Continuing Education

The CES was developed by the AIA to promote ongoing professional learning and is mandatory for Architect Members to remain in good-standing with the organization. The CES requirement encourages the architect to stay current with their particular field of practice, master new knowledge and skills, plan for the future, and responsibly serve the public that seeks their professional services. The continuing education facet of membership also promotes the high ethical standards expected of AIA architects. Each hour of an activity counts as one learning unit (LU). Members can earn units by attending programs offered by AIA/CES Registered Providers or by reporting individual activities using a Self-Report Form. AIA members are required to satisfy a minimum of 18 LUs per year. Of this total, 12 must be a structured activity and meet the Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) criteria. Assoc. AIA and Emeritus members are not required to complete the AIA continuing education requirement. Members are able to roll-over a maximum of 18 LU Credits and 12 HSW credits from the current year to the following year after completing the yearly requirement for a specific credit designation. Credits cannot be carried over more than a year. Members’ transcripts can be reviewed online, and members can self-report online, by going to AIA CES Discovery. You will sign in with your user name and password.


Look for the AIA/CES logo to denote AIA CES programs. When you see the AIA/CES logo advertised in conjunction with our monthly programs, special events, and lunch and learns, you’ll know the specific program has been registered through the AIA CES system. If a program is registered, this means that all members who register and attend will have their time recorded for credit by the provider.