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California Architects

Basic Requirements

As part of the license renewal process, SB 1608 dictates that a California architect must:

  1. Certify on the license renewal application that he or she has completed the required five hours of coursework on disability access requirements within the previous two years.
  2. Provide information about the coursework on the renewal application, indicating the course title, subjects covered, name of provider and trainer or educator, date of completion, number of hours completed, and a statement about the trainer or educator’s knowledge and experience background in disability access requirements.

California architects

Coursework Requirements

The bill specifies that licensees complete five hours of coursework on disability access requirements within the previous two years. The coursework on disability access requirements must include information and practical guidance concerning the requirements imposed by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336; 42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.), state laws that govern access to public facilities, and federal and state regulations adopted pursuant to those laws.

The coursework must also be presented by trainers or educators with knowledge and background experience in disability access requirements. The Board does not have the authority to approve course providers or courses.

Coursework on disability access requirements is available from a variety of sources. Below are some of the sources to assist architects in finding courses. However, the Board does not endorse any specific course or provider. Other providers are available, including online providers. When selecting a course, be sure to choose a course with content that meets the requirements described above. Verify that the material is presented by trainers or educators with knowledge and experience background in disability access requirements.

Board website:

New Course Available

PDH Academy has a brand new 5-hour course for the 2018-2019 continuing education renewal cycle titled “California Disability Access”. Our AIA approval number for this course is AIAPDH155. Click here to view the new course.

Got more questions about continuing education for California architects? Read on.

I’m an AIA member. Do you report my continuing education hours to the AIA?

Yes. If you are an AIA member, we report all continuing education hours to the AIA after you complete your continuing education with us.

Do you report my results to the California Board?

In California, you will renew your license and check the box letting them know you completed your mandatory architect continuing education. If the board audits you, they will ask you to provide your certificates of completion for your architect continuing education courses.

Do you offer any architect continuing education training that is not online or correspondence?

We offer online and correspondence continuing education to renew your California architect license. We do not offer any classroom continuing education courses for California architects. We find that most students prefer to complete their continuing education online on their computer, smartphone, or tablet – or out of our course booklet.

Do you provide me with a certificate of completion when I finish your continuing education course?

Yes, all graduates of our California architect continuing education course will receive a certificate of completion. We can either email, mail, or fax the certificate to you.

I also have an architect license outside of California. Are your courses approved for states outside of California?

Yes. All of our courses are approved and accepted in all 50 states.

What if I still have questions about completing my California architect continuing education courses?

No problem. Just call our continuing education specialists at (888)564-9098 or email us at

To get started on your continuing education courses as a California architect, simply choose from available PDH courses for architects today!