The AIA Continuing Education System

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The AIA plays an active role in the continuing education of its members. We aim to provide the best available professional opportunities to our membership and related industry professionals. Explore this section to learn more about continuing your education.

Texas Licensed architects are required to complete twelve (12) hours of continuing education each calendar year (based on your birthday) all related to health, safety and/or welfare (HSW) of the public.

  • At least one of the twelve hours must be realated to sustainable energy-efficient design
  • At least one of the twelve hours must be related to barrier-free deisgn
  • At least eight of the twelve hours must be structured activities (classroom/classroom equivalent)
  • A maximum of four hours may be self-directed.

Your state hours are not in addition to AIA hours. Learn more about State licensing requirements, click here.

How Many Credits Do I Need?

AIA architect members are required to complete 18 learning unit (LU) hours of continuing education per year for membership renewal. Of those 18 LU hours, at least 8 hours must be in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) topics.

There are three types of AIA CES provider course learning units:

  • General LUs (abbreviated as LU)
  • Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) LUs (abbreviated as LU/HSW) Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) Guidelines
  • Sustainable Design (SD) LUs (abbreviated as LU/HSW/SD) Sustainable Design (SD) Guidelines


AIA national offices manage all membership CE records. To obtain a copy of your transcript, click here. With questions about CE Credits for a class offered by AIA Dallas call 214-742-3242 or email