NCARB Member Boards Pass New Continuing Education Standards

11 July 2011

Washington, DC—NCARB’s 54 U.S. Member Boards overwhelmingly passed by resolution significant changes to the continuing education requirements outlined in the NCARB Model Law and Model Regulations at the 92nd NCARB Annual Meeting and Conference in June. The revision to Model Law and Model Regulations establishes the recommended standard that Member Boards require 12 continuing education hours (CEH) in health, safety, and welfare (HSW) subjects each calendar year.

“NCARB has laid the ground work for monumental change for the continuing education system that currently exists in the 54 jurisdictions,” said 2010-2011 NCARB President Kenneth J. Naylor, AIA, NCARB, Hon. RAIC. “This resolution will lead to greater standardization of continuing education requirements; improved course content and quality; and simplified record keeping processes for Member Boards, while easing the burden on practitioners licensed in multiple jurisdictions,” said Naylor.

Currently, 46 jurisdictions have different continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Of the 46 jurisdictions, 32 require an average of 12 hours per year. However, these hours are often tied to a renewal date, which varies greatly among jurisdictions. The resolution resolves this by recommending that jurisdictions separate the CE reporting period—using a calendar year—from the license renewal cycle.

“Last year revealed a grassroots desire to bring order out of the chaos related to the widely varied and convoluted continuing education requirements that presently exist,” said Naylor. “Never before has NCARB acted so quickly on an issue of this magnitude.”

The resolution was based on recommendations from the Council’s Committee on Professional Development, the Member Board Executives Committee, and the Committee on Procedures and Documents. Changes include a definition for continuing education, standardized terminology, a revised definition of structured educational activities, and the removal of acceptance of individually planned educational activities.

The next vital step to streamline continuing education requirements is for individual jurisdictions to adopt and implement the newly revised standard. Over 30 jurisdictions have the ability to change their rules and/or requirements related to continuing education without an act of legislation. NCARB has pledged any assistance necessary to support the jurisdictions in order to facilitate this standardization of requirements.

You can read Resolution 2011-01 in its entirety as well as all the resolutions passed at NCARB’s Annual Meeting at


The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural
registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.


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