Requirements: 24 hours by the last day of the registrant’s birth month every two years
(Licensees need to obtain 12 continuing education hours each year for a total of 24 per biennium)
The New Hampshire Board of Architects does not pre-approve providers or courses.
Of the 12 hours required each year (for a total of 24 hours per renewal):
- 8 hours (16 hours total) each must be in health, safety and welfare
- 4 hours (8 hours total) must be in sustainable design
Course Info: Eight hours of continuing education shall be in the area of health, safety and welfare which includes the following subject areas:
- Building design;
- Code of ethics;
- Construction administration;
- Construction contract laws, legal aspects;
- Construction documents, services;
- Construction functions, materials, methods, and systems;
- Energy efficiency;
- Asbestos, lead-based paint, toxic emissions;
- Environmental analysis and issues of building materials and systems;
- Building fire codes, flame spread, smoke contribution, explosives;
- Fire safety systems, detection and alarm standards;
- Insurance to protect the owners of property and injured parties;
- Interior design;
- Laws and regulations governing the practice of architecture;
- Life safety codes;
- Materials and systems: roofing/waterproofing, wall systems;
- Material use, function, and features;
- Mechanical, plumbing, electrical: system concepts, materials and methods;
- Natural hazards, earthquake, hurricane, flood, related to building design;
- Preservation, renovation, restoration, and adaptive reuse;
- Security of buildings, design;
- Site and soils analysis;
- Site design;
- Specification writing;
- Structural issues; and
- Surveying methods, techniques.
Four units of continuing education shall be in the area of sustainable design which includes the following subject areas:
- Active solar thermal systems;
- Alternative energy;
- Alternative transportation;
- Appropriate size and growth;
- Biomimicry, nature as a model;
- Building form;
- Building monitoring;
- Building orientation;
- Carbon offsets;
- Cavity walls for insulating airspace;
- Conserving systems and equipment;
- Contract documents related to sustainable design;
- Construction waste management;
- Cool roofs;
- Deconstruction and salvage materials;
- Earth sheltering;
- Efficient artificial lighting;
- Efficient site lighting systems;
- Energy modeling;
- Energy source ramifications;
- Energy-saving appliances and equipment;
- Environmental education;
- Green roofs;
- High-efficiency equipment;
- Indoor environmental quality;
- Integrated project delivery;
- Life cycle assessment;
- Mass absorption;
- Material selection and embodied energy;
- Natural ventilation;
- Open, active, daylit space;
- Passive solar collection opportunities;
- Preservation/reuse of existing facilities;
- Radiant heating and cooling;
- Renewable energy resources;
- Rightsizing equipment;
- Safety and security systems defensive planting, innovative design, defensive space;
- Smart controls;
- Space zoning;
- Staff training technical training, only;
- Sun shading;
- Systems commissioning;
- Systems tune-up;
- Thermal bridging;
- Total building commissioning;
- Vegetation for sun control;
- Walkable communities;
- Waste-heat recovery;
- Water conservation;
- Windows and openings;
- Green specifications; and
- Zoning, regulatory, codes.
The content of each presentation shall be well organized and presented in a sequential manner.
Self directed learning activities shall include a written instrument which tests the licensee’s comprehension of the content of that course or program.
Board website: https://www.oplc.nh.gov/architects/
New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire Board?
The way it works in New Hampshire, 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 New Hampshire architect license. We do not offer any classroom continuing education courses for New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire architect continuing education courses?
No problem. Just call our continuing education specialists at (888)564-9098 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .