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Continuing Education

About Continuing Education

To maintain a Rhode Island architect license, and also AIA membership, Architects are required to earn a certain number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per year.  Both NCARB and the RI Board of Examination and Registration of Architects refer to these units as Continuing Education Hours (CEH); the AIA refers to these units as Learning Units (LUs). For simplicity, this site calls them CEUs.  Some CEUs are specifically designated as HSW (Health, Safety, Wealfare), which means they include topics that relate to the structural integrity and soundness of a building or a building site. Course content must focus on protecting the general public.

  • For Licensure - Rhode Island requires 12 CEU of which 12 must be HSW; for information on the requirements to maintain an architect license in other jurisdictions click here.
  • For membership - AIA/ AIA Rhode Island requires - 18 LUs of which 12 must be HSW. (Note: Assoc. AIA members do not hold a license, and are not required to earn LUs)


Earning and Tracking CEUs

AIA Rhode Island offers numerous opportunities throughout the year for Architects to earn CEUs.  Please join our mailing list to receive updates on opportunities, and look on the Chapter Calendar here for upcoming events.  AIA members (AIA and Associ. AIA) are provided a free transcript service to manage earned CEUs, making printable transcripts readily available in the event of an audit. That's not all . . .

AIAU provides online opportunities to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in core competencies including Design, Practice and Building Science.  

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Self Reporting

AIA Continuing Education Resources

RI Board of Examination and Registration of Architects

Proof of Compliance

The licensure board or its designee may randomly audit licensees to ensure compliance. An architect who is audited will be notified in writing, and will be required to provide written documentation of the continuing education units earned for the two (2) year period at issue.

The Board may decline to renew a registration if the architect's professional development activities do not meet the standards set forth in the Board's regulations.

The Board may require the architect who cannot produce such documentation to develop and complete a specific corrective action plan within 90 days, prior to approval of renewal.