The life of an architect can get hectic. Between balancing multiple projects and communicating with clients, it can be difficult to find time to learn new skills or explore topics that interest you in your career. And that’s on top of regular career maintenance tasks, like meeting your annual continuing education requirement and renewing your license!
Thankfully, NCARB’s continuing education (CE) courses are designed so you don't have to choose between your schedule and meaningful professional development. With each online course worth .5 – 2.5 learning units (LU) each, you can receive expert instruction on some of the most pressing topics in practice. A new HSW-eligible course is added each month, offering the potential to meet all of your AIA or jurisdictional CE requirements for HSW courses from one source.
Sustainability is an essential subject in the AEC industry, and many practitioners would argue that it’s never been more important to grasp sustainable building practices and design concepts than it is today. Sometimes, the most sustainable choice is to reuse an existing building. To help support your professional growth in this area, we enlisted experts to create a course on adaptive reuse. Since it was released in 2021, NCARB’s Adaptive Reuse course has been completed by more than 2,000 professionals, earning an average review of 4.3/5.
"We must adapt to a world in which the climate is less predictable and, in many cases, less favorable than it has been in the past. We must reconsider the relationship between the natural and the built environment."
–Dena Prastos, AIA, NCARB
Accessibility in design is a CE topic required by some jurisdictions and critical to the initial and ongoing competency of all architects. It is also critical to the equity of the built environment. By taking the recently updated course “Barrier-Free Design and the 2010 ADA Standards,” you can learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), review current ADA standards, and learn from common accessibility mistakes made in new construction.
“NCARB's CE courses cover diverse topics that have tremendous relevance to contemporary practice. The modules are interesting and informative and not driven by any commercial agenda—just a sharing of knowledge.”
–Andrea Swartz, AIA, Associate Dean + Professor of Architecture | Ball State University | Estopinal College of Architecture + Planning
Because NCARB’s courses are entirely digital, you start earning CE credit at any time with three simple steps:
- Review your requirements—Use NCARB’s Licensing Requirements Tool to confirm the CE requirements for any jurisdictions where you’re licensed.
- Start your course—After browsing through our 100+ options on ce.ncarb.org, log into your NCARB Record to purchase and start your chosen course! Note: This process looks like a purchase transaction, but if you’re an NCARB Certificate holder or licensure candidate with an active NCARB Record, you will not be charged.
- Pass the open-book quiz—After you’ve read the material, you will take an online, open-book quiz. You’ll see your results immediately, and if you fail, you’ll have the option to retake the quiz. Once you pass, you can instantly print your certificate of completion.