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Illinois Architects

Requirements: 24 hours by November 30th even years.  Of the 24 hours, a minimum of 16 hours must be HSW related.

All 24 hours can be taken in online courses. Courses registered with the AIA are automatically accepted for continuing education credit.

Course Info:

The following types of activities may qualify to fulfill the requirement for a minimum of 16 contact hours to be acquired in structured educational activities (all 24 hours may be acquired in such activities):

  1. Contact hours in attendance at short courses or seminars, dealing with architectural subjects and sponsored by colleges or universities.
  2. Contact hours in attendance at presentations on architectural subjects that are held in conjunction with meetings, conferences or conventions of architect professional organizations recognized by the Department to the extent that contact hours are credited only to that portion of the meeting, conference or convention that comprises the educational program.
  3. Contact hours in attendance at short courses or seminars, relating to professional practice or new technology and offered by colleges, universities, professional organizations or system suppliers.
  4. Teaching or instructing an architectural course, seminar, lecture, presentation or workshop shall constitute 3 contact hours for each hour spent in the actual presentation. Teaching credit shall be valid for the initial presentation only. Teaching credit shall not apply to faculty teaching regularly scheduled curriculum courses at a college, university or other educational institution.
  5. Contact hours spent in architectural research that is published or is formally presented to the profession or public.
  6. Successfully completing structured architectural self-study courses, presented by correspondence, Internet, television, video or audio, ending with examination or other verification processes. The contact hours acquired for this activity shall be as recommended by the program sponsor.
  7. College or university credit courses dealing with architectural subjects or business practice. Each semester hour shall equal 15 contact hours. A quarter hour shall equal 10 contact hours.
  8. Contact hours spent in educational tours of architecturally significant projects, where the tour is sponsored by a college, university or professional organization.
  9. Authoring published papers, articles or books. A maximum of 12 contact hours may be acquired in this activity.

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Illinois 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 Illinois Board?

The way it works in Illinois, 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 Illinois architect license. We do not offer any classroom continuing education courses for Illinois 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 Illinois 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 Illinois architect continuing education courses?

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