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(1) To maintain active practice, you must accumulate twenty-four professional development hours (PDH) for the upcoming two-year renewal period.

(2) The PDH you accumulate are subject to audit by the board.

(3) Up to twelve PDH over the required hours can be carried forward from the second year of your previous renewal period.


Course Info:

(1) You are responsible to seek out qualifying activities that can be demonstrated to the board as relevant to professional development.

(a) Activities are not preapproved by the board.
(b) Activities must be relevant to the practice of architecture and may include technical, ethical or managerial content.

(i) At least sixteen PDH must address public health, safety and welfare.
(ii) All activities must have a clear purpose and objective that will maintain, improve or expand skills and knowledge relevant to the practice of architecture.

(2) The board is the final authority with respect to claimed qualifying activities and the respective PDH credit.

(3) The qualifying activity becomes eligible for credit upon completion of the given activity.

(4) Examples of qualifying activities:

Sample Activities (one PDH is equal to no less than fifty minutes of activity)

Maximum Per Renewal Cycle

One hour of preparation and subsequent presentation per subject of a professional development program at seminars, professional/technical meetings, conventions or conferences. This credit does not apply to full-time faculty.

16 PDH

For publication or presentation of an authored technical paper or article.


For publication or presentation of an authored book.


Serving as an elected officer or appointed member for one of the following:


A committee in a professional society or organization;

A professional board or commission;

A regulatory board for the practice of architecture.
Up to four PDH shall be earned upon the completion of each year of service per organization.
Professional examination grading or writing: Serving as an exam grader or on a committee writing exam materials for a professional licensure examination.


One hour of attendance at meetings or hearings of the board. This credit does not apply to existing board members or to parties or witnesses in hearings before the board.


One hour of work, outside normal duties of employment that involves participation in other recognized professional activities.


One hour of self-study relevant to the practice of architecture.


One hour of participation in organized courses relevant to the practice of architecture, including those provided by your employer, trade organizations, technical or professional societies, or the board.

No limit

One hour of attendance at professional or technical society meetings with an informational program.


Pro bono service that has a clear purpose and objective and maintains, improves, or expands the professional knowledge or skill of the registrant. Four hours of service is equal to one PDH.


One hour of participation in an activity involving substantial and organized peer interaction, excluding time spent during regular employment.


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Washington 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 Washington Board?

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

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