AIA & State Requirements for Continuing Education
Members are required to earn 18 Learning Units (LU) per calendar year. Of those 18 LU, 12 must be Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW). A member who exceeds the annual requirement may carry up to 18 LU hours (including 12 hours of HSW) over to the following calendar year. You will also need to complete continuing education requirements to renew your state of Colorado license(s).
AIA measures continuing education in Learning Units (LUs). One hour of continuing education earns one LU. AIA Architect members are required to complete 18 LUs from registered AIA/CES providers each year. Of the 18 LUs, 12 must be in the topic areas of health, safety and welfare (HSW).
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State of Colorado Requirements
All licensed architects in the State of Colorado are required to obtain 12.0 Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) Continuing Education Hours per calendar year, for a total of 24 HSW hours per two-year license renewal period.
Carryover of hours between calendar years is not permitted, per the State of Colorado continuing education requirements. License renewal applications are due October 31 every other year in odd-numbered years, however you have the full calendar year to complete your 12 hours of required continuing education.
Colorado requires that you retain records of your completed hours. If you are audited by the State, you must provide proof that you have complied with the continuing education requirements outlined in the AES Bylaws and Rules and you will be required to submit completed documentation for each course showing that you retained the material presented. Proof of retention has been defined by the Board as proof of exam, quiz or test scores or the Board’s Continuing Education Structured Report Form. See Board Rule 188.8.131.52.2.9.
TIP – AIA members, login to aia.org and click on each completed course named in your CE transcript for a course description to help you fill out required information on the Continuing Education Structured Report Form. Have questions? Visit the State Board of Licensure’s FAQ page or the AES Bylaws and Rules, Section 4.9.3. You can also view this DORA presentation, which gives an overview of Board Rule 4.9.3.
AIA vs. State of Colorado Requirements
Number of Credits Required per Calendar Year
AIA Membership Requirements: 18 Learning Units (LU) (12 HSW LU + 6 LU)
CO Architect License Requirements: 12 HSW Continuing Education Hours (CEH) defined in the Board Rules document
Renewal Period Expiration
AIA Membership Requirements: Dec. 31 of each year (membership)
CO Architect License Requirements: Oct. 31 of each odd numbered year (license)
Time Period to Earn CEH
AIA Membership Requirements: Per Calendar Year
CO Architect License Requirements: Per Calendar Year
AIA Membership Requirements: Up to 18 CEH/12 HSW
CO Architect License Requirements: None
AIA Membership Requirements: Refer to the AIA CES Member FAQ’s for more information.
CO Architect License Requirements: Refer to Board rule 184.108.40.206.2 and the AIA and State Requirements. Most questions can be answered by reading these resources.
AIA: AIA Colorado | 303.446.2266
Colorado: Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors. Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, email@example.com | 303-894-7800