Continuing Education

The AIA Continuing Education System is designed to assist the architect in maintaining competence and achieving professional goals. The requirement applies to full AIA members only. Associate and Emeritus members are encouraged to participate but are exempt from the requirement. All members are exempt during their first calendar year of membership.


AIA measures continuing education in Learning Units (LUs). One hour of continuing education earns one LU. AIA Architect members are required to complete 18 LUs from registered AIA/CES providers each year. Of the 18 LUs, 12 must be in the topic areas of health, safety and welfare (HSW).

To maintain their active status, members are required to earn 18 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) per calendar year of which 12 must be Health, Safety, and Welfare learning. The minimum program length is one hour of actual learning time.

For more information on continuing education requirements, click here

Health Safety & Welfare (HSW)
These programs are defined as those that relate to the structure or soundness of a building site. This requirement is based in states having the power to grant professional licensure as a means of protecting the life, safety and welfare of the public. Examples would be programs on nontoxic building materials, sprinkler systems, uses of natural light, ventilation and provisions for users with disabilities. 

Registered Provider Programs
Members receive credits by attending programs presented by AIA Registered Providers. Registered providers are those AIA components, private vendors, educational institutions and other associations that have pre-approved their programs for CES learning units with AIA National. It is highly recommended members keep records of the courses attended, including course title, number, date, program provider and contact information for future reference. Click here to visit the events page for a listing of local programs.

Credit for LEED Certification
If you studied on your own and took the exam you may self report that time online as a self-designed activity (research). Since it was not structured and presented to you by a third party, it will not be eligible for HSW credit. If you took a class from an organization that was not an AIA/CES Registered Provider then you may self-report the class as a structured activity program. This type of activity will be eligible for HSW credit. If the program was presented by an AIA/CES Registered Provider then the program provider is responsible for the submission of your activities to AIA/CES Records.

Credit for Teaching
Members who present a program or class, serve on a panel or give a speech of one hour or longer can self-report the program for credit as a Structured/Self-Reported Program by completing an online self- report form. Members can file for HSW credits for the program if appropriate. Members can self-report the research and preparation time for presentations, speeches, programs and classes they teach. This research must be reported as a Self-Designed Activity and, regardless of the topic, will not qualify for HSW credits. The AIA allows a maximum of 10 CEH hours of research for each hour of presentation time. Members must select just one of the above described options, either teaching credit (Structured/Self-Reported Program) or research (Self-Designed Activity) for a presentation, program, speech or class. Full-time university faculty cannot apply for credit for a course that is part of their regular curriculum workload. They can apply for credit if the course or program is "outside" of their normal assignments. Part-time faculty can apply for credits for any course taught once every three years.

Non-compliance & AIA Audits
Member transcripts are randomly selected for review throughout the year to ensure compliance. An audit of members' transcripts is done in January for the previous year. A member who was audited and found not to be in compliance with the annual requirement will be notified by AIA National and given the opportunity to report activities completed the previous year. These retroactively reported credits (deficit credits) will be posted in the year in which completed and automatically be applied to the year the member was found not to be in compliance. It is the responsibility of the member to regularly check his/her transcript to ensure compliance.


  • AIA Philadelphia: Julianne Foley; 215-569-3186, ext. 101; [email protected]
  • AIA National: 1-800-242-3837, option 3
  • Online: AIA National website: You can view your transcript, self-report programs, submit program evaluations, and download forms on AIA National's website. The AIA website provides up-to- date information on state Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) requirements, lists AIA Certified Providers and accredited programs, contains a listing of eClassroom courses, offers an extensive "frequently asked questions," and the CES Survival Guide. We urge you to visit the website often and refer to it for any information.
  • For help with submitting a program and writing learning objectives: Click here.

Conferences / Programs

The Forum on Architecture + Design is the rebranded educational and expo event that is replacing the previous Design on the Delaware conference. The Forum is focused on curating multidisciplinary educational content for designers, civic leaders, product manufacturers, technology providers, and real estate developers - all the industries that contribute to shaping our built environment. The Forum on Architecture + Design will take place at Convene Cityview on October 2-4, 2019.

ProCon Continuing Education Conferences
Each year, AIA Philadelphia offers the Procrastinators Professional Conference in November or December. These one-day events offer 6 to 7.5 AIA CES Continuing Education hours.

A'19: AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 will be held in Las Vegas, June 6-8, 2019.

Managing Transcripts
To access your transcript online, click here. Official CES transcripts are available upon request. A hard copy of the transcript can be emailed to a non-member upon request. Please note that a $10 per copy fee will be assessed.