Updates to NCARB’s Continuing Education Program

NCARB is making several changes to its continuing education (CE) monographs to align with new updates from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Learning Unit Values

In October 2018, the AIA revised its CE program requirements to provide an increased focus on the quality of education and an emphasis on the Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) topics. These revisions have implemented new, more rigorous standards for calculating the Learning Units (LU) available for CE courses. As a result, as NCARB renews each of our individual monograph courses, the value in AIA Learning Units may increase or decrease. 

How does this affect you?

  • If you are currently reading one of NCARB’s Monographs, the AIA Learning Units available for the course may be different after September 1, 2019.
  • If you downloaded a course whose value is changing, you will be able to take the quiz for the LU value that was listed at the time you downloaded it, as long as you complete the quiz by September 1, 2019.
  • Learning Units earned prior to or on September 1, 2019, will not be affected by changes to the learning units available after September 1, 2019.

Discontinuing Long-Format Monographs

In addition, long-format monographs—both digital and hardcopy—will no longer be available for continuing education credit after September 1, 2019. NCARB will not accept quizzes for long-format monographs taken after this date. This change will help ensure continuing education courses are up-to-date as NCARB works to deliver quality CE materials for our Certificate holders and customers. 

Existing stock of hardcopy monographs will remain available as reference material, but will no longer be eligible for CEH credit. These books are available for free for our Record holders with a $20 fee (plus tax) for shipping and handling. All courses currently offered as long-format digital monographs are already available as digital mini-monographs.

Free Continuing Education

NCARB offers free CE courses to NCARB Certificate holders and licensure candidates who have a current NCARB Record. Mini-monographs offer architects an independent, cost-effective way to earn continuing education hours in HSW at their own convenience. Each mini-monograph includes a short article and related quiz, offering 1 to 2.5 AIA LUs, most of which are HSW. Learn more.

Continuing Education Guidelines

To help licensing boards, architects, CE providers, and CE accreditors better understand what qualifies for HSW credit, NCARB recently released new Continuing Education Guidelines. The document outlines the subjects or topics that learning programs must address to be considered HSW CE.

Editor's Note: NCARB's Monograph Series was renamed the Continuum Education Program in early 2020.