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The continuing education requirements have changed. ­

  • Starting with the February 28, 2015 licensure renewal deadline, and going forward, all continuing education credits must be obtained no later than December 31 in the year prior to the renewal deadline.­ The next renewal cycle deadline is February 28, 2017 for continuing education credits obtained from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016.

  • On Nov. 21, 2012, Rule 61G1-24, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C), outlining the continuing education hours (CEH) requirements changed from 20 to 24 hours. ( 22 hours in health, safety and welfare related courses and 2 hours in the Florida Building Code Advanced Course). Information regarding the requirements can be found in the FAC and in the Architecture Continuing Education Handbook, click here.

  • When an architect renews their license for the February 28, 2019 deadline, he/she will attest to completing 24 continuing education hours from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017.­

  • The board no longer accepts optional self-directed study courses delivered by non-AIA providers.

Required by the Board of Architecture & Interior Design, all registered architects in Florida are to complete a minimum of 2 hours of an ADVANCED FBC course each biennium.




­ Reporting Date Requirement Health Safety & Welfare Hours Reporting Responsibility Self-Directed Self Report Carryover Credits
AIA 12/31 Annually 18 LUHs (Learning Unit Hours) 12 hours annually Registered CES Provider Yes, No HSW Yes Up to 18 LUHs annually
State of Florida 12/31 Biannually (even years) 24 CEHs (Continuing Education Hours)

22 CEHs Biannually

Plus 2 Hours of Advanced Florida Building Code

State Provider No Yes, as a part of the AIA/CES (CE System) No Carryover Allowed


Interaction Between the Two Systems

  • The state of Florida automatically accepts all registered and approved AIA courses.
  • AIA will accept all registered and approved courses by AIA Registered Providers (AIA Florida is a Registered Provider). Courses by non-AIA Providers or Self-Designed Activities can be submitted by using the AIA/CES Self-Report Form. The AIA/CES policy states that an architect can only take the same course from the same provider once every 3 years.
  • AIA Florida only registers its courses with the AIA and not with the state of Florida, since the state of Florida automatically accepts all AIA registered and approved courses.
  • AIA maintains a transcript for each member, which can be downloaded from the CES Discovery system.

There are no transcripts for the state. It is the responsibility of the Registered Providers for the state of Florida to report the participants CEHs to the state. All architects are responsible for retaining proof of participation in all CE courses in case of audit. All proof should be retained for three years following renewal.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Self Designed Activity and Self-Reported Programs?

Self-Designed Activity is an educational activity designed by the learner, such as reading, viewing videos and using CD-ROMS. It is not­ acceptable for HSW credit and recommended for a minimum of three hours. Self-Reported Program is a structured activity offered by non-AIA Registered Providers. Documentation of attendance/participation is required when reporting this as a state licensure requirement.

What qualifies for Health, Safety and Welfare?

Health is aspects of architecture that have salutary effects among users of buildings or sites and address environmental issues.

Safety is aspects of architecture intended to limit or prevent accidental injury or death among users of buildings or sites.

Welfare is aspects of architecture that engender positive emotional responses among, or enable equal access by, users of buildings or sites.

Is the 12 Hour HSW requirement in addition to the 18 LUHs for AIA?

No. Even though AIA records by Learning Unit Hours, they require that 12 hours of the 18 LUHs be in HSW.

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