Texas Architect FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about Texas architect licensing and continuing education.

Texas Architect Renewal

Continuing Education Deadline: December 31st, annually

License Renewal Deadline: Last day of birth month, annually

State Required Continuing Education: 12 hrs in HSW subjects including 1 hr in Sustainable Design & 1 hr in Accessibility Standards

AIA Membership Continuing Education: 18 hrs annually, including 12 HSW

See Texas AIA Courses

Renewing Your License:

How do I renew my Texas architect license?

  1. Complete 12-hours of continuing education
  2. Renew your license online or by mail and pay the appropriate renewal fee
    $108 for residents | $200 for non-residents

What are the Texas continuing education requirements for architects?

Texas architects must complete a minimum of 12 HSW continuing education hours including 1 hour of Sustainable Design and 1 hour of Accessibility Standards each calendar year (January 1 through December 31). Licenses must be renewed by the last day of the licensee’s birth month annually.

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

Up to 12 hours not used for the current period may be carried over to the next period.  Hours may not be carried forward more than one year.

Can I take the same course that I took last year for this year’s CEPH requirement? What about self-directed study?

No. You cannot repeat anything you have taken in the last 3 years except for the Texas Accessibility Academy or another similar course offered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

Who notifies Texas of my completed architect continuing education?

Texas 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 5-years in case of an audit. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no extra cost.

Other documentation of continuing education includes but are not limited to: AIA transcripts, certificates of completion issued by the course provider, “sign-in” log provided directly by the course provider, and other correspondence or documentation provided directly by the course provider.

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 Texas architect license?


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

You may renew your license normally by paying a late fee. 

  • 1-90 days late: Residents-$160 | Non-residents-$300
  • 91 days-2 years late: Residents-$213 | Non-residents-$400
  • More than 2 years late: You must reapply for licensure

Getting a License:

How do I obtain a Texas architect license?

Architects may apply for licensure through examination or reciprocity

Does Texas offer architect reciprocity?

Yes, an individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB certificate may become registered in Texas. Follow this link to proceed:  http://www.tbae.state.tx.us/HowToApply/Architects_RegByReciprocity

State Contact Info:

Texas Board of Architectural Examiners
Physical Address:
333 Guadalupe Street
Suite 2-350
Austin, TX 78701-3942

Mailing Address:
PO Box 12337-2337
Austin, TX 78711-2337

Phone:  512-305-9000
Fax:  512-305-8900

Once I order the course, how long before I can start?

You may begin immediately! Simply click the Login button in the upper right-hand corner on your desktop or in the upper-right menu on mobile. Once you’ve entered your login and password, you will be taken to your courses. Follow the instructions and enjoy!

Once I start an online course, will I be able to start and stop at anytime?

Our courses are available online 24/7 and you are able to log in and log out at any time during the course. If you are going to be away from your computer for more than 10-15 minutes, simply log out. When you log back in, you will be able to re-enter the lesson you were last in.

How long do your continuing education courses take to complete?

Continuing education requirements vary by state. Each course lists a minimum number of credit hours required to complete the course.

How long do I have access to the courses?

We allow up to 6 months for you to complete the courses. During the six months you have unlimited, 24/7 access. If you need additional time, please contact our offices to arrange an extension (please note: a fee may apply).

Are there tests or quizzes in the courses?

Some states do require quizzes, these will be found at the end of lessons. You cannot fail a quiz, though, as you may take it as many times as required to pass!

Once I complete a course, can I still go back and review the lessons?

You are able to review the lessons at any time during the six months you’ll have access to the courses.