Ensure quality continuing education opportunities for members. 

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Accreditation Requirements


Requirement 1: Offer at least 18 CES credit hours annually, of which at least 12 are Health/Safety/Welfare (HSW), to ensure members have access to sufficient credits to maintain AIA membership. These hours may be part of a collaborative education plan with other CES providers. For at least 4 of these 18 hours, the component should have some direct involvement in creating, facilitating, or customizing that content for its members to foster high-quality, relevant courses.

Documentation: The institute will verify component provider course records. If the component does not provide 18 AIA LU/12 HSW credits annually, provide a CES partnership form that shows how it partnered with another CES provider to create educational courses. The institute will verify that at least four credit hours were filed using the component’s own CES Provider account.


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Requirement 2: Comply with requirements outlined in the CES Provider Manual to assure a basic level of quality and member service.

Documentation: The institute will verify that key requirements in the CES Provider Manual are being observed; specifically, submitting courses and updating member transcripts in a timely manner.


Requirement 3: Provide career information and mentoring opportunities for emerging professionals to engage members early in their careers. Each state component appoints and maintains contact with the state Architect Licensing Advisor, who serves as a resource to AXP participants.

Documentation: Provide at least one sample of component member communications that describe the component’s AXP, ARE, career, or mentoring activities. State components must provide the name of the state Architect Licensing Advisor.


AIA’s Center for Emerging Professionals

Leadership Education

Architectural Experience Program (AXP)

AIA Kansas City ARE Success Teams

AIA Charlotte’s Mentorship Exchange program

Need help with Education?

AIA National staff are available to help.  We are available to answer questions, brainstorm a strategy, or help you leverage national content, expertise, and program resources so that you can maximize your components successful delivery of services in this core service area.

Continuing Education
Stephen Martin
Managing Director, Professional Development & Resources
(202) 626 7410

Ramiro Solorzano, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Assoc.
Sr. Manager, CES
(202) 626 7350

Allison Shaffer
Manager, AIAU
(202) 626 7347

Info Central
CES Support
(800) 242 3837, Option 3 (Continuing Education Support)

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