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Wisconsin Architects

Requirements:  24 contact hours by July 31st in even years.

Of the 24 hours, 16 hours must be in HSW topics pertinent to the practice of architecture.

Standards for approval

(1) To be approved for credit, a continuing education program shall meet all of the following criteria:

(a) The program includes instruction in an organized method of learning contributing directly to the professional competency of the registrant and pertains to subject matters which integrally relate to the practice of the profession.
(b) The program is conducted by individuals who have specialized education, training or experience and are considered qualified concerning the subject matter of the program.
(c) The program provides proof of attendance or certificate of completion, which may include course completion examinations, to fulfill pre-established goals and objectives.

(2) The architect section may approve providers for continuing education programs including the following:

(a) American Institute of Architects.
(b) Constructions Specifications Institute.
(c) National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
(d) Accredited colleges, universities or other educational institutions and schools of architecture.
(e) Other technical or professional societies or similar organizations devoted to architectural education, design or construction technology education.

Continuing education may be obtained by successful completion of any of the following:

(a) Structured educational activities in which the teaching methodology, either synchronous or asynchronous learning, consists primarily of the systemic presentation of information by qualified individuals or organizations which present identifiable technical and professional subjects in a planned manner.

(b) A college or university course in the area of architecture, related sciences and ethics. One college or university semester credit hour is equivalent to 15 contact hours. One college or university quarter credit hour is equivalent to 10 contact hours.

(c) Seminars, tutorials, monographs, lectures, presentations, workshops, short courses or in-house courses in person or via distance education by computer, video or telephone.

(d) Attending technical or professional membership meetings at which at least one contact hour is spent discussing architecture issues, attending a lecture on architecture-related issues, or both. Each qualified meeting will be awarded one contact hour.

(e) Teaching or instructing an architectural course in the area of architecture, related sciences or professional ethics. Teaching credit may not apply to full-time faculty at a college, university or educational institution. Teaching credit may be valid for the initial presentation only and claimed for credit only once. Teaching credit does not apply to faculty in the performance of their regularly assigned duties. One college or university semester credit hour of teaching is equivalent to 15 contact hours. One college or university quarter credit hour of teaching is equivalent to 10 contact hours.

(f) Serving as a member of a professional board, commission, committee of the state or its political subdivisions related to architectural matters, including planning commissions, building code advisory boards, urban renewal boards, code study committees or regulatory boards. A maximum of 2 contact hours shall be awarded per year.

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Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin Board?

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

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