What is Mandatory Continuing Education?

Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) is education required by a state to retain licensure. Each state has the legal right to establish its own guidelines and requirements. However, most state’s requirements are similar, whether they require architects to meet them annually or biannually. If you, like the average AIA member, have four or more state licenses, you must meet the continuing education requirements for all the states in which you intend to practice.

Most states that require MCE will accept AIA/CES transcripts as documentation for completion of valid continuing education credit. For AIA members, this means that our single record-keeping system is the documentation needed for reporting your state MCE requirements when requested. We do, however, strongly suggest that you keep backup documentation of your activities as support, especially if the credit is a self-reported activity, as it may be requested.

California has instituted MCE in conjunction with the biannual license renewal cycle. Our state requires 5 hours of learning in disability access and 5 hours of learning in Zero Net Carbon Design. Click here to read complete MCE rules.

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Obtain Continuing Education Credit

AIA California regularly hosts live webinars focused on climate action, practice, housing, and more. Additionally, AIA California has joined forces with aecKnowledge to provide online and on-demand mandatory continuing education courses. This allows professionals to pursue educational opportunities at their own pace and according to their own schedule. While legislation in California requires architects to complete five hours of continuing education credits in accessibility and five hours of continuing education credits in Zero Net Carbon Design, to keep current with your AIA Membership you are required to complete 18 continuing education credits (LUs) from registered AIA/CES providers each year. Of the 18 LUs, 12 must be in the topic areas of health, safety and welfare (HSW).


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