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Requirements: 24 hours biennially by June 30th based on last name.

A-K renew in even years
L-Z renew in odd years

At least 16 hours of the 24 hours must by HSW.  All 24 hours can be taken in online courses. The Board does not pre-approve courses.

Course Info:

The following suggested list may be used by all registrants in determining the types of activities which may fulfill continuing education requirements:

  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 technical presentations on architectural subjects which are held in conjunction with conventions or at seminars related to materials use and function. Such presentations as those sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, Construction Specifications Institute, Construction Products Manufacturers Council or similar organizations devoted to architectural education will qualify. .
  3. Contact hours in attendance at short courses or seminars, relating to business practice or new technology and offered by colleges, universities, professional organizations or system suppliers.
  4. Three preparation hours for each class hour spent teaching architectural courses or seminars. College or university faculty may not claim credit for teaching regular curriculum courses.
  5. Contact hours spent in professional service to the public which draws upon the registrant’s professional expertise on boards and commissions, such as serving on planning commissions, building code advisory boards, urban renewal boards, or code study committees.
  6. Contact hours spent in architectural research which is published or is formally presented to the profession or public.
  7. Contact hours spent in architectural self-study courses such as those sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB), or similar organizations.
  8. 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 ten contact hours.
  9. Contact hours spent in educational tours of architecturally significant buildings, where the tour is sponsored by college, university or professional organizations.

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Iowa 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 Iowa Board?

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

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