AIA Virginia offers various programs throughout the year to provide members and non-members alike opportunities to learn about the latest in techniques, materials, building codes, business practices, etc. AIA Virginia sponsored programs are all approved by the AIA for CES Learning Units.

See upcoming CES Code and Business Seminars and Events

AIA and state requirements for continuing education

Licensed architects must earn continuing education credits each year to fulfill AIA membership requirements. You may also need to complete continuing education requirements to renew your state license(s). Architects in Virginia are required to complete 16-hours of continuing education every two years by the end of the original licensure month.

If you’re working on getting licensed, some AIA-approved courses count toward the experience requirement for licensure.

We offer a variety of ways to earn continuing education credits that make meeting your goals and licensing requirements interesting and convenient. And, the AIA’s  transcript service makes it easy to track your progress.

Learn in all kinds of settings—from taking tours, participating  to taking interactive courses through AIAU, AIA National’s online continuing education center.

Annual benchmarks

AIA measures continuing education in Learning Units (LUs). One hour of continuing education earns one LU. AIA Architect members are required to complete 18 LUs from registered AIA/CES providers each year. Of the 18 LUs, 12 must be in the topic areas of health, safety and welfare (HSW).

Make sure to get credit

Look for AIA-approved providers to earn LUs that apply to your AIA requirements. When you take a course, provide your AIA member number and we’ll automatically update your AIA member transcript.

Most state licensing boards accept the AIA transcript as verification that you have completed continuing education courses. Check with your state licensing board for any specific requirements for license renewal.

Check your requirements

New member, Associate, Allied, or Emeritus? Check here for the specific requirements that apply to your membership.