12 HSW Hours
  • Total AIA Membership Hours*: 18 Annually, including 12 HSW

*Your AIA hours also fulfill your state requirements

I'm an AIA member, 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).

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

No, learning units must be completed in their respective cycle.

Who notifies Massachusetts of my architect continuing education completion?

It is the licensee’s responsibility to notify the state. You must keep your records for at least two (2) years. Random audits are conducted after renewal application is received. Architects Training Institute will store your records for 6-years at no extra cost.

How do I contact the Massachusetts Architectural Board with further questions?

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Architects

1000 Washington Street, 7th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02118-6100
Phone: 617-701-8690
Fax: 617-727-9932


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