Maintaining a License
Each jurisdiction (the U.S. States and Territories) sets its own requirements for initial registration, maintaining a license and corporate practice. Because each jurisdiction may change its rules, statutes, and regulations at any time, it is always advisable to check with the individual architecture board of registration to verify registration requirements. There are no national requirements.
The majority of jurisdictions require continuing education to maintain licensure, and many more are expected to adopt mandatory continuing education. Requirements vary but usually involve the completion of a certain number of credits every year or two through seminars, workshops, formal university classes, conferences, self-study courses, or other sources. For a list of requirements by jurisdiction, please visit the AIA Web site.
Continuing education ensures that architects are up-to-date on building codes, construction materials, health issues, design techniques, business management practices (accounting, sales and marketing, writing contracts, etc.) and understanding the constantly changing needs and wants of their customers. Most importantly, the requirements focus on topics directly related to the public's health, safety and welfare. Educational programs and publications are offered by organizations like The American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, publishers of the leading architecture magazines, city/county/state agencies, colleges and others.
Each Jurisdiction Is Different
Each jurisdiction sets its own requirements for education, internship, examination, registration, maintaining a license and corporate practice.
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