Continuing Education

Continuing education is required by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners and American Institute of Architects to ensure that all architects stay current with regulation and industry changes, and to guarantee safe, sustainable design.

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Continuing Education Requirements

AIA Membership

The American Institute of Architects' Continuing Education System (CES) emphasizes learning that was developed for and by AIA, which records professional learning as a mandatory requirement for architect membership.

AIA members are required to complete 12 hours of health, safety, and welfare (HSW) education; the total number of continuing education hours required is 18. In the past, members were required to complete four (4) sustainable design hours, but this credit requirement is no longer in place.

For more information, visit AIA's CES Member FAQs page (login required).

Licensure in Texas

All registrants must complete at least 12 continuing education program hours (CEPH) per renewal period. All 12 CEPH must include the study of subjects related to your profession and be pertinent to the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

    • At least one of the 12 hours must be related to sustainable or energy-efficient design.
    • At least one of the 12 hours must be related to barrier-free design.
    • At least eight of the 12 hours must be structured activities (classroom/classroom equivalent).
    • A maximum of four (4) hours may be self-directed.

For more information, visit the Continuing Education Requirements page of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, or call or call TBAE at 512.305.9000.