The American Institute of Architects strives to provide valuable educational opportunities for designers, architects and building industry professionals. The DC Chapter offers a number of continuing education lectures, seminars and classes throughout the year. See upcoming events on the calendar.

AIA Continuing Education Requirements

AIA members must complete 18.0 learning units per calendar year. 12.0 of the total 18.0 LUs must be earned by attending Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) seminars. This is an increase from the previous requirement of 8.0 HSW LUs per calendar year.

At the December 2012 Annual Meeting of the AIA Board of Directors, the Sustainable Design (SD) Continuing Education Credit Requirement was terminated. Recognizing that sustainable design practices have become a mainstream design intention in the architectural community, the Board of Directors voted to allow the sustainable design education requirement to sunset at the end of calendar year 2012. As such, AIA members will no longer need to complete the sustainable design (SD) requirement to fulfill their AIA continuing education requirement.

Have I Met My Continuing Education Requirement?

Unsure of the exact number of LUs and HSWs you’ve earned so far? Click here, then follow the log-in instructions. Notice that you no longer use your AIA Member # to access your transcript.

Mandatory Continuing Education Requirement for Washington, DC Architects

Licensed architects in the District of Columbia must accumulate Learning Units (professional development units) in order to remain licensed in DC. A total of 24.0 Learning Units must be acquired each renewal period. All 24.0 Learning Units must be of HSW (Health, Safety & Welfare) designation. Of this 24.0, eight (8.0) can be earned by participation in unstructured  learning activities (i.e. online articles, self-reported activities); the remaining 16.0 must be earned in structured lectures, seminars or other educational events.

PLEASE NOTE: DCRA will accept AIA- and NCARB-approved online learning activities as structuredlearning activities. All non-AIA and non-NCARB online learning activities will be considered unstructuredlearning activities. 

For more information about DC licensure with the District of Columbia Board of Architecture and Interior Design, click here.

Online Credit Opportunities

This online course system features a selection of sessions from DesignDC 2015 and more on a variety of topics. Choose from historic preservation to modular construction, furniture to landscape performance, materials to leadership, and many other topics in between. Regular LUs and HSW|LUs available.