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The AIA Continuing Education System

The AIA plays an active role in the continuing education of its members. Through the AIA Continuing Education Systems (AIA/CES), we aim to provide the best available professional development opportunities to our membership and related industry professionals. This firmly established learning network allows members to fulfill education requirements necessary to maintain AIA membership and meet any mandatory continuing education requirements for license renewal.

All active AIA members must successfully complete 18 learning unit (LU) hours each year. Of those 18 LU hours, at least eight (12) LUs must relate to health, safety and/or welfare (HSW). As a first step to learn more, read answers to frequently asked questions about AIA CES requirements. Additional information regarding AIA Continuing Education, Learning Units, Health Safety and Welfare (HSW) and Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) coming soon!

AIA Alaska provides CE events for our members throughout the year, through monthly Section events, at the annual State Convention, and by sponsoring special events such as Alaska Design Forum lectures. Whether you are an Architect, Associate, Student, Allied Member or prospective continuing education provider, the staff of AIA Alaska look forward to working with you to bring and deliver quality education to the local design community. We welcome your participation and involvement.

Mandatory continuing education requirements for Alaska licensed architects

Beginning in 2010, requirements for renewal will include 24 hours of continuing education. &welfare.

Schooling: For members of the public who are interested in learning about architecture schools and how to become a licensed architect, visit our Find an Architect section of our web site which includes articles on what an architect can do for you, and links to public resources. The AIA has published a short but informative brochure called Architecture Careers. This brochure gives you a quick look at architecture, career options, professional education, internship, licensing and continued education. Click here for a pdf file of the brochure that can be printed. is a great and informative web site that can be utilized in the search on how to become an architect. It is a resource of AIAS and AIA. This web site is a gateway to the profession that will introduce you to the "Three E's" of architecture: Education, Experience and Examination. Whether you are a high school student, a parent, a university student or an intern, these are the three core principles of the architecture profession. Click here to find out more on how this web site can help you in your search to become an architect.

Visit the State of Alaska's Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors (AELS) for specific information on how to become licensed in Alaska.


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