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Continuing Education

What is NCARB’s Monograph Series?

NCARB’s Monograph Series is a collection of self-study resources by experts in the profession. By reading our monographs and taking an online quiz, you can earn continuing education hours in HSW from the comfort of your home. The monographs are always free for NCARB Certificate holders and licensure candidates with an active NCARB Record.

What is health, safety, and welfare (HSW)?

Many U.S. licensing boards, as well as the AIA, require architects to earn continuing education hours (CEH) in topic areas of Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) every year. All  NCARB Monographs meet HSW requirements. Find out if your board requires CEH in HSW through our  Licensing Requirements Tool.

How many CEH does my jurisdiction require for licensure renewal?

Most of the 55 jurisdictions require architects to earn CEH before each license renewal. Find out if your board requires CEH through our  Licensing Requirements Tool.

How do I take a monograph quiz?

You can take a monograph quiz by following these simple steps:

  1. Login to your NCARB Record.
  2. Click “Go” next to Monographs.
  3. Sometimes you may need to “Log in” a second time on the monograph page. If this is necessary, there will be a “log in” button next to the course you’d like to take.
  4. Select the “My Monographs” tab at the top. You will see a list of your downloaded courses. Select the “take a quiz” button next to the course name.

You’ll see your results immediately and will have the option to either print your certificate of completion or retake the quiz. Your passing score is automatically reported to the AIA.

How do I keep track of my LUs or CEHs?

While NCARB does not keep track of learning units or continuing education hours in your Record, we will automatically report passing monograph scores to the AIA at no charge.

How do I download a monograph?
  1. Login to your NCARB Record.
  2. Click “Go” next to Monographs.
  3. Sometimes you may need to “Log in” a second time on the monograph page. If this is necessary, there will be a “log in” button next to the course you’d like to select.
  4. Pick the course you’d like to read and select “Purchase.” 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
Do I need to complete Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) to renew my NCARB Certificate?

You do  not  need to complete any continuing education hours or learning units to renew your NCARB Certificate.

Can I take a monograph and mini-monographs on the same topic?

If you completed a quiz on one of our former long-format digital or hardcopy Monographs, you cannot take a quiz on the same subject in short-format “mini” Monographs, which are adapted from the same material.

What are continuing education hours (CEH)?

One continuing education hour (CEH) equals one hour in an education program—such as  NCARB’s Monograph Series. The AIA refers to CEHs as learning units (LUs). Continuing education hours are required by most jurisdictions to renew your license.

How long do I have to pass a monograph quiz?

After you download your monograph, you’ll have two years and two opportunities to finish the quiz. If you would like to re-take the quiz for a third time, please contact our Customer Relations team at 202-879-0520. Subsequent retakes cost $25 each.

While quiz availability may change over time, courses approved for AIA learning units are generally available for three years after initial publication. Availability may be extended for select courses. It is our goal to provide two months’ advance notice before retiring any monographs.