Continuing Education Requirements by State

More than 40 jurisdictions require that architects complete continuing education to update their professional skills to renew their license while additional states are considering such requirements. Following is a summary of states requiring continuing education for architects, total continuing education hours required, health, safety, and welfare (HSW) continuing education hours required, and frequency of license renewal:

Note: You should check with your state board to find out the most current continuing education requirements and renewal dates.

State     Total Hours Requirements Cycle
Alabama  12 Hours 12 HSW Annual
Alaska 24 Hours 24 HSW Biennial
Arkansas 12 Hours 12 HSW Annual
California   5 Hours 5 Disability Access Biennial
Colorado 12 Hours 12 HSW Annual
Delaware 12 Hours 12 HSW Annual
District of Columbia 24 Hours 24 HSW Biennial
Florida 24 Hours 24 HSW Biennial
Georgia 24 Hours 16 HSW Biennial
Hawaii 16 Hours 16 HSW Biennial
Idaho 8 Hours 8 HSW Annual
Illinois 24 Hours 16 HSW Biennial
Indiana 24 Hours 16 HSW Biennial
Iowa 24 Hours 16 HSW Biennial
Kansas 30 Hours Non-HSW Accepted Biennial
Kentucky 12 Hours 8 HSW Annual
Louisiana 12 Hours 12 HSW Annual
Maryland 24 Hours 16 HSW Biennial
Massachusetts 12 Hours 8 HSW Annual
Minnesota 24 Hours 24 HSW Biennial
Michigan Pending * Pending * Pending *
Mississippi 12 Hours 12 HSW Annual
Missouri 24 Hours 16 HSW Biennial
Nebraska 24 Hours 16 HSW Biennial
Nevada 8 Hours 8 HSW Annual
New Hampshire 24 Hours   16 HSW Biennial
New Jersey 24 Hours 16 HSW Biennial
New Mexico 12 Hours 12 HSW Annual
New York 36 Hours 24 HSW Every 3 Years
North Carolina 12 Hours 12 HSW Annual
Ohio 12 Hours 12 HSW Annual
Oklahoma 24 Hours 24 HSW Biennial
Oregon 24 Hours 24 HSW Biennial
Puerto Rico 50 Hours 36 HSW Every 5 years
Rhode Island 24 Hours 16 HSW Biennial
South Carolina 24 Hours 24 HSW Biennial
South Dakota 12 Hours 12 HSW Annual
Tennessee 24 Hours 13 HSW Biennial
Texas 12 Hours 12 HSW Annual
Utah 12 Hours 12 HSW Annual
Vermont 24 Hours 24 HSW Biennial
Virginia 16 Hours Non-HSW Accepted Biennial
Washington 24 Hours 16 HSW Biennial
West Virginia 12 Hours 8 HSW Annual
Wisconsin 24 Hours 16 HSW Biennial 
Wyoming 16 Hours 16 HSW Biennial

* Pending - State has pass enabling legislation and regulations are being promulgated; please contact state board for current requirements.

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All Over the Map
If you have multiple architectural licenses, chances are you know how hard it can be to manage all of your continuing education requirements. NCARB is taking steps to encourage a uniform and universal continuing education requirement.

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