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Colorado Architects

Requirements: 24 CEHs by October 31, 2015.

The Board will not pre-approve individual activities, courses, or programs. It is within the discretion of the Board to deny credit for any activity that does not meet the continuing education criteria.

Course Info:

Health, Safety and Welfare subjects are defined as technical and professional subjects, related to the practice of architecture, which the Board deems appropriate to safeguard the public. Such subjects include building design, environmental or land use analysis, life safety, architectural programming, site and soils analyses, accessibility, structural systems considerations, lateral forces, building codes, evaluation and selection of building systems, products or materials, construction methods, contract documentation, construction administration; and, professional ethics.

Acceptable Continuing Education Activities

The Board deems the following types of activities to be acceptable.

(a) Academic Coursework. One semester credit hour may be counted for a maximum of fifteen (15) PDUs. One quarter credit hour may be counted for a maximum of ten (10) PDUs. One semester credit hour for audited classes may be counted for a maximum of eight (8) PDUs; one quarter credit hour for audited classes may be counted for a maximum of five (5) PDUs. Academic coursework shall be completed at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university

(b) Certificate Programs

(c) In-house programs. These may be activities developed internally or externally, e.g. by employers or vendors.

(d) Lecture, Seminar, Workshop. HSW subjects for architects are offered by organizations such as NCARB, AIA, CSI,

(e) Research. PDUs are available for conducting professionally relevant research that is documented by publication of a journal article or writing of a technical or summary report. Credit for this activity cannot also be obtained for publishing.

(f) Teaching, presentations. PDUs shall be awarded for the initial class or presentation only. Credit is available for either teaching/presentation OR preparation.

(g) Publishing a relevant technical article, chapter, or book. These require placement in a journal, periodical, or book with a peer review process that is technically-oriented, not marketing-oriented.

(h) Self-Study – Structured. These may be printed or online materials, CDs or DVDs containing continuing education activities the architect completes individually.

(i) Mentoring programs require a formal contract between mentor and mentee with specific learning objectives, timeline, milestones, and reported outcomes. Formal mentoring programs are also available through associations, e.g. AIA, NCARB, NCEES, ACEC, CSI, and the USGBC.

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Colorado Architect Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

Do you report my results to the Colorado Board?

The way it works in Colorado, 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 Colorado architect license. We do not offer any classroom continuing education courses for Colorado 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 Colorado architect continuing education course will receive a certificate of completion. We can either email, mail, or fax the certificate to you.

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

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